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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891417281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891417286
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. D. Pendry is an experienced noncommissioned officer with over twenty years of active service. He is currently the command sergeant at Fort Myers, Virginia.

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The book is concise, informative, and thought provoking.
Kerry
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it as necessary reading for some supervisors.
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I bought this book when I was assigned to USAREC and have used it ever since.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"The three meter zone" is the zone of the first-line noncommissioned leader. It is the zone of the day-after-day, in-the-face, hands-on leadership. It is the most critical leadership zone; if what is done within the zone is done with common sense and high standards, the product will be an outstanding soldier. If what is done within the zone is done poorly and to low standards, the product will be an elimination action or, even worse, an unmotivated, untrained, unfit soldier who is merely marking time until ETS. As our Army is suffering from dramatically high attrition rates among first term soldiers, CSM Pendry's short book is both timely and useful. He clearly explains how first line leaders can develop themselves and their leadership style, and how they can lead their soldiers to success. I recommend this book be read by sergeants and by company-grade officers. I encourage all battalion and brigade commanders to add it to their unit's professional reading list.
CSM Pendry focuses first on the leader, and explains how he developed his own leadership style. He shows how he changed many of his opinions over the years, and how he critically examined his values to develop a solid foundation for his leadership style. He includes an interesting discussion on the need for counseling of the battalion CSM by the battalion commander, which can be read with profit by every NCO who intends to become a "command team" member. He relates that it was crucial to his own development to simply sit down and write out what the Army values mean to him (he includes, but goes beyond LDRSHIP). It was not easy for him to do, but when finished, he had his position, he knew where he was going, and he knew how he planned to get there.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Master Hahn on July 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the Three Meter-Zone to be simply one of the best books on leadership that I have ever read. And there have been many such books that I have read. This book clearly rates as one of the top two or three books that I could recommend on this topic.

Although I have a military background (USMC, late 60s - early 70s), I spent my career in law enforcement. I retired a couple of years ago after almost 29 years, to include time as a first line supervisor and then Patrol Watch Commander in Patrol Operations and a Team Member and then Team Supervisor in police tactical operations (SWAT) for about 17 years.

I found it to be very refreshing that this book was oriented primarily towards the first-line supervisor level. Although the principles and concepts outlined in the book were clearly applicable toward supervisory and management positions above that first line level, the thrust of its direction was somewhat unique in the direct approach towards first line supervision.

Additionally, the use of war stories to demonstrate specific examples of conceptual thoughts of principle allowed the reader a glimpse of practical applications of the various principles.

It was quite strange that while this book was such a very easy read - easy to follow, well written, and by no means conceptually hazy - that in fact, I found it hard to finish! And that was only because I found myself reading a section, putting the book down and mulling over what I just read (and sometimes mulling it over off-and-on for hours), going back and re-reading it, etc. before going on to the next section. As a result, it took me quite a bit longer to finish the book that I had first imagined!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SFC Patrick Dyer on October 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book that tells an uninformed reader exactly how NCO's should motivate, direct, and give purpose for a Three Meter Experience ! FM 22-100 guides soldiers in the Army leadership process through the eyes of Senior Officer Leadership. The Three Meter Zone gives it to you by a Noncommissioned Officer, for Noncommissioned Officers who like to get close and personal. We are in an Army that has sold its soul to corporate America and are being taught to "manage" soldiers instead of leading them. Its good to see a book supporting direct, in your face leadership !! I've conducted a Bold site adjustment on my leadership style and am confident that my shot group is now in the Three Meter Zone!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kurtis Kadir on April 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
The concept of the three meter zone is brilliant for business-- when combined with some of the reading in Small Unit Leadership: A Common Sense Approach (notice some, I wasn't entirely happy with the other book) you'll find that there are four basic types of employees:

1)Willing and Able: Those who don't need huge amounts of supervision (100 meter zone, completely safe and needs a pat on the back every once in a while)

2)Willing and Unable: Those who can be molded/trained (50 meter zone, needs some training to get the job done but is completely willing to learn with some help)

3)Unwilling and Able: 50 meter zone employee who needs guidance to get him back to the 100 meter zone

4)Unwilling and Unable: 3 meter zone employee-- immediate up-training and close supervision required.

The concept of the 3, 50, and 100 meter zones is based off of a training that the author received concerning the Bouncing Betty Mine-- this is an anti-personnel mine that was capable of killing within 3 meters, wounding at 50, and wasn't out of danger-close until 100 meters. As a supervisor, we are the mine. Our job is to get our employees out of our killing zone (in other words, write ups, disciplinary action, etc) as quick as possible.

Like other great military/business reads that have proceeded it the material is given concisely with a minimum of fluff; you can tell that the author knew what he wanted to say and how to say it. I highly recommend this book for those who want to learn more about military doctrine in business; my copy is right next to the Book of Five Rings and the Art of War.
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