On Leadership: Practical Wisdom from the People Who Know First Edition
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—Paul Walsh Management Today
"He takes us on a breakneck tour of the hot topics of business in 2007…the contributors of the book are impressive and interesting, and the book barrels along at such a pace, with such enthusiasm, that we are breathlessly carried along…On Leadership is a profoundly hopeful read – informed by the almost palpable joy Leighton feels in inspiring and leading others."
"Leighton has chosen to consult an impressive selection of friends and colleagues about the subject, and chuck in his own thoughts in a jaunty narrative. His cast is first rate, and his access to A-list business leaders striking…for a selection of conventional wisdom on business leadership, and a sense of what is being discussed in the first-class lounges of the world’s airports, you could do no better than to read this book."
"The best management book I’ve read in a long while."
—Chris Blackhurst, City Editor Evening Standard
"There's only one Allan Leighton."
"... the best connected man in the business world."
About the Author
- Publisher : Random House UK; First Edition (June 7, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1905211260
- ISBN-13 : 978-1905211265
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.05 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,770,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is clear and concise, filled with practical examples that are easy to grasp and relate to. I was impressed and would recommend this to anyone interested in looking to improve their own performance, improve their organisations performance or requiring a means to evaluate other people and companies.
My only complaint about the book is that, perversely, I eventually found the sheer clamour of these different voices to be slightly overwhelming. And I wanted to hear more from Allen Leighton himself. Here is a man who released 600 three-foot long inflatable bananas onto a conference of ASDA store managers, to make the point that the business depended on improving like-for-like sales (the humble banana is the biggest-selling item in any supermarket). The assembled managers were obliged to make an oath of allegiance to the banana.`Everybody still remembers it,' says Leighton. I'll bet they do. Leighton also invented an effective internal management forum known by an unforgettable acronym too Anglo Saxon to be printed here: the`Stores Head-Office Interactive Trading meetings'. In these carefully managed and deliberately confrontational meetings, regional managers would be encouraged to have a go at head office policies, and store managers would air their grievances against the goods foisted on them by central buyers. To add some (rather dark) humour to the occasion, Leighton would get executives who were being given a particularly hard time by their colleagues to`walk the plank' - a real plank set up on the meeting room table. Every hesitant response would mean another pace along the plank towards a hypothetical watery grave. It apparently encouraged a frank exchange of views (I think we can agree on that) and probably did a great deal to draw the poison from the internal dissatisfactions which can, in so many organisations, be allowed to persist and fester. Robust and intriguing stuff.
On Leadership is a hugely valuable and practical contribution to the study of business leadership. Leighton himself, despite his deliberately back seat and editorial approach, emerges as a clear-sighted, incisive, adventurous and rigorous leader. Impressive.