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Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team Is Waiting For Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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“A powerful, personal, persuasive guide to becoming a better leader in the modern, digital age. Highly recommended!”
― Jay Baer, President of Convince & Convert and author of Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers
“Studies show that less than one-third of employees are engaged at work and that managers are the key to fixing the problem. Jonathan Raymond’s Good Authority gives managers exactly the tools we need, and shows us that the best way to get people to be engaged is to be more engaged with them.”
― Jonathan Becher, Chief Digital Officer at SAP
“Jonathan has lived the changes he inspires other leaders to make. His refreshing new book is full of practical, no-nonsense guidance for the leader who wants to do work that matters. If you’re looking for a roadmap to help the people on your team to own their work, this book is for you.”
― Bernadette Jiwa, bestselling author and Brand Strategist
“Good Authority is a beautifully written book that will help you be a better leader and build a strong and lasting company culture. With the tools in this book, you’ll not only improve your bottom line, you’ll also improve the lives of the people at your organization, including your own.”
― Michael Port, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Steal the Show
About the Author
After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business development guy or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He’s the owner of Refound, an online training startup that offers Good Authority training programs for owners, executives, and managers. He’s madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughter, and will never give up on the New York Knicks. Jonathan is the former CEO and Chief Brand Officer of EMyth, where he led the transformation of a global coaching brand and has worked in tech, clean tech, and the nonprofit world after graduating law school in 1998. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, a lovely town that’s too far away from a warm ocean.
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Where the book really shines is giving you a walk-through of the most critical and hard-to-have conversations in your role as a manager or in any role of authority for that matter. The author doesn't just skirt through the uncomfortable parts, he gets down to the intricacies - the tough conversations, holding people accountable, opening up to the vulnerability of being a leader, classifying and profiling people ( in a human sense!) - their strengths, weaknesses, how to mentor them , their motives, and even examples of how a conversation would go! I believe the stories are from personal experiences so you can model your own process. The stories are appropriately placed and as much as needed ( the book is quick to read and an easy read for that matter, unlike the filler books that have to more than 250 pages these days with unneeded stories).
When it comes to interpersonal dynamics at the workplace, there is not a manual with a series of linear steps that you can take.
I believe with this book, the author has been able to identify AND provide a vocabulary for one of the elusive parts of work life.
If I started pointing out everything that stood out to me, I would have to put almost the entire book here.
Personally, there is a lot more in these pages that I would have to revisit for again and again. I believe the lessons on Accountability and Archetypes ( doesn't sound Sexy I know) alone would be 1000 times the price of the paperback if not more. I honestly believe most people could be blindsided their entire careers by these blind-spots ( I know people that have been and it certainly was an eye-opener for me).
This was a "full" book in my opinion. It wasn't like a commercial where I got a couple of steps but needed to buy something else to get "the real insider secrets". I know the author has a coaching program ( and I am sure it is an excellent one!) but at the end of the book, it was't something I felt I NEEDED to have, there wasn't a sales pitch. I felt I walked with "full" pieces ( a lot of them for that matter) that are immediately implementable and something I would probably be using for years to come!
If you are in a position where you manage other people or rely on other people to be managing people, this is a MUST-READ!
The book offers a much-needed paradigm for unlocking the hidden potential in others. The structure is set up like a careful surgeon working from the inside-out starting with basic tenets and principles of the Good Authority manifesto. I love #10 “The strength to wait for others to discover their own truth for themselves.” In era where disengagement is at an all time high, that principle alone is a game changer in terms of creating space that generates net value for all stakeholders.
In part one, you’ll be challenged to refashion your perspective about the concepts of culture and engagement through the lens of how each are best structured and functions to inform one another. In part two, you’ll explore a uniquely powerful paradigm to help people tap into their greater potential and to empower themselves to achieve greater success. Lastly in part three, you’ll bring it all together to focus on the practical tools and resources to bring about positive change right where you are. If you ever found your asking, “How can I offer the deepest part of my unique talent as a contribution to my community, work environment, or society at large?”, then let the Good Authority be your Sherpa.