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Product Details

  • Series: BK Business
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609940075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609940072
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In True North Groups, Bill and Doug provide an extremely insightful and practical roadmap for how you can create your own ecosystem for mutual support, feedback, development and, ultimately, lifelong learning collaborators."  - Peter Sims, author of Little Bets

Though it may be difficult for people who aren't business leaders to immediately see the value of the group, they will feel inspired once they do, and after they've bought into the True North message, they can use this helpful book to start their own.  - Publishers Weekly

"From Publisher's Weekly"For years, Harvard Business School professor Bill George ("True North") and corporate executive Doug Baker have been running True North groups. These groups help executives and leaders maintain their personal integrity and ethical compass by allowing them to periodically open up to fellow leaders in a safe environment. Participants share personal challenges, discuss strategies, and provide a support network for each other. Here, the authors provide a step-by-step guide for why one should start a True North group and how to do so. In addition, they discuss the importance of setting ground rules and norms, and offer suggestions for how to get through the bonding process during the first few meetings. This frank assessment of what their groups offer and how they must be structured lends the process credence, but readers who have never heard of True North groups will need to catch up very quickly to gain useful insights. Though it may be difficult for peo

About the Author

Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic Inc. He is the author of Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.

Doug Baker is president of the True North Groups Institute and former senior vice president for Human Resources of American Express Financial Advisors.

Foreword author Richard Leider is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 5 most respected executive coaches and by Linkage as one of the Top 50 executive coaches in America. He is the author of the bestsellers The Power of Purpose  and Repacking Your Bags.
 


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Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. Being released in early September 2011 is his next book, True North Groups.

Mr. George is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as President and Chief Operating Officer, was Chief Executive Officer from 1991-2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. George currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, and also recently served on the boards of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is also currently a trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, World Economic Forum USA and the Guthrie Theater. He has served as chair of the board of Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS, "Executive of the Year-2001″ by the Academy of Management, and "Director of the Year-2001-02″ by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio, including: The Charlie Rose Show, The Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NOW, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR. His articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous other publications.

Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech and Bryant University. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management.

He and his wife Penny reside in Minnesota.

For move information about Bill and projects he is working on follow him on Twitter (@bill_george), Facebook (www.facebook.com/billgeorgetruenorth), and LinkedIn.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
True North Groups-A Powerful Path to
Personal and Leadership Development
by Bill George and Doug Baker is about
forming cohesive small groups to support
us during challenging times. Small group
membership requires a willingness to
challenge life's assumptions, comfort
with self-reflection, the ability to
listen and the sustained ability to
commit time to a common effort.
Ideal candidates have a sense of humor
about life, they like small group interaction
and are good listeners , as well as
facilitators.

Individual small groups possess common norms.
Examples of these norms are openness, trust,
respecting uniqueness, empathy, withholding
judgment, providing constructive suggestions
and attendance. Barriers to group cohesiveness
are lack of member commitment, absence of
suitable boundaries, dominating behaviors,
lack of sharing and the violation of group
normative values.

High performing groups usually have good attendance,
high levels of trust, adherence to explicit norms,
meaningful discussion topics, regular retreats or
meetings and a periodic group assessment. On occasion,
groups struggle for reform for a variety of reasons.
i.e. new blood is needed, people quit,the group
segments into one or more splinter subgroups.

Early in the life of a True North Group ,
members may meet to build intimacy and trust.
Each may discuss early life experiences,
obstacles in life, self-awareness issues,
values, passions, motivations, talents
and personal relationships.

Bill George and Doug Baker have established a
True North Groups Institute to support individual
True North Group efforts.
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I was fortunate enough to participate in two of Bill George's True North Groups - once during taking his class at Harvard Business School and another time during a special currciulum created for the Young Global Leader - and was tremendously impacted by both experiences!

There is something so powerful about the tools Bill George & Doug Baker have created, through these books, to help you share your life and leadership with one another - that is truly remarkable.

Never before had I seen such a diverse group of tools, combined together, to help you examine your own life, leadership, values, goals and past experience.

I had been fortunate enough to do deep work, at different times in my life, in each of these areas but was obviously much more impactful when it was combined together into one common and shared experience.

As a result - I couldn't recommend this new book more highly and am in the process of using it right now myself - to start my own group (with great friends and a couple of key people I have been hoping to get closer to for a long time now).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on September 20, 2011
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Bill George and Doug Baker deliver a simple formula that will transform your life and those you truly care about. For centuries, we have known that there is power in groups and that social support is the key to success in any endeavor. The authors bring to life with examples, stories and practical advice, the concepts of a true mastermind group for personal, professional, spiritual and emotional growth in True North Groups. What was once thought to be magical and complex is presented in an easy to read format with step by step guidance,and suggested agenda topics, to allow anyone to build and sustain a True North Group. While reading True North Groups I thought of at least two dozen people I would send this book to, but why stop there, let's get this into our schools, clubs and neighborhoods. If you are looking for transformational growth and personal fulfillment, you have to read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Baldoni on September 19, 2011
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If you are sensing something missing from you leadership self, and looking for suggestions into how to connect more authentically to others, then pick up "True North Groups." Tactical and practical, and based on years of practice, this book shows how you and your group can connect in ways that help you and them live and lead more effectively. Bill George knows of what he writes and in "True North Group" he shares insights gained from a lifetime in leadership. Lucky for us he is sharing it with us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SD on February 10, 2013
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I thought it was going to be a book about how to lead general groups, but it's actually about this specific type of group and it wasn't applicable at all to my work or school life.
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