- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (June 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591845300
- ISBN-13: 978-1591845300
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader Hardcover – June 14, 2012
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“Murnighan uses rigorous research to provide detailed advice that will help leaders do their jobs better, develop more adept and committed followers, and suffer from less stress and overwork. Even though most business books present new wine in old bottles, Do Nothing! is the rare book that provides a refreshing perspective and tangible advice on leadership that isn’t available anyplace else.”
—ROBERT I. SUTTON, author of The No Asshole Rule
“With Do Nothing!, Keith Murnighan has clearly done something—something significant. He’s reconceptualized the idea of effective leadership through a compelling analysis that allows existing and prospective leaders to see how to work both less and better at their craft.”
—ROBERT B. CIALDINI, author of Influence
“Too often, new leaders find it difficult to delegate previous responsibilities or create a sea of activity during times of crisis. Instead, fighting these tendencies will lead to more effective leadership. Murnighan does a fantastic job demonstrating how this contrarian approach can actually be applied successfully in business. A must read.”
—MATTHEW B. McCALL, partner, New World Ventures
“Murnighan has, in what is both a unique and an innovative turnaround, identified that, contrary to popular opinion, leadership turns out to be as much about what you don’t do as what you do. The best leaders today and in the future will look more like basketball coaches than great players, rarely engaging in the day-to-day delivery but more often focused on strategy and doing little other than letting great players run with the ball.”
—GLEN TULLMAN, CEO, Allscripts
“Do Nothing! provides a unique and somewhat counterintuitive approach to running a business. By moving away from micromanaging, Keith tells us that we can help employees grow and give ourselves more time to focus on the bigger picture. This valuable guide will help everyone who reads it to manage better and accomplish more.”
—MICHAEL REINSDORF, president, Chicago Bulls
About the Author
J. KEITH MURNIGHAN is an award-winning professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an active consultant and trainer for a host of companies around the world. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and Forbes. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
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For leaders, the path to success is "stop working and start leading". Keith Murnighan writes that great leaders don't "do"; great leaders:
* Make key decisions
* Help people do their jobs better
* Add a touch of organizational control to ensure the final "recipes" come out OK.
Approach to Leading vs. Doing:
* Plan for the future; set aside time for it and instill that mindset
* Figure out who among your team members is good at a particular job and let them do it
o Be aware of a wide variety of your team's skill sets, past history
o Encourage others to attain this knowledge
o Orchestrate all the roles accordingly
* Facilitate; clear obstacles for people
* Be there to help with ideas - let them take ideas and run with it (ownership)
* Help people do their best - think about how to do this
* Set high expectations for people; they can live up to it
* Think of the reaction you want from those you are leading
o Figure out how you can communicate to get there
o Try to understand the other person's point of view
* Ask lots of questions:
o Builds trust
o Gets information
o Can use to optimize/orchestrate
o Learn where people are coming from
* Ask people to paraphrase ("If I understood you correctly...")
* Trust people - give benefit of doubt
* For meetings, create an agenda
o Gives a framework the leader wants
o Allows people a sense of ownership within that
* Focus on learning more than on performance
* Best in long run - for me - and anyone I'm coaching
* Get introspective; determine your values - and share them
This book challenges the usual thinking pattern about leadership. It is highly recommended for any leader, but especially for people that assume a new leadership role in any kind of organization.
The things (skills, behaviors, knowledge) that made a person successful in one level are not the same that the ones he/she will need in a higher position. If you are not able to assume the new skills that are needed, you could fail in your new role.
The book gives plenty of useful advise to made the transition to a leadership role in a smooth and smart way.
I really enjoyed reading Do Nothing.
Lots' of great ideas that could have been better organized and thus easier to follow. I think the author should read The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving and restructure the book accordingly.
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