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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable reminders for effective leadership at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise
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.

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Published on October 31, 2012 by Robert Morris

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5 pages in, I fell asleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable reminders for effective leadership at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise, October 31, 2012
This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (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. set the proverbial "table" for) each of the three sections, then "Think About..." sections within all of the chapters, each of which is devoted to one of the 101 Tips. He also inserts dozens of appropriate quotations throughout his narrative as well as diagnostic exercises that enable, indeed facile interaction between the reader and the given material. The "Action Tips" sections all by themselves are worth far more than the cost of the book.

For experienced managers, the 101 Tips offer few head-snapping revelations but the tips can serve as valuable reminders. As another holiday season approaches, I highly recommend this book as a gift to those who have only recently embarked on a business career or are now preparing to do so. I also highly recommend this book to owner/CEOs of small companies, presuming to suggest that they purchase copies for their key people. Here's another suggestion: Schedule a "brown bag seminar" and assign a few chapters in advance -- those that are most relevant to the given company's current situation -- as preparation for a group discussion. Just a thought....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Toolbox for Leaders, April 13, 2013
This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Training and/or Group Discussion, February 20, 2013
This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for leadership and executive coaches to give their clients, November 30, 2012
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This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (Hardcover)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and Powerful Guide to Better Leadership, October 28, 2012
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This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide for All Businesses, February 22, 2014
This review is from: The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation (Hardcover)
Loved this book. It's simple leadership guidelines make it a great book for any business owner or entrepreneur. i read it many months ago and still refer to it as the "Bible" for leading an organization. Kip Marlow, author ofThe Entrepreneurs: Success and Sacrifice
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5.0 out of 5 stars great leadership book, July 28, 2013
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lots of excellent insights and advice. Highly recommend. very practical handbook. As part of 2013, this will help me become a better leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Be a Better Leader, March 23, 2013
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Gives good examples of the different styles of leadership and how to treat/act the different characters. Good read for individuals in managerial/supervisor roles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and concise, March 10, 2013
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This concise leadership guide is full of pearls that you will come back referring to multiple times. My mentor recommended and I do too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, January 1, 2013
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Have an idea for the new year to use a tip for a discussion point with supervisors I am training.
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