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Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction Hardcover – May 30, 2012
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DOUBLE AWARD WINNER
-2013 Bronze Medal Winner: Business Fable Category of the AXIOM Business Book Awards.
-2012 Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Business: Management & Leadership' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.
WHEN YOU CANNOT AFFORD FOR THEM TO FAIL, RECONNECT YOUR LEADERS TO THEIR POWER
Leaders First: Six Bold Steps… shows a leader team planning, developing, and reorganizing their new leadership structure, building for the long term and adopting construction management as their strategy. Assessment checklists give CEOs, managers' and board members guides to evaluate and restructure their top leaders. Insights for coaching, consulting, and training managers are explained in detail from the start to the finish.
One day a construction company's top managers, resurrected their entrepreneurial spirit and committed to make their company a regional industry leader. With their president, they completed six growth-enhancing, capacity building and value-added steps, all while defending their company from competitive market pressures and bleak economic times. They resolved, not without some anxiety, many internal antagonisms, confusion and violated expectations. By leading together, they ultimately designed their first thoughtful leadership structure and unique strategic vision--guides to stellar performance for many years to come.
TOP FOUR REASONS TO READ LEADERS FIRST
How to boost your company's performance with the leaders you have.
Untangle the personal agendas stalling your top managers' relationships, communications, and teamwork.
See how to create a breakthrough vision based on your company's unique destiny.
Discover how well organized top leadership compensates for dangerous leader blind spots.
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Gene has written a great story that contains lessons on leadership, business practice, organizational design and industry challenges. All leaders in the building industry will benefit from his message. Leaders First is a great way to teach and develop business leadership insight for your teams of current and emerging leaders. I highly recommend reading this book.--
Ron Magnus, Managing Director, FMI Corporation
The scope of (Leaders First: Six Bold Steps) is ambitious, not just improving a single leader, but reorganizing leadership structure throughout a company. While this book focuses on leadership in construction, its lessons are applicable to myriad industries. There is no doubt that readers will enjoy this book, glean some valuable nuggets of strategic leadership, and likely recognize friends and colleagues in its characters.
Blue Ink Reviews
We have known and worked with Gene for over thirty years. No one knows the area of accountability and responsibility better. Leaders First is the product of decades of work with real clients on very real problems. His book offers deep wisdom in an enjoyable novelized format.--
Carol Hunter and Tim Rouse, FGI Spirit International
About the Author
Gene Morton has 30 years of experience developing leaders and consulting through organization development and leadership system redesign. Building on his M.A. in Industrial Psychology, and advanced training in organization development, he designed novel change models leaders use to complete their performance enhancing reorganizations and mergers.
- Publisher : Accelerated Solutions, Ltd.; 1st edition (May 30, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 404 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984000801
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984000807
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
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I’m not usually a fan of the parable-style business book, but in this case I make an exception. If your organization struggles to turn strategy into action, has management dysfunction, or generally seems to work at cross-purposes, I absolutely recommend this book. And don’t let the title fool you: this book applies to any business.
lEADERS fIRST BY GENE MORTON provides us wirh a hands on approach to Leadership and Organization Development. Although it focuses on the construction industry its step by step process could apply to other organizations. Many would judge that the success of many change efforts are short lived and die on the vine. A good part of LEADERS FIRST focuses on the issue of sustainabiiy as well as the overall change methodology.
There are added benefits for one working in construction. Morton's knowledge is reflected in his clear writing and readable style.There is a strong executive development theme achieved by the leaderfs who apply the six step process. A good read for ececutives and consultants.
Any easy read, I really enjoyed the "story" and the way the turnaround process unfolded. As a business consultant, it changed how I advise my clients to make necessary changes that stick.