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The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation Hardcover – November 7, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"… full of tools you can add to your leadership toolbox and immediately put to good use.” --Sources of Insight

“You'll find the answer, whatever the leadership question, in these pages-and you'll get the message quickly." --Life Insurance Selling magazine

"...a must-have for every leader and budding-leader who would value a go-to resource to help them in any leadership predicament." --C-Level Strategies

“Dynamically written and very well organized, both conceptually and visually, readers can pick up good advice just leafing through it.” --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight magazine

"...fabulous compact guide to all the situations leaders face today, as well as the ones that are forming on the horizon.” --Blue Heron Journal

"What I like most about John’s work is that it is practical. I can put his advice to use immediately." --Leadership Insights

“…next best thing to having John as your own personal coach. He shares the lessons he’s learned coaching others.” --LeadershipNow

“…this book enables readers to become greater influencers in every arena of their lives.” --T+D Magazine

"...immediately implementable advice relevant to leaders at all levels within an organization.” --StrategyDriven

“Author John Baldoni is a great leadership thinker and this book encapsulates some of his best thinking.” --Leadership & Learning

“Since leadership is awfully hard, and a 24/7 sort of job, the fact that it's actually pocket-sized, and that its advice is short and pithy, makes it even more useful.” --AccountingToday

“This book is indispensable and should be on every manager’s bookshelf to be easily accessible and widely used!“ --Portland Book Review

"Baldoni has amassed a wealth of meaningful insight and suggestions in a compact resource for leaders who want to improve themselves…” --The School Administrator

Book Description

Before you can lead others, you must learn to lead yourself. Yet those tasked with leadership roles must discover what their people—and their companies—respond to as they go. The Leader’s Pocket Guide provides readers with concise, on-the-job expertise to inspire and direct them on their professional journey.

Organized into three easy-reference sections—Self, Colleagues, and Organization—the book supplies readers with tactical tips on how to:

• Deliver Inspiration

• Demonstrate character

• Develop confidence

• Communicate with authority

• Think critically

• Foster innovation

• Connect with others

• Resolve conflicts

• Add buzz to their leadership brand

• Coach for development

• Recognize achievement

• Instill company-wide purpose

• Deal with adversity

Augmented by up-to-date research on the role of leaders and the expectations followers have for them, this pithy, powerful, and portable guide contains energizing action tips, self-assessments, and “Think About…” sections to spur readers on to reach continuously greater heights of leadership excellence.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; Poc edition (November 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081443231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814432310
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, and author of more than dozen books that have been translated into 10 languages including Mandarin, Hungarian, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. John serves as chair of leadership development at N2Growth, a global leadership consultancy.

In 2015, Trust Across America named John to its list of top 100 most trusted business experts for the second consecutive year. In 2014, named John to its list of top 50 experts for leadership and management and top 100 list of leadership speakers. And Global Gurus named John number 11 on its list of top thirty global leadership experts. John was first named to this prestigious list in 2007.

John has taught what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At sea level in Orlando, Florida, John spoke to nearly one thousand USAF/JAG commissioned and non-commissioned officers on leadership and communication. And his book, Lead Your Boss, was hailed by Harvard Business Review as a "guide that provides useful advice... [and] is encouraging and inspirational."

John began his business career in a fifteenth floor office with a view of a private golf course. Around the corner was a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. In between was a recording studio where John produced and edited corporate radio spots worked with Fortune 500 executives in leadership communications and development. But John gave that all up to start his own business in the spare bedroom of a beachfront rental more than three decades ago.

In time, John established a career as a highly sought after communications and leadership consultant, where he had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

John's newest book is MOXIE: The Secret of Bold and Gusty Leadership, which explores the grit and determination leaders need to exert to overcome challenges. Blending real-life stories with research and interviews, John provides a roadmap for how leaders can lead with greater awareness, more determined purpose and focused engagement in order to achieve inspired results.

His tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself, solidified John's reputation for blending thought-provoking ideas with pragmatic advice. Over the past decade John has established himself as world authority on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day.

His 2012 book, The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips and Techniques for Any Situation, has been recognized as a practical resource for those seeking to improve their leadership skills. His follow-up book, The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence, has provided insights that managers need to present their messages and themselves authentically.

Through his books and his over 500 columns for leading business publications including, Harvard Business Review, Inc. and many others, John has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership. All of these topics complement John's mission to help individuals and their organization achieve positive results.

