- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Humanergy, Inc.; 1st edition (January 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977206203
- ISBN-13: 978-0977206209
- Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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50 DOs for Everyday Leadership: Practical Lessons Learned the Hard Way (So You Don't Have To) Paperback – February 5, 2007
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This book is very applicable to all levels of management. The 50 DOs is a simple, straightforward, practical approach to leadership that will help improve any individual's leadership skills. --Dan DiSebastian, automotive industry operations VP
If I had read, absorbed and practiced the DOs in this handbook, I would have saved myself 40 years of hard knocks. --Gary Shelton, retired Fortune 500 executive
Everything in this book is action-based and can be put to use immediately. It is going to be mandatory reading for anyone with supervisory responsibilities. --Jennifer McEldowney, non-profit executive director
About the Author
John Barrett is a founding Principal of Humanergy and has been a facilitator, coach and trainer to Fortune 500 firms, government, military and service organizations since 1988. With a graduate degree from Australian National University, John helps people achieve results using a skillful and disciplined combination of the art and science of high performance. David Wheatley, a Humanergy founding Principal, is a former Scotland Yard officer and has been an organizational development coach and trainer in corporate and academic arenas since 1989. A graduate of the Hendon Police Academy in London and an Honors graduate of Lancaster University's education program, David worked with Wray Castle College and Lancaster University's business management school while in the UK. Lynn Townsend is a Humanergy Associate specializing in facilitation, training and keynote presentations. Lynn brings a decade of technology, manufacturing and communication experience from a Fortune 500 perspective. Lynn has a bachelor's degree in food science from Purdue University and a master's in organizational communication from Western Michigan University.
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by John Barrett, David Wheatley & Lynn Townsend
I had two initial concerns about the title of this book - "50 DOs for Everyday Leadership". Firstly having just reviewed another supposed leadership book with "100" in the title (and found it wanting), I thought "Oh, no. How did they get the exact number 50? Are the authors really serious about leadership, or is it just another list of nice to dos?". My second concern, had to do with the term "leadership" as it is often (to my mind) misused mistakenly for "management".
The introduction soon put my mind at rest as to the authenticity of the 50 DOs. They have actually been condensed by Barrett, Wheatley and Townsend from a list of over 300 gathered through supervisor and manager interviews over a number of years. The title is indeed appropriate. When the authors say "DOs" they actually mean "to do". Expect to work your way through this book, not read it!
I like the way the book is set up. The introduction provides an accurate overview of how to get the most out of the book. The authors pose seven leadership questions starting with "How can I build trust and credibility" through to "How do I continue to improve what my people and I are doing?" The book is then structured around these seven questions which form a natural developmental flow for anyone aspiring to leadership (You'll have to read the book to get the other five questions). I also like the way the questions are phrased. Using "I" rather than "You" which encourages the reader (read "doer") to take full responsibility for each action and does not talk down to us like so many self help books.
50 DOs for Everyday Leadership is full of application tools, often phrased as a pneumonic such as their FACET(tm) - Focus, Accountability, Consequences, Easier to do, Tracking. These make it easy to find a practical application for each of the 50 DOs. Some are a little simplistic (eg. MEET for various aspects of meetings), however, they will be useful for those who need to remember the key points.
There's also plenty of emphasis on getting the leader's people involved in leadership development. There are many instances where meetings, team member groups and peer cohorts can be involved (and encouraged to take a leadership role) by reading the book and in conjunction with the formal leader, undertake development activities.
If you want to study leadership, there are plenty of good texts available. If you want to actually DO leadership, then this book should be one of the first you put in your leadership toolkit.
Bob Selden, author of What To Do When You Become The Boss: How new managers become successful managers
The authors are a former director of Outward Bound Australia, a former Scotland Yard officer, and a business communications expert. They interviewed over 100 veteran leaders and asked them, "What advice would you give a new leader?" From these extensive focus-group interviews, the authors compiled a list of over 100 of the best ideas.
A small group of leadership experts then chose the 50 best ideas, which the authors field tested within hundreds of organizations.
The book asks seven questions, such as, "How do I build trust and credibility?" and "How do I get my people to work together as a team?" The 50 actions are sorted out and listed under the questions. And under each main action you will find more actions listed as bullet points. When you have a problem, go to the appropriate question and find an action that you can put into practice.
At first the book will seem rather skimpy. It is only 175 pages and has plenty of white space. On some pages, a quotation from a famous leader takes up an entire page. But when you delve into the book and begin to practice it, you will discover that it is wisdom distilled from literally thousands of hours of thought.