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Find Your VOICE as a Leader Paperback – October 3, 2016
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The author of the award-winning book, “Find Your VOICE as a Leader”, Paul N Larsen, MA, CPPC, is a certified executive coach and an engaging leadership consultant and speaker. As a former C-level executive for a 3-billion-dollar corporation, Paul has over 30 years’ of experience creating a leadership legacy at such iconic organizations as Adobe Systems, Charles Schwab, United Airlines and Bristol-Myers Squibb. A current member of the respected Forbes Coaches Council, Paul partners with successful leaders to find their unique leadership “voice” and use it to create purposeful and positive outcomes for themselves and their teams. He has a proven track record in building management muscle within the Fortune 100, start-up, and high-tech environments, consulting with such iconic companies as Twitter, Electronic Arts, Autodesk, Walmart, Oracle, Apple, BNP Paribas, Kaiser Permanente and SAP. As a compelling and enthusiastic speaker, Paul will inspire you to find your V-O-I-C-E as a leader by: Discovering your core leadership Values; Creating a vision to get the Outcomes you want; Building relationships with Influence and credibility; Making decisions that reveal your Courage to take a stand; & Communicating your overall Expression for lasting impact! He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In his spare time, he can be found in Southeast Asia, honored to be helping local communities as a Board member with the amazing foundation: “Together We Can Change The World.” www.paulnlarsen.com www.facebook.com/findyourvoiceasaleader www.linkedin.com/in/paulnlarsen www.twitter.com/VoiceasaLeader
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Monday: Discover Your Values
Tuesday: Create Your Outcomes
Wednesday: Exercise Your Influence
Thursday: Demonstrate Your Courage
Friday: Communicate Your Overall Expression
Larsen closes the book with a chapter focused on growing leaders’ emotional intelligence. Each chapter includes plenty of space to work through each day’s questions and exercises, which are action-oriented. For instance, Monday’s chapter on values includes the question, “What actions, thoughts, and associations do I need to change to be more in alignment with my top values?”
The book serves as a great reminder to seasoned leaders who want to sharpen their leadership and an excellent starting point for those new to leadership. An even better application would be for experienced leaders to use the book as a tool for mentoring and coaching emerging leaders.
Basically, the way the content is structured makes it super relevant and useful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is hoping to improve their abilities as a leader and especially to those who coach leadership.
Don't just read this book. Work it. You'll be better for the effort. I am.
The author's main point is to help leaders find their "voice," which he attempts to do by using the acronym V.O.I.C.E. - Values, Outcomes, Influence, Courage, Expression. I did find the acronym somewhat helpful and definitely memorable. Another positive about the book is the case studies the author shares in each of the main chapters. Drawing from real-life examples in his consultation work, these stories serve to illustrate the particular aspect of one's "voice" being discussed. Finally, each chapter concludes with a series of reflection questions that force the reader to evaluate how well he/she is doing in that particular area. In a book like this, practical application is always a must, and these questions help to facilitate that for the reader.
The biggest con for me was the repetition. This 170 page book could have probably been 125 without all the repetition. Repetition, as a rule, is not bad. As an educator, it is good to "Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. And then, tell them what you told them." But, while repetition is good, the amount here bordered on monotony. It was just too much. Another con of the book for me was what seemed to me like contradiction of the author's own point. For instance, the author says, "What you did and what you believed 10 years ago probably has little to do with the person you are today." This statement was in the context of keeping your "brand" current. So, while certain aspects of your outward presentation, etc., might be significantly different from 10 years ago, it is simply not accurate to say that your past work and experiences "has little to do with the PERSON you are today."
Overall, if I had not read another leadership book, I might have found this one more helpful. Having said that, I certainly did learn a couple of things that I intend to apply in my own leadership practice. For a new leader that has not read a lot on leadership, I may recommend this book, though I would certainly recommend others as well. I do believe this book can be a helpful tool for leaders, with the questions for evaluation likely being the most helpful.
FTC Disclaimer - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my willingness to write an unbiased review.
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