Being a professional keynote speaker, myself, I've read more books on organizational development & management & life coaching than I can count. And this book, by Jaqueline Throop-Robinson has helped me more than any book I have ever read. I am amazed at how much practical wisdom and real-world advice is in this book! It's so refreshing to discover a book that is not re-hashing outdated information. Ms.Throop-Robinson is leading the way in making the next level of development wisdom available to us all. And her consulting skills come right through her words. While reading this book I've had a number of epiphanies about my own life and work -- and how I'm organizing my thoughts and my behavior. (My wife has noticed some of the changes I've made in my communication behavior.) The title of this book would lead you to believe this is a book for team leaders. And it most certainly is. But anyone who reads this book will find themselves evolving as a result. If you read just one book this year, this is the one.
This book has valuable takeaways for people leaders - and also team members. What I particularly like: 1. It's practical without being prescriptive. 2. You can dive in at any point in the book. 3. Great examples and stories. 4. One of the best pieces on giving feedback I've read. I suspect I will find more to like as I pick it up again or direct a manager to a specific chapter.
Jacqueline Throop-Robinson speaks/writes from experience and her methods to accomplish what the title of her book says are impressive and unique. And there are plenty of them -- from techniques to build trust on a team to igniting passion to developing inspiration to embracing the individuality and more. It is not always easy to stimulate effort in others, but the author seems to have mastered this ability and through her book she is passing on her skills.
I'm sure leaders in every field will benefit from reading this book and implementing the author's suggestions. People are never so great as when they work together, putting their individual talents in service of the team. Good job! Good book!
Everyone knows that if the team is not working well together things will start to quickly crumble. Who isn't always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate your team?!
And if your organization is going through any kind of change...(business does not constantly evolve), this book is ever more important to have on hand. Jacqueline says in her book, "Change requires us to adapt, learn and evolve. It’s the essence of survival of the fittest: when our environment changes, we must adapt to survive and then thrive."
Don't forget to have a highlighter on hand! I am sure you will be using this book for years to come.
What a fabulous collection of Leadership Principles! I love the writer's format of quick, easy to read content followed by activities that include powerful, captivating questions taking the reader into deeper levels of understanding and applying each principle. The authors experience, wisdom and writing style are engaging, informative, and thought provoking. I am a writer, speaker, and consultant myself, who has read 100's of books causing me to have high standards. I strongly recommend this one for reading and long term referencing, whether you're already a leader or one who is just beginning to blossom!
With a clear and easy to follow writing style, the author offers important information for leaders in every field. As a body-oriented psychotherapist and owner of an alternative health clinic, I especially appreciate the incorporation of health and play as part of the leadership role. With helpful exercises, and lessons broken down into "small digestible bites" this book is very user friendly. Wish the leaders in my past had read it!
In the first chapter I immediately found a way to work better with my team. By valuing the ability to play, I'm able to listen more, and allow everyone to provide input instead of dictating orders and being a know it all. Jacqueline has challenged my thinking and open my mind to become a better leader. I am intrigued and inspired already and can't wait to finish this incredible book.