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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Business Solutions Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984027327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984027323
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deirdre Maloney is a bliss builder who helps people find their truth and live a happier, more successful life. She does it through her work as a published author, national speaker, and proud president of Momentum LLC.

Deirdre has used her brand of "mild audacity" to inspire positive change and blissful living around the country, presenting keynotes and workshops for organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners, Vistage International, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Deirdre's popular blog on all things leadership, a regular feature at huffingtonpost.com, is a hit with anyone who likes a direct, authentic style with their morning coffee. Her books include Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life, Tough Truths: The 10 Leadership Lessons We Don't Talk About, and The Mission Myth: Building Nonprofit Momentum Through Better Business.

In her spare time Deirdre can be found running into canyons for greater endurance, meditating in silence for greater peace of mind, laughing far too loudly for greater joy, or quietly falling asleep on the couch while her husband shrewdly changes the channel to some kind of silly sci-fi show.

For more information on Deirdre, visit www.makemomentum.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tough Truths takes an unusual path to teach ten very important lessons in leadership. The focus of this book is lessons which are often overlooked or not talked about.

Deirdre Maloney, the author, presents the lessons in a very conversational style and draws on her in the trenches experience to bring these lessons to life. This is a pocket book - a book which can easily fit in your pocket or purse, can be read in one setting but should be read periodically.

The lessons are presented in an interesting format, first Ms Maloney presents a short introduction to the lesson, then presents the lesson as a one sentence truth, gives an short 2 -3 page explanation of the lesson, followed by a brief example and then a "Today" example of how you can take action on the lesson today.

The writing is direct and breezy. The book is well written without any fluff. The goal of the format and the book is to present the lessons for ease of understanding and maximum impact.

In the subtitle, she discusses that these truths are often not talked about. These lessons are basic truths but are often overlooked in most leadership books. Lesson number 3 is - "Nobody will find you as interesting as you do". The lesson is if you want to be an outstanding leader learn to focus on others and not yourself. Too often we are totally engaged in trying to impress others. We try to shine the spotlight on us and our accomplishments. If you want to be a great leader, shift the focus away from yourself.

Truth # 8, "Great leaders never, ever talk trash". The lesson is not just for leaders, it is for everyone. Engaging in gossip and rumors will not endear you as a leader or as a person. Learn to avoid trash talk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
We have all known, met or observed great leaders. We hold them in awe. We wonder just what qualities set them apart from the rest of us. We lament that we are not like them. While it is true that not everyone is destined to be a leader many of us are. Perhaps you own your own business or maybe you are the CEO of a medium size company. Or maybe you are a supervisor at your place of employment, the leader of a local youth group or the chairperson of the Finance Committee at your church. In each of these situations you have responsibilities and need to make good decisions. Frankly, each of us can use a little help from time to time. Sometimes we are simply overwhelmed and at other times we question our ability to do the job. Deidre Maloney is a nationally-recognized speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps organizations and leaders meet or exceed their goals. Her new mini-book "Tough Truths: The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don't Talk About" offers up the truths about leadership that she says make everyone uncomfortable. In essence what Deidre has come up with here is a remedial course in the basics of exceptional leadership. And the good news is that will only take you a few hours of your valuable time to read and absorb what Deidre Maloney has to say.

In "Tough Truths" Deidre Maloney offers 10 lessons about great leaders. One lesson that rang particularly true with me is that everyone, even the most polished and accomplished among us has fears. I tend to not see that. When I observe a leader who appears to be cool, calm and collected at all times regardless of the situation I just marvel at him or her. But as the author points out these people really do harbor fears--they are afraid of failure and above all afraid of making the wrong decision and looking foolish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali Julia #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This tiny book (4" by 6", 104 pages) gives 10 lessons on leadership in a corporate environment. Having spent my career in a corporate environment I can vouch for the author telling the truth and providing valuable information in easy to read concise manner. Each lesson starts with a general discussion, followed by a specific example from the author's life, followed up with specific instructions on what you need to do to benefit from each lesson.

Most of the lessons are the information we already know intuitively, but the author states this information in a new light that makes you re-think the topic. For example, being nice to people who have something you want. She describes the approach that not only helps you get what you want, but also makes you feel good about how you do it. Another lesson stresses the importance of listening rather than talking. This is important not only because the leader can learn useful information, but because when the leader listens he earns the trust and respect of his team.

I enjoyed reading this book. I was a little surprised by its small size, but this size made it a perfect travel companion. I read it during a weekend trip. I found the format of the lessons very effective. The book felt very interactive, like the author was speaking directly to me. This is probably because in the introduction the author said this book grew out of the blog she wrote, and this friendly easy to follow manner came through in the book in full force. I liked the short take-away at the end of each lesson. This book was a quick and easy read (less than 1 hour). There was nothing ground breaking in the book, yet every lesson let me see some new twist in a familiar situation.
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