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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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"The Radical Leap, a cut above most of its shelf mates, is written with verve, humor, and convincing candor" -- American Way magazine, 5/15/04

Awesome! I am an unabashed Farber fan! -- Tom Peters

Every leader needs to hear this message and take it to heart. This is a terrific book. -- Patrick Lencioni; Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; President, The Table Group

This is one of the coooolest books I’ve read in recent years on the subject of Leadership. -- Tim Sanders, Author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

About the Author

Steve Farber is the former Vice President and Official Mouthpiece of the Tom Peters Company and is currently President of Extreme Leadership, Inc., an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. In this capacity, he has coached hundreds of clients at such companies as Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Clorox, Intel, Kraft Foods, American Medical Association, Wells Fargo, and Disney. Steve lives in San Diego.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793185688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793185689
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

STEVE FARBER, the president of Extreme Leadership, is a leadership consultant and speaker, and the author of the national bestseller The Radical Leap, The Radical Edge, and Greater Than Yourself. He lives in San Diego, California.

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As a college student I was not thrilled to be given the assignment of reading a book on the topic of leadership. I therefore turned to a friend and business owner who does a lot of reading on this subject. He recommended Steve Farber's The Radical Leap: a Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership and I loved every page of it! The Radical Leap's parable proved to be interesting and easy to read, a wonderful change from most of my text books. After finishing the book in one day I was excited at the prospect of using Farber's advice when I start my full time job after graduating this semester. Using a parable in which the characters discuss the meaning of leadership and how to become an extreme leader Farber teaches his readers how to become such a leader. He provides excellent examples and raises interesting questions for the reader to ponder. Too often when someone reads an informative book they reach the end and wonder what exactly they should have learned or how it applies to their life. Even if they do understand the concepts, they don't know where or how to start applying them. Such is not the case with Farber's book. If you need help applying Farber's ideas after reading The Radical Leap he gives you the specific questions you need to answer. As a person who was hesitant about reading anything on the topic of leadership I can honestly say that The Radical Leap: a Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber has given me a new perspective. This book is excellent and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about pursuing a position of leadership or who wants to gain additional insight on the topic leadership. This book gives you a new and positive outlook at the workplace.
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Imagine someone audacious enough to say that "trust and love and humility are hardcore business principles."
All around us, in the boardrooms and business offices of any number of formerly credible companies, many of the players have literally shredded the concept of honesty - the building block of trust; the only love is the love of compensation packages and power; and humility is a foreign concept long ago discarded for megalomania and self-righteousness and celebrity status.
Imagine someone audacious enough to suggest that people who work in business can change the world for the better.
Doing whatever it takes to meet or exceed analysts' short-term earnings projections to raise the value of the stock and increase shareholder value, now that is a readily observable hardcore business principle. Or at a more micro level, as one boss said to me early on in my career, "Your job is to help me make my bonus."
Imagine someone audacious enough to suggest that we need to reclaim our right and power to set an example of what's right in business and everywhere else, and to challenge the examples that are not.
In the past few years in business and in government, we have been confronted daily with evidence of an American culture in which fear drives behavior to conform rather than confront, in which intimidation greets those who would choose to live by personal codes of ethics.
And so it is a radical leap to suggest that trust and love and humility, and a desire to change the world, and the right to stand up for personal values have anything other than a wishful place in business.
Enter Steve, one of the duo of main characters in Steve Farber's The Radical Leap; A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership.
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I first heard of this topic during a talk by Steve Farber at a recent conference. I was so excited about this approach that the book was on order before I left the conference! Someone has said that there is nothing new in this book. In a way, that is correct, as these concepts have been discussed over many years. However, I admire Steve's talent at putting these concepts together in a way that is so simple and direct. Following the genre of a fictional short story to put forth his theories is just a fun way to get these theories across.

I happen to strongly believe in the four major points, particularly the premise that says you have to love, i.e, have a passion for, what you are doing. If you do not have a passion for what you are doing, you are doing a major disservice to your coworkers and your customers, so go do something else! Steve highlights that concept very well, as well as the following precepts of energy, audacity and proof.

For those who are serious about self-examination and taking actions to become more effective leaders, this book will provide tremendous insight towards those goals.
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In the rough and tumble world of heavy civil construction using phrases like "cultivate love" and "inspire audacity" require some imagination to keep people involved. This book was very entertaining, reading rather like a novel that shows you how to take leadership to the real world. I am now a disciple of "13 pages". Many managers can "run" jobs but few can really lead.

Read this book and you are on your way to knowing what leadership is about.
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Earlier this spring I completed my first reading of The Leadership Challenge and as a result had become a real fan of Kouzes and Posner. I had also (a few weeks prior) completed the Leadership Challenge LPI as a part of an Executive Training program at the Darden School. A coworker dropped The Radical Leap on my desk and mentioned that I might be interested. That night I inhaled the story in one sitting and held on to the book for reference for a period of another four days. (The owner then wrestled it from my possession) The story captivated me, challenged what I thought were my strengths, exposed personal opportunities as well as the folly of some of my perceived "weaknesses". I also just flat-out pumped me up. Steve Farber has rolled up the best of Kouzes and Posner, Marcus Aurilius, Churchill, Mr Ed, and Phil Jackson. He has woven them into a tale of open-mindedness, willingness and personal responsibility.
If you're a leader, it'll rock your world and validate your daily struggle.
Who will benefit from it? Teachers, coaches, managers, supervisors, parents, and heck, just about anyone else who deals with human beings on a regular basis.
Thanks Steve, you've changed MY world.
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