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Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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''Leadocracy is a refreshingly simply solution to the problem of government dysfunction.'' --H. Wayne Huizenga, Chairman, Huizenga Holdings and former Founder and CEO of three Fortune 500 companies
''At a time of deep doubt about the ability of our federal government to manage our country, Leadocracy provides a reason for hope. As Geoff Smart demonstrates in this timely book, with great leadership no problem is unsolvable.'' --Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel
''As someone who has seen up close hundreds of companies succeed or fail, I can tell you that the quality of the leader is the number one driver of success. Leadocracy shows how to get more great leaders into government, which we sorely need.'' --Steve Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO, and Cofounder, The Blackstone Group
''If we don't have leadership in this country with the experience to develop a smart long-term economic growth plan, the guts to aggressively execute it, and the perseverance to stick with it over the long haul, we'll never again see the economic prosperity we've come to take for granted.'' --Ted Waitt, Chairman, Avalon Capital Group and Waitt Family Foundation, Founder & former CEO of Gateway
''Leadership is the key to human progress. Geoff Smart s book leads the way.'' --Charles Butt, Chairman, H-E-B
''If we can systematically find ways to attract our best leaders to government, as Leadocracy describes, the quality of life of our society will improve.'' --John Malone, Ph.D., Chairman, Liberty Media Corporation
''Our future, the world's future, depends on attracting better leaders to government. Leadocracy provides a blueprint for how to do it. Reading it is an inspiration.'' --Governor John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado ''Leadocracy documents what we in Indiana have learned firsthand: With leadership from citizens possessing the right mix of experience and vision, good government is not a lost cause.'' --Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana
''Geoff Smart makes clear the compelling need for top talent to choose public service. Leadocracy demonstrates the difference strong leadership makes in the public and private sectors.'' --Governor Jack Markell of Delaware
''It is high time that we focus far more on improving the return on investment of our tax dollars. The best approach for accomplishing this is for successful business leaders to step forward and give back by applying their wealth of practical business experience and objective fact-based analysis to government leadership and decision making.'' --Fred Steingraber, President of Kenilworth, IL, and Chairman Emeritus, A.T. Kearney
''Nothing we do in government is as important as who we hire into key leadership roles. Leadocracy, and Geoff's previous book Who, outline principles that we have applied with great success here in Colorado.'' --Roxane White, Chief of Staff to Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado
''What a 'Smart' book! Leadocracy redefines government leadership and what it should be, results-based and focused on why true leaders choose to work in government--to help better the lives of others in a streamlined, efficient, and accountable manner.'' --Lynn Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County, CO, Department of Human Services
''Education reform and government reform are inter-related. I believe that leadership is the answer to both. I applaud Geoff Smart's initiative and willingness to bring his hiring methods into the public sector with Leadocracy.'' --Wendy Kopp, Founder, Teach For America
''We have used Geoff Smart's methods for hiring here at KIPP with great results. We would love to see them applied to how government leaders are selected, the way he outlines in Who and Leadocracy.'' ----Mike Feinberg and David Levin, Cofounders, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program, the largest charter school operator in the United States)
"Leadocracy signals a movement that is underway to hire more great leaders into government. I hope my fellow Brits figure this one out too; our way of life depends on it." --Richard Bryan, managing director of BBH Properties
''A high-performing government requires high-performing leaders; Leadocracy convincingly shows that we have an under-tapped supply in the private sector and desperately need to engage them.'' --Professor Steven Kaplan, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
''I am encouraged by the idea of more great private sector leaders going into the public sector, a trend which Leadocracy outlines.'' --Professor Morten Sorensen, Columbia Business School
