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The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today Hardcover – September 8, 2003
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson Chairman and CEO, Carlson Companies Ken Blanchard has come up with a prescription for what ails American business -- The Leadership Pill. Its active ingredients of integrity, partnership, and affirmation have been part of our daily diet at Carlson for sixty-five years, and we've never felt better!
Kim Regenhard, VP Human Resources Customer Services & Operations, AT&T Wireless The Leadership Pill is entertaining and easy to read, and the action-oriented steps are truly valuable. The book includes the perfect "prescription" for anyone who has a desire not only to manage but to lead. I think Blanchard and Muchnick have created the next Management Book of the Year!
Dan T. Cathy President and COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc. The One Minute doctor has done it again with partner Marc Muchnick by prescribing a Rx labeled The Leadership Pill that when taken as directed is sure to lead to greater organizational healthiness.
Mary Anne Brannon Technical Operations, Development & Learning, Delta Air Lines What an easy-to-understand approach to building positive and productive relationships...both professionally and personally. It's about doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. When people understand their respective roles in the business, the results are more than just the dollar. The lessons of The Leadership Pill could make a "new course" for Delta.
Marilyn Winn Senior VP, Human Resources, Harrah's Entertainment The Leadership Pill is excellent in every way -- a worthy successor to The One Minute Manager.
Jeanine Kestler Dell Computer Human Resources Executive Creative and entertaining...captures the true essence of leadership.
Top Customer Reviews
Should we be grateful that leadership can be expressed so concisely and learned -- no, mastered -- so quickly? Or should we wonder who would pay a full-book price for 112 very short pages? Or should we wonder when the authors say, "The focus group data is (sic) compelling?" (p.3). Five-star reviews come from people in the first category.
The parable is full of sweet, easily transformed people, coming alive after years of mistreatment by management, brought back to life by a simple yet incredibly powerful act or word from "The Effective Leader". There is little to be generalized from these simple, simplistic cliches.
This is a variation on the incredibly successful "One-minute manager," which had similar characteristics to an article entitled, "McGregor" a few years earlier in "Organizational Dynamics," espousing one-minute praise, punishment and goals. In this case, Blanchard and Muchnick describe a people-oriented, empowering leadership model and contrast it with the pill-induced, autocratic, domineering, results-oriented style they attribute to "Patton, Napoleon and Attila the Hun." Suffice it to say, the pill doesn't work. It's poisonous. Like heroin, it gives the leader a rush of power and grandeur, but only until the followers get pretty sick and tired of ego tripping.
Recently I read a book Dr. Blanchard recommended which totally turned my career and life around called Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self. Before reading Optimal Thinking, I was confused about some of the shortcomings of positive thinking. Optimal Thinking clarified the shortcomings, showed me how to overcome them, taught me how to make the most of any situation, bring out the best in others and truly be my best.
To anyone reading this review, buy every book Dr. Blanchard writes or recommends. Dr. Blanchard, I thank you!
This book covered efficient leadership in everyday situations. The book will inspire those who truly are interested in efficient leadership strategies for the next generation. Leadership can no longer afford to be emotionally detached this parable reveals the connections of leadership to morale, productivity and active engagement at all levels.
Read the book then pass it on. Give it to your peers with in organizations in which you lead. But then try something different give it to a young person that you want to bless and give a head start in becoming an effective leader at school and at home. It's easy to read and short. I recommended that you buy this book read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am in the process of taking on a new leadership role this year. This book gave me great insight on how to motivate others and run an effective team. Read morePublished 21 days ago
Very quick read. Quite a different spin on learning how to be a great leader.Published 10 months ago by Joel Beeck
Great information for the 21st century leader. I definitely liked the book flow which made the detailed concepts easy to read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Miller
A very good book, worthwhile read. I discovered and rediscovered some very tips. A very easy to read book, it can be read in one seating.Published 13 months ago by Dunamis
The Leadership Pill is a very quick read, less than three hours and 112 pages. In those few pages you’re dropped into a fictional setting with an unnamed leader. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sparkvoice
Short & sweet ... A great companion to the One Minute Manager. It leaves you with a real sense of purpose.Published 21 months ago by Greenlantern1973
It is important to pass on the great knowledge of this book, so that the values empower others to practice the same everydayPublished on June 19, 2014 by Selwyn McKen
As is typical of a Ken Blanchard book, this one is short, easy to read, and written in a story format that allows the reader to become immersed in the storyline as well as learn... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Edward J. Barton