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  • Perfect Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: TVA Inc.; 1st edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980098203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980098204
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Dewett is dedicated to developing and inspiring people in organizations by combining a massive dose of energy with world class knowledge to deliver a message that brings leadership to life. He has been quoted in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, MSNBC, and hundreds of other outlets. Dr. Dewett's credentials include a BBA from the University of Memphis, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in Management from Texas A&M University. Dr. Dewett has consulted with, trained, spoken to, and instructed professionals from a wide range of organizations including Fortune 500s, a host of business associations, smaller organizations and government agencies. Before going it alone Dr. Dewett enjoyed roles at Andersen Consulting as well as Ernst & Young. Currently, he is settled in Houston, TX where he continues his quest to improve our capacity to lead.

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Dr. Dewett is an author, speaker, coach, recovering management professor, consultant, and Harley Davidson nut. His job is to build better leaders and teams. He is the author of The Little Black Book of Leadership and The Little Black Book of Leadership Ideas. Recent clients include: Booz Allen Hamilton, State Farm, JM Smucker, Medtronic, TGI Fridays, Standard Register, Cox Media, NCR, Sogeti, Emerson, RustOleum, and many more. His unique brand of energetic leadership knowledge has resulted in quotes in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, CNN, Investors Business Daily, USA Today, and hundreds of other outlets. After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, he has since consulted with, trained, spoken to, or coached thousands of professionals around the world. Visit his home online at drdewett.com.

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This book has helped me realize how to handle so many situations already today at work.
Betsy Krieg
Todd uses interesting acronyms (e.g. DIIE) to relate to the process for solving problems and makes it simple for emerging leaders.
Uday Sekar
Dr. Dewett uses a very unique approach to explain his knowledge and experiences about leadership.
Nihan E. Brunton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Krieg on June 14, 2008
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This book is funny, full of ideas, and so dang true about the day to day life in cubicleland. I love how it's not for top executives per say but for the mid level managers/leaders who make so many important day to day decisions.

The analysis of several concepts would seem so easy, but like Dewett says, we still mess them up every day. This book has helped me realize how to handle so many situations already today at work. It's a great feeling to be able to think about real names and situations where his rules apply!

I love it, and I think I'm going to read it again - after I let one of my MBA buddies borrow it of course! :)

I would suggest it to all business folks living in cubicleland!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2011
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If a "little black book" is a list of top date choices, Todd Dewett's book is well named. This handy little volume provides a quick overview of the basics - enough information to have a fling with leadership, but not enough to be ready to marry it. While it lacks deep insight, it is certainly helpful as a directory for new managers and wannabe leaders. Dewett adopts a global, big-picture approach, outlining and discussing the personal and professional attributes, qualities, and characteristics leaders need. His suggestions include some detail (note the cogent two pages on body language), but they may seem routine unless you need an introduction to the basics. Even Dewett characterizes his concepts as "simple ideas," but his time-tested advice tells novice managers how to start stepping out - and isn't that one of the things a little black book is supposed to do? getAbstract suggests this book as a useful guide to first dates for new leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick McCormick on March 30, 2011
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"The Little Black Book of Leadership" concentrates on the fundamentals of leadership. Author, Todd Dewett, covers a wide array of topics - from personal skills like time management to team building, conflict resolution, and developing team members. It is a series of straightforward, practical tips for leading successfully.

Dewett unveils a leadership oath at the start of the book that encapsulates the meaning and purpose of a leader. It sets the tone for the entire book, and it alone is worth the purchase price. Oh, if only more leaders took the oath and adhered to it!

The author has a refreshingly casual and blunt style which makes for a quick and enjoyable read. He quickly nullifies the leader vs. manager debate and blows away other myths. He also introduces some fun tidbits like his definition for BLAME - an acronym meaning Barely Legitimate Almost Meaningless Excuse. He reserves a chapter to describe his leadership rules: Reduce Ambiguity, Be Fair, and Stay Positive. Lots of good stuff!

"The Little Black Book of Leadership" is filled with valuable advice. It is a fine resource for both aspiring and seasoned leaders.

--Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down," and "Lead Well and Prosper"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Keller on November 28, 2008
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One of the best business books I've read in recent years. I'm docking it a partial star for a couple reasons. First, there is some stronger language is used in places where I didn't feel it supported the point. Second, I like to be lazy as a reader and I appreciate an outline of the chapter at the beginning and a summary at the end. Neither reason should dissuade you from reading this book.

This book speaks to denizens of cubicleville on up the ladder, unlike most business books that are written for super senior leaders like the CEO. In particular I appreciated Chapter 2, an guide to self-improvement. I read it, did some introspection, re-read parts, did a 360, more introspection, and developed some plans; so I would say it was motivating and informative. Worth it for that chapter alone.

If you are looking to improve yourself, lead people more effectively, develop your staff, be more valuable to your organization, or become more promotable, then this is a book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green_Blue on May 8, 2008
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This is definitely a book that cube-dwellers, their bosses, their loved ones, and anyone else should read. It gives some very insightful (sometimes obvious but definitely useful) views about organizational behavior and the art of dealing with people. In any line of work, it's the people that can make or break an organization. This book provides some interesting (and unique) perspectives on how to best survive in the real world.

Dr. Dewett through his ironic descriptions calls out a number of tendencies that leaders sometimes rely upon and makes them ponder whether their actions and belief are actually beneficial or not. And he recommends things that at first glance may seem the opposite of most people's initial reaction to work issues.

I liked the fact that this book is not targeted specifically at the CEO rank (although I believe it would be very beneficial to them as well) but at the remainder of the organization that has the ability to lead and influence, managers and subordinates alike. The irreverent discussions may be a burr to those who prefer an organization of strict hierarchal power, but they come with basic truths that are useful to anyone.

The book is a very easy read, a very good read, and one I would recommend to anyone entering a business school or into the "real world"...
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