John speaks widely to corporate, professional, military and university audiences. Those who attend John's keynotes and workshops find his advice to be practical and his advice inspirations. Mixed with stories of great men and women, and leavened with light-hearted humor, John seeks down-to-earth practical advice that individuals can apply immediately. John's presentations blend his passion for leadership with genuine enthusiasm for helping people achieve their leadership ambitions.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
Those who have read one or more of John Balboni's previous books (notably Lead Your Boss, Lead by Example, Lead with Purpose, and 12 Steps to Power Presence) and/or his blog posts already know that he is among the most intelligent and most knowledgeable of contemporary business thinkers. I hold both him and his work in very high regard.

What we have in his latest is a "little" book offering huge value. Each of his 101 tips and techniques could well be indispensable in almost any given situation, depending on the circumstances, of course, but all are based on the scope and depth of Baldoni's real-world experience. He has an insatiable curiosity to understand what works, what doesn't, and why so that he can then share what he has learned with as many other people as possible.

The material is carefully organized within three sections: Self (Tips 1-20), Colleagues (21-53), and Organization (54-101). As Baldoni explains, that sequence is obviously intentional and eminently sensible: "Leadership has often been defined as a journey. The journey begins with the starting point, and that starting point is the self...One of the challenging aspects of leadership, if not the most challenging, is leading one's peers...Since few leaders do anything by themselves, it is necessary to build a coalition of willing partners who believe in your cause - and what's more, believe in you...What does it take to lead an organization? A commitment to service, specifically a willingness to put the organization first so that it succeeds [and a] commitment to making the positive difference for oneself, the team, and the organization."

I appreciate Balboni's skillful use of several reader-friendly devices that include "Research Says..." section to introduce (i.e.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ives on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Leader’s Pocket Guide by John Baldoni is a well organized collection of leadership principles focused on one’s self, colleagues, and organization. In his book, John provides readers with insights on a wide array of topics including:
- Demonstrating character
- Developing confidence
- Inspiring others
- Resolving conflict
- Coaching and rewarding others
- Aligning the organization to shared goals

I like The Leader’s Pocket Guide for its immediately implementable advice relevant to leaders at all levels within an organization. Specifically, I enjoyed the action tips, self-assessments, and ‘Think About…’ sections of John’s book, all of which challenge the reader to reflect on his or her leadership acumen to identify and improve on areas of weakness.

I found the layout of The Leader’s Pocket Guide to be advantageous for use in developing one’s subordinates. The individualized leadership lessons enable managers to conduct training and/or group discussion sessions focused on a particular principle. Additionally, this segmentation allows the book to be used in daily reflection to help one hone his or her own leadership skills.

The insightful, actionable leadership principles presented in this well organized book makes The Leader’s Pocket Guide a StrategyDriven recommended read.

All the Best,
Nathan Ives
StrategyDriven Principal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Scott on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have flipped through this book several times and it is full of great advice for leaders.

Baldoni talks about how to hire people with integrity, how to build enthusiasm, and about the necessity for accountability at work. This is an essential tool every leader needs to keep close.

I have enjoyed flipping through this book. It is helpful and it is an excellent gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Murdock, Executive Coach on November 30, 2012
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If you are a leadership or executive coach, John Baldoni's new book "The Leader's Pocket Guide - 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips And Techniques For Any Situation" would make a great gift for your clients. It is chock full of very concise and practical tips for just about any challenge a leader would encounter. It will be a great way to give my clients ongoing support. It is organized into sections about leading yourself, your colleagues and the organization. The challenge of working with one's colleagues is often the toughest for leaders and this section is outstanding, Leaders are pressed for time and each nugget of wisom ends with a great "think-about" takeaway section.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Genard on October 28, 2012
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Get this book . . . now! John Baldoni has long been an expert on leaders and has written some of the best leadership books on the market. I own a number of them, and use them constantly in my work coaching CEOs, lawyers, government agency heads, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit executives. But The Leader's Pocket Guide is unique. It's a concise guide packed with insight and practical tips for leadership. Each of the 101 techniques featured includes a not-to-be-missed takeaway, and many of the tips feature a "Think About" section that will help further your growth as a leader. You might be amazed at how much insight and practical advice this author has distilled from his own leadership into around 200 pages. If you're looking for a powerful, easy-to-read guidebook chock full of hands-on leadership skills you can use today, this may be the book you've been waiting for.
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