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The Dynamic Path: Access the Secrets of Champions to Achieve Greatness Through Mental Toughness, Inspired Leadership and Personal Transformation Hardcover – September 4, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1594863585 ISBN-10: 159486358X Edition: First Edition

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Citrin, columnist for Yahoo! Finance and senior director for Spencer Stuart, an executive recruitment and leadership consulting firm, guides readers toward reaching their ultimate potential along the path to professional and personal success. Exploring the qualities that create star performers in both business and sports, he examines what it takes to achieve greatness, the building block behavior that forms it and how these behaviors can be learned. His "Dynamic Path" leads from individual achievement through group leadership to leaving a collective legacy, inspired along the way by "Dynamic Moments," when change becomes essential. Citrin recounts lively anecdotes about notable figures including Jeffrey Immelt, Terry Bradshaw, Howard Schultz, Colin Powell and others, distilling the principles of the "Path": grow or perish, build on experiences and accomplishments, focus on the success of others, play to your strengths and interests, and find a worthy and relevant cause. While Citrin's stories sometimes overshadow the practical side of his lessons, there is much of value.
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About the Author

JAMES M. CITRIN is a senior director and board member of Spencer Stuart, one of the world's preeminent executive recruitment and leadership consulting firms. He is the author or coauthor of Lessons from the Top, Zoom, The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, and You're In Charge--Now What?
Citrin writes the popular "Leadership by Example" column for Yahoo! Finance. He lives in Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863585
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Citrin is a noted expert on leadership, executive success, and CEO succession. He is the author of six books, including the brand new critically acclaimed release "You Need a Leader, Now What? How to Choose the Best Person for Your Organization."

Jim is one of the world's foremost executive recruiters and leads Spencer Stuart's North American Board & CEO Practice. Throughout his 18 years at Spencer Stuart, Jim has completed more than 475 CEO, board director, and top management searches for leading media, technology, communications and consumer companies, as well as private-equity firms and major not-for-profit institutions.

Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and served as a trustee on the Vassar Board for 12 years and is currently a trustee at Wesleyan University (where two of his three children are students). He obtained his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating with distinction.

Jim lives in Connecticut, USA.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very, very helpful.
Dave Carpenter
This book was refreashing in the material covered for inspiring action on a path toward creating a personal legacy.
Paul Jones
The author sounds sincere in trying to help people but wow, what a long winded writing style.
Marc

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave Carpenter on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very, very helpful. Before explaining how so, I want to caution potential purchasers.

Much of this book is chock full of snippets about well known athletes. Although the successful from other fields get some coverage, the authors' love for athletics rings strong. I bought the book based on the cover touting it as a book on great leaders...and quickly became discouraged with the plethora of snippets on athletic success, most of them not even involving team sports (where is the leadership in non-team competition?).

As I read on, I also became troubled that the author's examples are very, very heavily male dominated, not surprising in view of his love for non-team competitive sports, but very surprising in view of the author being a super star recruiter in the business world where female power (and success) has become very, very evident.

The good news is that the book ends very strong. Chapter 8 on "Finding a Calling" is alone worth the purchase price. (Readers who want to learn more on this subject will enjoy Brad Swift's excellent book on living a "Life on Purpose.") Astute readers will likely correlate that the failure to find a calling explains the many second life failures that the author serves up (but does not explicitly connect the dots).

Personally I found this book to be very, very helpful, notwithstanding the aforementioned shortcomings. I am currently finishing extensive research on personal peak performance in preparation for the upcoming taping of my Peak Performance program. I found the author to be very thoughtful on the subject and to have done a good job researching some of the work that is out there on the subject. I got great value by testing my own hypothesis against his theories of personal peak performance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JasonB on October 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are two reasons to read this book.

The first is to learn more about a wide array of people from contemporary interviews. This stories and quotes themselves make for good conversation starters, stories for a toast, etc.. The list of people Citrin met with is truly amazing and the fact that most of the people were interviewed for this project is great. You aren't reading an interpretation of a 40 year old quote but a fresh comment or story from people across generations, areas of expertise and perspectives.

The second is to have a thoughtful, reflective view of what you are hoping to accomplish with your life. Whether you are thinking about switching jobs, applying to school, drafting your first novel or just need a jolt to get you unstuck, Citrin's path can be helpful. Like similar books (e.g., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), The Dynamic Path is not a get rich quick scheme or a become powerful overnight checklist, but it is a thoughtful commentary about living a life that matters. I enjoyed the overall structure of the book and the notion that each step on the "path" built on the prior step.

A good long plane ride book when you can think about the stories and the synthesis the author draws away from the distractions of email and cell phones!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Draven on October 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Citrin uses dozens of interviews with varied and impressive personalities to talk about three basic stages on the path to greatness: becoming a champion, being a great leader and leaving a legacy. Citrin has a great writing style that makes the book hard to put down. One other book I highly recommend is Understanding: Train of Thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin Menkes on October 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just finished this book. Its really good- surprised by the fact that I was a bit moved at the end. There's a profound question that the book is wrestling with- to help people make a life that matters. It is a longing that everyone has, and I think this theme will be a powerful message as the world is introduced to its concepts.

Glad to have read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Cooney on July 31, 2011
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I wanted to LOVE this book and when it showed up in it hardcover binding and jacket cover adorned with the red, white and blue ribbon replete with a compass in the form of a medal it did nothing to dampen my anticipation.

Suffice to say its arrival was the high point of this read.

The packaging clearly was better than the product. While the author is quite clear that his purpose is to "access the secrets of champions to achieve greatness through mental toughness, inspired leadership and personal transformation", he fails terribly when held accountable to his own words and standards.

This book shows the author to be slightly more than a sycophant and boot lick to the likes of Joan Benoit Samuelson, Roger Staubauch and Arnold Palmer to start - there are more, PLENTY more semi biographical accounts of people the author finds greatness in and, while I am in agreement with many of those he sites, I do not believe that was the intended premise of his book.

This book would grade considerably higher if it's title were "Some Really Impressive People And What They Have Accomplished" and it would be more truthful marketing if on the cover there was an adorable puppy wagging its tail looking up at its very patronizing yet approving master.

If you want to read about some very nice people who have done some really good things than you may want to take a gander otherwise I would do as the aforementioned Staubach would do on a third down and twenty. Pass.
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