''The evaluation of any organization starts with an assessment of the leader. Geoff Smart has made a compelling case for leader-oriented government reform in Leadocracy.'' --Professor Stewart Donaldson, Dean & Chair of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
''Part diagnosis, part call-to-arms, Geoff Smart's Leadocracy injects a thought-provoking new voice into the dialogue about how to improve our government. It will hopefully spark better leaders to seek key positions at all levels of government.'' --Professor Noam Wasserman, Harvard Business School, author of The Founder s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup
''Geoff Smart is the world expert on the topic of hiring leaders. What he suggests we do in Leadocracy to get more great leaders into government is wise counsel.'' --Marshall Goldsmith, the world's #1 Leadership Thinker (Thinkers50, Harvard Business Review) and New York Times bestselling author or editor of 31 books, including What Got You Here Won t Get You There
''Geoff Smart is one of the nation's top thinkers on how to hire great people. And he has put his finger on our fundamental failure as voters--we don't hire great people into government. Leadocracy shows how that can change.'' ----Atul Gawande, MD, surgeon and bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto
''Leadocracy helps to demystify government, and shows how great leaders from the private sector can make a difference in the public sector, for the good of us all.'' --Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company
''Geoff Smart's previous book, Who, was the number one most impactful book on my career as a CEO. I am hopeful Leadocracy will be as impactful on society. --Craig Zoberis, CEO, Fusion OEM
''It is about time this subject got the thoughtful treatment it deserves. The sad fact is our government is a source of competitive disadvantage for our country. The happy fact is Geoff's book may start to change that.'' --Kent Thiry, Chairman & CEO, Davita
''One of my main goals in business is to find and grow great leaders. Our success depends on it. Sadly, there is no such training ground in government. We should expect more from our politicians and Leadocracy makes a strong case for greater private participation in the public sector.'' --Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global
''Geoff Smart is 'the man' when it comes to hiring. I am pleased to see him applying his methods to the daunting task of selecting government leaders. Leadocracy is a step in the right direction.'' --Darrin Anderson, RVP, HD Supply
''Thousands of successful entrepreneurs around the world know about Geoff Smart's ideas about leadership and performance, and they apply them with great success. In Leadocracy, I am pleased to see the world of government is starting to take note.'' --Verne Harnish, Founder, Entrepreneurs' Organization, and author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits
''Geoff Smart's book Who gave us the key strategies and methods that helped us hire top talent. This has allowed us to create an award-winning culture and excel in our social mission. Leadocracy shows how to hire great leaders for the public sector.'' ----Scott Mesh, Ph.D., CEO, Los Ninos Services
About the Author
Geoff Smart is a CEO, bestselling author, and social entrepreneur whose mission is to create, communicate, and put into practice useful ideas about leadership.
Geoff serves as Chairman & CEO of ghSMART. ghSMART is a leadership firm for CEOs and investors, which Geoff founded in 1995. The firm was named one the ''world's top firms'' in Broderick's The Art of Managing Professional Services, and is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases titled ''ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services.''
Geoff is co-author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. The book is one of the bestselling and most-acclaimed books in the world on the topic of hiring leaders, which The Wall Street Journal calls ''the most important aspect of business.'' Soundview Executive Book Summaries gave Who the ''Best 30 Business Books Award.'' Shanghai Daily named it a ''Top 5 Business Book in China.'' Canada's Globe and Mail named Who the ''#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009.'' Geoff is also co-creator of the TopgradingÂ® philosophy of talent management.
As a social entrepreneur, Geoff is Chairman and Co-founder of SMARTKids Leadership ProgramTM, a 501c3 not-for-profit foundation. It provides a customized program of 10 years of leadership mentoring and a $100,000 scholarship to top students with leadership potential from low-income communities. He is Chairman and Founder of THE LEADERS INITIATIVETM, whose mission is to elevate humanity by identifying, developing, and deploying society's greatest leaders into government. Geoff and his ghSMART colleagues also provide pro bono leadership advisory services to leaders in the fields of education, healthcare, and government.
