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About the Author

BOB VANOUREK was CEO of Sensormatic, a billion-dollar NYSE company, and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. He has been CEO or officer of a number of global companies, including Pitney Bowes, Recognition Equipment, and Avery International, helping guide them through transformational turnarounds.

GREGG VANOUREK is an expert on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development. He teaches at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and Royal Institute of Technology. He co-founded New Mountain Ventures and served as a senior executive at K12 Inc. and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. He is co-author of two other books, including Life Entrepreneurs.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071791507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071791502
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having served for 35 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a four-star general, being executive vice president for operations of a very large railroad, serving on the board of directors of six corporations, and now continuing to serve on three business boards, I've attended many university and military leadership programs and read a number of leadership books, all of which have been helpful through my careers. The Vanoureks' book is based on the authors' personal knowledge and what they learned and share through interviews with very successful leaders in many types of organizations. They "stirred" all the key leadership points into a book that is a rich amalgamation of thoughts and recommendations by successful business leaders. Triple Crown Leadership is very readable and will be valuable to new entries into the business world, mid-level managers, senior staffs, CEOs, and boards of directors. I highly recommend it.
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Triple Crown Leadership identifies five leadership principles that are essential for creating high performance, lasting organizations in any field. Each of these "big ideas" is connected to a horse racing metaphor and story, adding to its memorability and reading interest. It is then supported with numerous business examples of where it has either been applied successfully or ignored to an organization's detriment. The five practices focus on: 1)choosing the right people who fit well with your organization's character; 2)providing them with a motivating vision and set of values; 3) leading with sensitivity but also a hard edge when necessary; 4)empowering people to share responsibility and contribute creatively to improved solutions; and 5)creating a management system that aligns values, practices and rewards with consistency and fairness. After laying our this template for excellence, the Vanoureks delve into specific challenges that can cause companies to abandon their best intentions about values and culture: internal and external crises that pose a survival threat; performance deterioration that requires a dramatic turnaround; start-ups where resource constraints don't seem to allow for any cultural niceties; and organizations committed to deliver both societal benefits and financial sustainability. Finally, the authors do a more in-depth analysis of three outstanding organizations that have succeeded while embodying the five triple crown principles: Infosys, KIPP and Google. The Vanoureks have done an outstanding job of identifying the common practices of leaders who are succeeding today across a range of diverse organizations.Read more ›
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There truly is nothing new under the sun when it comes to knowledge of leadership principles and practices. But the reason we even bother repeating truisms like "there's nothing new under the sun" is that we learn new things for ourselves by looking at things differently.

Bob and Gregg do a number of remarkable things with their perspective. By drawing a picture of leadership with the venerable tradition of horse racing, they show us through great stories the fundamental principles of leadership, rather than enumerating them in a dry academic tone. And at the same time they manage to make the practice of leadership methodological and easy to understand and implement for oneself.

An easy to overlook gift of Triple Crown Leadership is the empowering and enabling of the classes of us who often tend to think of ourselves as followers. Bob and Gregg draw out Servant Leadership as an important principle, but they also tell stories to illustrate why empowering those at every level and position to lead is so critical. I hope, in any follow up books they may plan, that they further explore leadership opportunities for the "working class"; there is great opportunity for further leadership material, such as the Vanoureks touch on here, for the "working class".
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No photo-finish here - this is a clear winner. i'm so grateful for the emphasis on 'ethical'as a key to creating and sustaining an enduring culture. Having over 20 years of background in the field of culture change i wish this book had been written decades ago. And, the timing is perfect for those leaders that know there is something better and are ready to be the reason the essential change happens.

Thank you Bob and Gregg for giving such a simple road map. The weaving of how this all relates to the pinnacle of horse racing brings deeper levels of clarity on what it really takes to create the culture you'd most want to be part of.

Race to start your own run for the win.The Missing Piece In Leadership

Doug Krug
Author, The Missing Piece in Leadership: Hopw to create the future you want.
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I've read a lot of different leadership books by some of the best, but Bob and Gregg really hit it on the head with this book, I strongly recommend. The values detailed through countless examples used throughout the book really resonate with the values of our company, and it's great to see it written out in this way. If all corporations were run with Triple Crown Leadership in mind, our economy would be far better and the workforce at large would be much more energized and enthusiastic. I also love the quotes they used to start each chapter. My favorite by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Awesome.
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