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The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick Hardcover – Unabridged, March 27, 2002

ISBN-13: 063-9785338093 ISBN-10: 0071406417 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071406417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071406413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Analysis of the leadership strategies of the secretary of defense, by the author of the Jack Welch Lexicon of Leadership [BKL S 15 01]. Brad Hooper
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["Rumsfeld" tells] what this tough backroom operator and aging politician has to reveal about being a leader in tough times. -- USA Today; April 29, 2002

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rosenblum on October 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was a fairly easy read and explains the way Rumsfeld has chosen to lead and take chances throughout his career. He's the youngest man to be elected to the House of Representatives and the only man to serve as Secretary of Defense twice. Once you read this book you'll understand how he's achieved success in government and as the CEO of major corporations. It's worth the price of admission.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ivancevich on May 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a writer/author/management researcher I attempt to keep a critcal eye on areas that interest me. I found this book to be a very pleasant surprise. I expected a canned look at a currently high profile person. Instead, I found a straightforward, interesting read about a more complex person than I had assumed existed.
The book has an easy to follow flow, is crisply written, and is informative. Watching Rumsfeld in action on the news programs is easy to connect to the background, operating under difficult circumstances, and experiences portrayed in this tightly written book.
If your looking for the negative side of Rumsfeld this is not the book. If you want to trace how current leadership style is shaped by background than this will be a quick, educational, and comfortable read that is worth the price of admission.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By P. Rieser on May 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I find Rumsfeld a fascinating character as do many Americans who saw him in action during the September 11th crisis and thereafter. Therefore, I was interested to read this book and learn more about Rumsfeld. What I found was a book that didn't dwell on gossip or juicy tidbits about Rumsfeld's life, but rather intelligently analyzed and distilled his true leadership qualities. The book helped me learn about myself and what it was that I was responding to in Rumsfeld. It pinpointed his strengths without making him seem saccharine. That ability, to present the best of the leadership qualities but keeping the man life-size, made Rumsfeld real. It also helped me grasp some of the more subtle issues contributing to effective leadership and I think would make an excellent text book on that subject.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Riddering on April 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Reviewer is the Director of the Center for Career and Leadership Development at Purdue University Calumet, a regional campus of Purdue University located in Northwest Indiana.
I don't follow politics very closely. However, I became intrigued with Donald Rumsfeld simply by watching some of his press conferences. So I decided to explore the character a bit further by reading Mr. Krames' book, "The Rumsfeld Way" - and I'm glad I did! The book has some biographical elements in it, which allow the reader to understand Rumsfeld the man. But best of all, the book is loaded with practical tips and tactics used by Rumsfeld the leader. I highly recommend "The Rumsfeld Way" for anyone looking to develop his or her leadership style so that they are highly understood in any situation and well prepared to handle anything that comes their way. In my job, I help college students to develop their leadership abilities and I have used the information presented in Mr. Krames' previous book ("The Jack Welch Lexicon of Leadership") in some of the training classes we conduct. Likewise, I plan to use this new book the same way because my students will be able to relate to its timeliness.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Angela Severino on April 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have recently become a Rumsfeld junkie. I frequently watch his press briefings and admire how he handles the media and comes across as someone you can actually believe what he is saying. When my husband saw this book he got it for me. I read it quickly in two days.
I felt the book covered the many facets of Mr. Rumsfeld very well. It is apparent that a lot of research went into this book. I only knew of Rumsfeld in the present but now I have a much better understanding of the man.
The book is well written and maintains a high level of interest for the reader. I especially enjoyed the inside perspective from Henry Kissinger on Rumsfeld. Another credit to Mr. Krames is that he did not simply put Rumsfeld on a "pedestal". He also described some other characteristics and episodes that I found revealing.
I definitely recommend this book and my husband is now reading it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon.com Customer on January 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Follow the finely crafted journey of the politician, turned CEO, turned politician. Learn how the no-nonsense Secretary of Defense applied his standards of excellence to the floundering G.D. Searle Corporation and turned it into a stockholders dream. And you'll be able to recognize how Rummy is applying those same principles as he works as the CEO to the war on terror.

Author Jeffrey Krames takes you through four decades in the life of Mr. Rumsfeld. Whether you like the man or not, you will have a much better understanding of where he is coming from when he gives those cut-to-the-bone answers during press conferences.
Whether a CEO or a student working part time, the reader will come away motivated and will have a greater understanding of how to succeed in any endeavor. Many great minds have difficulty transitioning from the private to the public sector and vice versa. Rumsfeld did it with ease.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy C. on May 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For the time-pressed businessman or woman, I found this to be a really fast and interesting and most importantly USEFUL read, with lots of easily adoptable lessons and great ideas on how to lead and be successful. Here's the kicker: Donald Rumsfeld had never run a company before he became CEO of a pharmaceutical company, yet he went in armed with ideas (mapped out in the book) and became hugely successful. I loved this book, and you'll love the "nuggets" at the end of each chapter--leadership ideas that spell success!
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