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A leadership book that can change your life
on April 10, 2013
This book caught my attention when an excerpt was published in fastcompany.com. It was an intriguing excerpt about having a clear intent at any given moment when communicating with people. At first it seemed simple, but I found myself reflecting on it later, and eventually changing my own model for planning important verbal communications.
Eventually, I bought the book and found that it's full of simple tips and profound insights. There are so many helpful principles that I took copious notes on the book and plan to review them from time to time. Furthermore, the author is a great storyteller and allows himself to be vulnerable, so you really feel like you trust what he's saying.
There are parts of the book that are very straightforward, and later parts of the book that will turn off some readers because it overlaps into "new age" ideas about energy. That's OK. The author simply shares the ideas as a menu of options for the reader to choose what will work for you.
Throughout, the book will challenge your thinking because it often goes against conventional notions. But that's exactly why it can change your leadership and your life. Shortly after reading the book, I had a conversation with an out-of-town relative that I normally would have "played safe" and kept at the surface level. Instead, I remembered some of Nowak's principles for connecting deeply; I took a risk, and ended up having a rich, wonderful conversation that drew us closer together. The book holds the same promise for connecting with co-workers and clients, so they are energized and want to work with you.
If you are willing to be stretched and changed, I highly recommend this book!