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The world is rapidly changing AND unpredictable, necessitating leaders who adjust quickly to changing priorities and unfamiliar terrain. Anyone in business today must be able to lead through uncertainty and disruption. She must become that person who lands on her feet and moves forward no matter what the setting or situation presents. She must become an Anywhere Leader.

The Anywhere Leader offers a blueprint for developing today's leaders who can handle surprising challenges—from mergers to global relocation—and who thrive in turbulent times by being open to new concepts, passionate about progress, and resourceful with the tools available. Written by Mike Thompson, a noted thought leader and CEO of the organizational development company SVI, this groundbreaking book draws upon years of research and Thompson's military and global business experiences to show leaders how to navigate the unknown and come out on top.

As Thompson explains, Anywhere Leaders land in foreign territory, fit right in, and immediately contribute—moving the work forward. The three traits that define Anywhere Leaders are: they are driven by progress, sensationally curious, and vastly resourceful. The book outlines an actionable blueprint for helping anyone become an Anywhere Leader and reveals what it takes to work across corporate cultures and leverage relationships to meet everyday challenges.

In addition, The Anywhere Leader answers the critical questions of the current economy: How do you do more with less? How do you create initiatives that are inspiring and sustainable? How do you work across corporate cultures, geographical boundaries, and generation gaps? How do you motivate others and leverage relationships? How do you see beyond your traditional role, and take the necessary risks to move forward?

The Anywhere Leader is filled with the information and strategies needed to increase any leader's ability to contribute, influence, and succeed anywhere, anytime.

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"Heifer International leaders operate all over the world in the most difficult conditions possible. Population growth, poverty, climate change, water shortages, regional conflicts, genocide, land grabs, cultural divides and corruption are all part of their daily, shifting realities. The Anywhere Leader unambiguously surfaces the fundamental traits needed to be able to absorb all sorts of shocks, instill confidence in the mission, and focus on impact for the benefit of all."—Pierre Ferrari, CEO, Heifer International

"The Anywhere Leader is about becoming the kind of leader you need to be in these changing times. Mike Thompson understands leaders and the realities they face. His straightforward approach will stimulate your thinking and give you the tools you need to thrive."—Mark Sanborn, president, Sanborn & Associates, and author, Up, Down, or Sideways; You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader; and The Fred Factor

"I don't like the phrase 'born leader.' I don't believe leaders are born—they're developed. And perhaps the best way to develop leaders is to introduce them to new environments and responsibilities. Mike Thompson uses his experience and research to give the reader a road map for plunging into these uncharted waters successfully."—Donnie Smith, CEO, Tyson Foods, Inc.

"It has become clear that the new normal for health care is dynamic change. I don't believe this situation will resolve itself in our lifetime. To be successful today, you must be able to build positive relationships with stakeholders quickly and effectively. Gone are the days when you had the luxury of time to replace a leadership team with familiar people. It is imperative that you make a positive contribution from day one, no matter the conditions and no matter the obstacles. The Anywhere Leader provides solid and practical research-based answers for doing exactly this."—Michael McCurry, COO, Sisters of Mercy Health System


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118002342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118002346
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,133,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is for leaders and managers (aspiring leaders) continuing to look for ways to survive in our never ending, ever faster world. In short: Good book. Enjoyed it. Found it was inline with many of the issues contemporary business leaders increasingly face every day.

In The Anywhere Leader, Mike Thompson's written a book that suggests, just possibly, he could pick up in the shoes of the late Eliyahu Goldratt. He's written in from a somewhat vulnerable, self-deprecating perspective. The effect is for readers to relate more readily, to see this isn't some consultant who takes himself too seriously.

That is actually a recurring reminder: Don't take yourself too seriously.

Custom would suggest referring to the author by his last name, for this book I prefer Mike. Mike addresses so many issues that I've personally struggled with at different times. Such as how to effectively unplug yourself from a 24 hour role? He discusses first hand how he's come to grips with 'kind of' unplugging. Short answer: Be plugged in or be unplugged'. No in-between. You can't 'kind of' unplug. When it comes time to recharge your batteries, you can't do it if you're still taking calls.

Another favorite of mine is the notion of the balanced life. He straight-forwardly shuns the notion: it can't be done. It simply isn't possible to manage your life as though it were eight equally sized pieces, rotating between family, church, work, and so on. The size of the slices change as you move through your days, weeks, months. The key is to pay attention, know when you need to change what you're focusing on, and then do that: focus on that slice.

What I really liked most, was how Mike openly addressed so many issues many of us would (I have at times) kept hidden.
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Format: Hardcover
The timing of this book is perfect. Today's fast-paced world of business requires leaders who are equipped to handle adversity, uncertainty, disruption -- and abundance. Leading isn't just complicated, it's complex. It can become overwhelming. The Anywhere Leader by Mike Thompson offers model that shows the basic traits needed to excel as a leader regardless of the circumstances. Unlike many leadership books, Thompson's model is based on research into what it really takes to lead in modern times. He breaks it down into three basic traits of such leaders, and each trait is evidenced by three essential behaviors. These are behaviors that anyone can learn and improve, and the book provides practical ways to learn them and improve on them. The author uses personal and business illustrations to make his points, and he writes in an easy-to-read and easy-to-relate-to style.
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