Geoff earned a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology with emphasis in Leadership from Claremont Graduate University, where he was a student of Peter F. Drucker. He was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for holders of doctoral degrees, and is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
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Throughout the past decade due to conflicts of war, milestone presidencies, and revolutions around the world, the public eye has been focused on the leaders in government and the economy. There is a perceived dynamic between the public and private sector leaders that Geoff Smart wishes to change and modify. Geoff Smart provides a survey of the leaders that testify to the transition from public to private sector leadership positions. Smart unambiguously illustrates the process he went through in order to eradicate this stereotype that people, including private sector financier leaders, have about positions in government. Through the use of past examples of leaders who made the transition and their opinions concerning their experiences, Geoff Smart helps the reader develop a greater understanding of government leadership.
Geoff Smart consistently uses various examples of successful individuals who made the transition from private sector leadership to public sector leadership. These examples include Mitchell Daniels, governor of Indiana, Governor Jack Merkell of Delaware, and Mark Gollogly who sits on the cabinet of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Smart interviews and discusses the transition from private sector leadership at places like Blackstone, Ernst & Young, and the Tractor Supply Company, to government leadership positions as governors, secretaries of departments, and cabinet members of the presidential administration. The interviews consisted of questions concerning why they left their high-paying jobs, was the transition a rewarding experience, and whether or not they would recommend it to other CEOs of industry.
This book takes you on a personal journey and recommendation of Geoff Smart, a leader in the field of ethical leadership. This journey entails Smart's own hesitancies behind the idea of transitioning from private to public. He admits to the stereotypes and fears that most Americans, and CEOs of industry continue to have: the money isn't as good, it's a political game, and spotlight is not something they want their families to endure. Geoff Smart tackles these obstacles by asking tough questions and requiring substantial answers. He does admit that there is not much data in terms of this investigation of the transition between private to public, yet the stories he tells of these successful individuals provides inspiration for the reader as well as other CEOs to make the same leap.
People aren't happy with the government not necessarily because of the direct regulations and policies that have been enforced, yet they are unhappy with the enforcers on a municipal, state, and federal level. Geoff Smart offers a solution that enables a pledge by private sector leaders to serve in a government leadership position for two years of their professional careers. Smart views this option as doable, valuable, and meaningful not just for the public but also for the individual him/herself. With this proactive approach, it will encourage more leaders to step into a government role and apply their skills acquired in the private corporate world in order to better society. Private to public, can be the solution to bad government leadership.
I was surprised to receive a book that actually just made perfect sense, and didn't swing to either side whatsoever. I wish more people could think like this and could read between the lines. It irks me so much, what is going on in this country and I can't believe the news each day, and I certainly can't believe what in the world is going on.
I quite frankly am sick of voting for the lesser of 2 evils, and would love nothing more then to have regular Americans, running for office. But, of course, who wants to do that??
I appreciated the writing in this book, mainly the fact that it wasn't swayed, and it sure wasn't a rant of any kind, it was actually rather positive. (Which is hard to be these days) But, the author gives some hope. Especially with his morals and his well laid out ideas, plans, and information. It really isn't that hard to figure out, although so many seem to have lost a few brain cells over the years, I sit here some days with my mouth hanging open trying to figure out, why??? How?? HUH??
It is easier then some think, and I only hope this book makes it in the hands of many hopefuls like the author, and myself. I would love to see more citizens running for office, I don't care how small the positions, as long as it is something! We all want to complain, and carry on, but yet nobody wants to actually get up and do something about the mess. Many of us have the brains and the ideas, and the experience, so what is holding everybody back?
If only Government, and society would read this book, and see how simple this fix really is, and actually how we can use this to our advantage, this country and many others, could be a better place!
I have to say, I am personally involved in politics, I am a mom, and a bartender, but I am pretty current, a daily listener, watcher, reader, researcher, and I have read many books about politics and how a Government should and can and never will, govern. Most of those books end up being partial to one side, and that really turns me off. Why can't we all just be happy and civil and brainstorm together?? If you agree with these thoughts, Leadocracy, is the prime choice for you!
** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **