- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038552630X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385526302
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
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MAX DePREE is the author of Leadership Is an Art. He was CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Herman Miller Inc., and was recently elected by Fortune to the National Business Hall of Fame.
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I have long thought that the popular metaphor for business leadership of an orchestra conductor is wrong in the rapidly changing conditions of today. To say that a CEO's job is like an orchestra conductor's -- to keep every one at the same place on the same page -- assumes there is a score that all of the musicians have to follow. There isn't.
Jazz demands improvisation. It gives individual musicians the freedom to create and to respond to each others creations. Max De Pree recognizes this and states this metaphor accurately at the beginning of his book.
"We have much to learn from jazz-band leaders, for jazz, like leadership, combines the unpredicability of the future with the gifts of individuals." (page 9)
But, De Pree doesn't develop this metaphor further. The title of the book, "Leadership Jazz", implies more than the book delivers in development of the metaphor.
The book does deliver very good advice on leadership. It is an excellent description of the power of "servant leadership" which is the real metaphor of the book, and, judging from the many stories De Pree relates from his years as the CEO and Chairman of Herman Miller, Inc., it is the metaphor for his life. Leaders do need to read this book.
I just wish De Pree had developed the richness of the jazz metaphor.
The values of making and keeping promises, of setting the tone for expecations and so much more, are finely articulated in this sensational (and surprisingly easy-to-read) book, that makes such an impact. Bravo for a truly fine work -- and many thanks.
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It compares with his best book Leading Without Power