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The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Foundation as an Exemplary Leader Hardcover – September 4, 2007
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"Strozzi-Heckler, a martial arts expert, former marine, and executive coach for AT&T and Microsoft, provides a decidedly mystical primer on leadership. Effective managers, he says, must cultivate their inner "warrior spirit"—becoming, à la George Washington in the Revolutionary War, the physical embodiment of their organizations. Unorthodox, sure, but it worked against the British."
—U.S. News & World Report, New and forthcoming books for the executive's nightstand
"In The Leadership Dojo, Richard Strozzi-Heckler draws on his vast coaching experience and encyclopedic knowledge of somatics to pinpoint the true source of leadership: the commitments we hold; the values underlying them; and our presence in the world--through body, language, and action--as we pursue those commitments. The Leadership Dojo describes concrete, straightforward practices that nurture extraordinary leadership by deepening our awareness of the commitments we represent, the purposes we embrace, and how we carry ourselves as physical beings. The result is a pragmatic, powerful, and promising approach, worthy of study by anyone seeking to educate, train, or develop leaders to do well and do good at the same time."
—James N. Baron, William S. Beinecke Professor of Management, Yale School of Management
"The teams that I led using this training met goals on time and under budget. Team members became effective leaders who went on to bigger roles and responsibilities. I would not dream of leading a team without relying on the teachings of Richard Strozzi-Heckler. It would be like skiing without the snow."
—Nancy J. Hutson, Senior Vice President, Pfizer Research & Development
"In this day and age, the question confronting all sectors is how to develop exemplary leaders who embody their message. The Leadership Dojo goes far beyond the traditional concept of leadership development, illuminating fresh practices to guide this quest. A must-read for leaders and leadership development professionals alike."
—Richard J. Leider, Founder, The Inventure Group, bestselling author of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose
"The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Future Foundation as an Exemplary Leader by Richard Strozz-Heckler bases business and management strength on integral body awareness."
About the Author
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD is the author of the nationally acclaimed In Search of the Warrior Spirit, which chronicles his training of the Green Berets and his vision of reclaiming traditional warrior virtues in a technologically-oriented society. He also authored The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center: A Sanctuary in Times of Confusion, and The Mind/Body Interface. Having worked with tens of thousands of people over the last 30 years including corporate executives, Olympic and professional athletes, managers, political leaders, and inner-city gangs, Strozzi-Heckler’s client list includes U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Green Berets, U.S. Navy SEALS, AT&T, DMV, Microsoft, Sportsmind, Capital One, Barnes & Noble, and Hewlett-Packard.
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The only thing that I found a bit of a letdown was that the author discusses his theories through case studies rather than in general, so sometimes as you read it you may feel that it's nice that the person mentioned could get over his or her personal issues, but the issues that you as the reader are facing are different. The author does give some tips for practice in developing a sense of body, but he doesn't provide much in the way of how to interpret signs from the body.
In the end, if you're looking for a book that will raise some interesting and profound questions, then this is a book for you. If you're looking for a book with the answers, then you may not find what you're looking for. I feel that this book is worth a read. As for the answers, I'm still thinking about them myself.
I did not realise it when I bought it. I thought they were using the term Dojo in the more general way of a training place for leaders. But this book turned out to be much more important than that. It opened up a set of practices that are the best mind hack for dealing with life that I have ever had. I have been meditating 30 years. I have studied many many many books on managing your mind from many perspectives. I have been doing HeartMath training for about 1 year.
I am very involved in quantified self and lifehacker type movements.
The basic practices from this book that I learned in 1 hour have had a bigger immediate impact than all the above put together.
The changes in my personal and business life in the last two days has been amazing.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be a more effective leader of other people, or those who just want to "lead their own lives", more effectively, confidently and congruently. It's not just another self-help book, or another business success book with the latest buzz-words, but it's based the author's years of leadership consulting work with top corporations and the military, as well many years of committed Aikido practice. (Aikido is a Japanese non-resistant form of martial arts, whose philosophy can also be applied to other types of interactions with others.)
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Anyway s, it was a long-ass book, no pictures though, that sux :(