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Team Bush : Leadership Lessons from the Bush White House Hardcover – February 19, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071416331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071416337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kettl, a University of Wisconsin public affairs professor, aims in this fast, accessible read to uncover "the leadership ideas and methods of America's 43rd president." In the process, he finds George W. Bush's most striking accomplishment to be that he "has consistently exceeded expectations." Kettl describes a president of average intellect with one saving grace: the ability to assemble, unify and lead a highly qualified management team that analyzes complex problems and solutions, thus enabling Bush to make effective decisions. Kettl attributes Bush's team-building skills to his easygoing style; his insistence that his staff be punctual, concise and professionally attired; and his education as "the nation's first MBA president." There are stimulating ideas, such as tips on creating and using political capital, aligning the structure of staff to personal strengths, and crafting and delivering effective messages. As with most lesson books, however, the ideas lose their impact and originality when summarized, e.g., "Develop a plan-and stick to it" and "Don't fight battles you can't win." Kettl draws these lessons almost exclusively from media reportage; while he serves on an advisory panel to the White House's Office of Management and Budget, there's no promise of insider information. Bush's ability to lead is certainly a compelling topic, but perhaps because we are only two years into a presidency filled with controversy and challenge, the book lacks any depth of research or perspective.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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[Bush has] the ability to assemble, unify and lead a highly qualified management team that analyzes complex problems and solutions. -- Publisher's Weekly, February 2003

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Evan T. Ackerman on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a former student of Dr. Kettl's at UW-Madison, and i very much enjoyed his class. I can honestly say that it was impossible to determine where he stood politically from his teaching, which is a huge credit to him. I found this book very informative. It was quite interesting to learn more about our current president. Dr. Kettl hits the nail right on the head when he says that G.W. is someone who is consistently underestimated. I enjoyed this book very much!!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Morgan on July 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an in-depth look at the Bush administration and more importantly Bush himself. Kettl says that Bush likes to be underestimated so that he oculd prove everyone wrong. Each chapter is a leadership quality that the Bush administration has done well with and at the end of each chapter is a list of lessons that one in the business world could take and use in the office or school etc...This is a quick read and insightful.
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By Richard Owen on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Quick, easy, informative read. Makes watching the news more interesting with the insight gained from the Team Bush. Thanx.
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8 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about a great President. In many ways I can identify with Pres. Bush. Like him I was born into wealth. Like him I was a mediocre student who 'partied' and was wild with the young ladies. It was only after numerous arrests for indescristions which my dad bailed me out was I able to find Jesus and the right path. Then my dad bought me a real estate business but that did not do well so his friends bought it from me for millions and then I bought another business. This time I bought some brains to run the business while I golfed with my frat boy friends. The business is thrifing thank to the numerous tax cuts intitiated by Pres. Bush. This is proof Team Bush is working for me!
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