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  • Perfect Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Pen-Tech Professional (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982096208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982096208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every dog owner knows how much their pet can teach them - about loyalty, fun, and so much more. Here, Heather Whittaker shares the leadership lessons she's learned from her truly remarkable pet, which will surely stay etched in your mind much more clearly than the words you might read on leadership in any business textbook. --Helena Smalman-Smith, Business Consultant

The Tazie Effect is a nice, easy read and a good review of "how to" managing. I found the stories about Taz easy to relate to. --Deborah Kenn, Skills USA

About the Author

Ms. Whittaker has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, 15 years management experience, and is an adjunct faculty member for Cardinal Stritch University s College of Business. She lives in Rural Wisconsin with her partner, Mary, and their 2 Miniature Pinschers, Taz and Tinker.

More About the Author

Heather Whittaker is the author of A Different Little Doggy, Everything You Need to Know About Life Can Be Learned From A Dog, and The Tazie Effect - 10 Leadership Principles for New Leaders; all books that teach various life lessons through stories about her dogs.

Ms. Whittaker combines her love of animals with her own management experiences and life experiences to create memorable stories.

In addition to writing, Ms. Whittaker is a motivational business speaker sharing with groups and organizations of all sizes the amazing benefits of living your life 'Unleashed'!

Combining 15 plus years of operations management experience, a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, and a love of nature, wildlife, and animals, she inspires audiences to live the lives they deserve through the principles of passion, people, and purpose.

You can learn more about Heather and her canine friends at www.heatherwhittaker.com.

Follow her on Twitter: @lifelessonsu

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I will certainly keep this book at hand.
Adele Petit
While the book is geared to new leaders, supervisors and managers, I believe existing leaders, managers and supervisors would benefit from reading it as well.
William McPeck
Ms Whittaker takes this valuable tactic and applies it to this book.
Michael Gooch

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gooch on March 17, 2009
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As a life-long student of the leadership field, I was very excited to read this latest offering by Heather Whittaker. This short book (75 pages) is designed for the neophyte leader. However, the nine (9) lessons in leadership serve as a great reminder to all. The grizzled veteran often find themselves in a position of needing to be reminded of leadership traits.

Whether arguing in an arbitration hearing or teaching our children moral values, a good story is by far the best way to make our point. Ms Whittaker takes this valuable tactic and applies it to this book. Each principle is prefaced with a "story" about her dog Tazie. After the story, she digs deep into the meaning and pulls a leadership lesson from the incident(s). This is a great learning tool that creates vivid imagery. This is helped along by the great black and white drawings.

The Principles of Leadership as defined by Heather Whittaker are:

1. Be an Optimist
2. Put People First
3. Be the Boss
4. Training, Training and More Training
5. Provide Plenty of Positive Feedback
6. Let Them Have Fun
7. Pay Attention to Detail
8. Think Outside the Box
9. Tenacity

I also appreciate the length of the book. I am often bored to tears by business related books that belabor the point and are so redundant I lose interest and can only make it halfway through. As an adult consumer of the written word, I have this to say; I read it. I understand it. Now move on. The author of this work comprehends this style of writing and, as I stated, it is appreciated.

I would recommend you supply every new leader with a copy of The Tazie Effect. I hope you find this review helpful

Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Author of Wingtips with Spurs Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William McPeck on March 6, 2009
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What a neat little book! I am so glad the author contacted me to review her book as I might not have found it otherwise.

While the book may be small in size (75 pages), I found it to be both long and solid in content. While the book is geared to new leaders, supervisors and managers, I believe existing leaders, managers and supervisors would benefit from reading it as well.

Well written in a quick and easy to read format with cute illustrations, the author takes the reader through 10 leadership principles using stories from her own managerial past and the physical health challenges faced by her 6 lb. Miniature Pinscher, Tazie Roo. And now you know where the book's title comes from.

I was skeptical at first about how dog stories would relate to the leadership of people, but the author does a nice job of using the dog stories to introduce each chapter's principle. In fact, each chapter contains a nice weaving of principle, dog story and example from the author's experiences.

I believe every reader will benefit from reading this book. In addition to being a stand alone read, I believe this book has value as a text for a leadership, management or supervisor development course within a corporate university or other training program.

Research has shown that training results can be enhanced if they are followed up with coaching. In keeping with her role as an adjunct faculty member, the author has included an appendix of coaching tips for learning development and training managers. The appendix gave me a couple of ideas about how I might build a couple of coaching programs around the book.

If you are a leader, manager, supervisor or aspire to be, I would encourage you to read this book. If you are a trainer, coach or training manager, use this book as a text in your program. In either case, get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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There's no true manual for leadership. "The Tazie Effect: Turning Life's Defining Moments into Personal and Professional Greatness" is a guide to leadership using a Doberman pinscher as a protagonist in the story. With an emphasis on people, as well as the importance of being prepared and not losing one's head, "The Tazie Effect" is a unique method of teaching leadership and is highly recommended.
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The Tazie Effect is a well written and fun to read book on leadership that is sure to please any reader. The author expertly incorporates wonderful stories and examples in order to convey the information in an interesting and entertaining approach.

The Tazie Effect is motivating and filled with excellent advice. I will certainly keep this book at hand.
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This book is a great read for people that are new to a management or leadership role. It is a great story for those who love animals and it really highlights the basics for the new leader to get started. It is also a good reminder of some basic principles for those managers that have been around awhile.
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