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The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today Hardcover – September 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (September 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074325001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743250016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Blanchard is a veritable self-help book writing machine. His latest-a typically slim volume offering a typically simple parable-concerns a competition between two leaders with wildly different management styles. One leader takes "the leadership pill," which gives him "all the attributes of effective leadership." The other leader does not take the medication. Although the book is presumably not an advertisement for natural healing, it seems that way at times: it turns out the leader who doesn't take the pill winds up winning the competition. The message? Leadership takes time-it can't be learned overnight (or ingested via pill form). Leaders must show integrity, build "a culture of partnership" and affirm their employees' sense of self-worth by letting them know what they do is important. It's a solid, though obvious, message that should resonate with fans of Blanchard's brand of advice.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Marcus Buckingham Coauthor of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths The Leadership Pill is as instructive as it is entertaining, with a positive message that can truly help managers at any level to develop effective leadership.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson Chairman and CEO, Carlson Companies Ken Blanchard has come up with a prescription for what ails American business -- The Leadership Pill. Its active ingredients of integrity, partnership, and affirmation have been part of our daily diet at Carlson for sixty-five years, and we've never felt better!

Kim Regenhard, VP Human Resources Customer Services & Operations, AT&T Wireless The Leadership Pill is entertaining and easy to read, and the action-oriented steps are truly valuable. The book includes the perfect "prescription" for anyone who has a desire not only to manage but to lead. I think Blanchard and Muchnick have created the next Management Book of the Year!

Dan T. Cathy President and COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc. The One Minute doctor has done it again with partner Marc Muchnick by prescribing a Rx labeled The Leadership Pill that when taken as directed is sure to lead to greater organizational healthiness.

Mary Anne Brannon Technical Operations, Development & Learning, Delta Air Lines What an easy-to-understand approach to building positive and productive relationships...both professionally and personally. It's about doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. When people understand their respective roles in the business, the results are more than just the dollar. The lessons of The Leadership Pill could make a "new course" for Delta.

Marilyn Winn Senior VP, Human Resources, Harrah's Entertainment The Leadership Pill is excellent in every way -- a worthy successor to The One Minute Manager.

Jeanine Kestler Dell Computer Human Resources Executive Creative and entertaining...captures the true essence of leadership.

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Customer Reviews

Yet, with so many simple attributes that define great leadership.
Michele-National Retail Sales-Anheuser-Busch
It is a very enjoyable book, easy to read, and the way it blends the story with management aspects, makes the points to sink in and be understood.
Pegassos
I recommend "The Leadership Pill" as an easy to read guide to improving your skills in leading and managing people.
Todd Hudnall

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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lorenzi on February 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Go to page 110. Read the four themes: integrity, partnership, affirmation, and perfecting the blend. Perhaps read each of the three bullet points for each of the four themes. Do this while browsing at a bookstore or, better yet, at the local library. Good. You now have spent thirty seconds and saved yourself money and the other fourteen-and-a-half minutes it takes to read the entire book.
Should we be grateful that leadership can be expressed so concisely and learned -- no, mastered -- so quickly? Or should we wonder who would pay a full-book price for 112 very short pages? Or should we wonder when the authors say, "The focus group data is (sic) compelling?" (p.3). Five-star reviews come from people in the first category.
The parable is full of sweet, easily transformed people, coming alive after years of mistreatment by management, brought back to life by a simple yet incredibly powerful act or word from "The Effective Leader". There is little to be generalized from these simple, simplistic cliches.
This is a variation on the incredibly successful "One-minute manager," which had similar characteristics to an article entitled, "McGregor" a few years earlier in "Organizational Dynamics," espousing one-minute praise, punishment and goals. In this case, Blanchard and Muchnick describe a people-oriented, empowering leadership model and contrast it with the pill-induced, autocratic, domineering, results-oriented style they attribute to "Patton, Napoleon and Attila the Hun." Suffice it to say, the pill doesn't work. It's poisonous. Like heroin, it gives the leader a rush of power and grandeur, but only until the followers get pretty sick and tired of ego tripping.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By F. C. Martin on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and I read it today. It is really easy to read and it is loaded with very helpful suggestions for leaders that explain how to effectively create a cohesive work environment without relying on force. I especially liked the ideas about "no Monday meetings," "lunch and learn sessions," "one-on-one 15 to 30 minute meetings", and "leadership shadowing." It was very powerful and thought provoking and it helped me to see some things that I can do to improve the way that I handle situations with my team. I have recommended that our training organization include it on their suggested reading list . Its quick, fun, and insightful.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "ryanjwalters2003" on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Ken Blanchard captured me with another story about leadership development. Emphasizing the basics and recognizing that we can't escape them, was the message for me. I recommend this book, because there are no shortcuts for integrity and commitment.
Recently I read a book Dr. Blanchard recommended which totally turned my career and life around called Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self. Before reading Optimal Thinking, I was confused about some of the shortcomings of positive thinking. Optimal Thinking clarified the shortcomings, showed me how to overcome them, taught me how to make the most of any situation, bring out the best in others and truly be my best.
To anyone reading this review, buy every book Dr. Blanchard writes or recommends. Dr. Blanchard, I thank you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tanya ross-lane on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Awesome Book - I love the way this book engaged my heart not only my mind in the role of leading others. Efficient leadership is deterimed by those who are asked to follow. This little book has been able in a parable reveal what it feels like to follow both the in-efficient and efficient leader. Most of my formal management training classes/courses and books on the subject have helped to analysis the cost of poor leadership in financial terms. It will help you to get the feeling of what are the ingredients of truly effective leadership.
This book covered efficient leadership in everyday situations. The book will inspire those who truly are interested in efficient leadership strategies for the next generation. Leadership can no longer afford to be emotionally detached this parable reveals the connections of leadership to morale, productivity and active engagement at all levels.
Read the book then pass it on. Give it to your peers with in organizations in which you lead. But then try something different give it to a young person that you want to bless and give a head start in becoming an effective leader at school and at home. It's easy to read and short. I recommended that you buy this book read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Your eyes will remain open for days after you read this book. This book proves that you can always learn something new from other professional/intelligent people. The author is a true expert in the field of leadership and motivation. He has written a book that is easy to read and fun, but most of all educational. Even if you have read many similar books, you will walk away with some new insight and fresh ideas. This book was a "breath of fresh air" for me and my associates.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Author Ken Blanchard's literary franchise began with the stunningly successful The One Minute Manager. He has mastered the art of a certain type of book for supervisors and higher executives who need to learn more about management, values and leadership. These readers probably don't have a lot of time and they like to get right to the bottom line - Blanchard obliges. His book enjoys the blessing of brevity, and he takes an accessible, creative approach to demonstrating that effective management really matters, that it takes time to develop and that it is not the result of trendy theories or relentless bossy practices. Blanchard encapsulates his lessons in an bouncy parable about a contest between a company that uses a manufactured leadership pill to instill a pumped up results-only approach and a company that uses value-driven leadership based on integrity, partnership and affirmation. Although the medicine may be a bit basic, We recommend this dosage for students of the art of effective leadership. It's a spoonful of sugar.
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