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Learning Journeys: Top Management Experts Share Hard-Earned Lessons on Becoming Great Mentors and Leaders Hardcover – September 26, 2000
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Accomplishes in 37 short chapters what a whole volume of MBA texts cannot tell you: leadership is a life-long process. -- Book Page, October 2000
Stories are heartfelt and self-revealing. They all deliver an elbow to the reader's ribs. -- CIO Magazine, November 15, 2000
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A main selection of the Doubleday Executive Program book club.
"Learning Journeys makes the power of storytelling come alive. These stories need to be told--and must be told--but more importantly, they should be shared in corporations throughout the world to enhance leadership and management. The stories alone are worth the price of the book, but the exercises and implementation ideas make this book invaluable."--Jimmy Neil Smith, President, Storytelling Foundation International
"To reflect the wisdom in these pages, this book should be embossed with gold, wrapped in silk, and kept in a box of the finest mahogany--it is that valuable."--Annette Simmons, President, Group Process Consulting; author of A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths and Territorial Games AFTERWORD: The Power of Stories, by Richard Stone
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This collection of leaders' own life lessons is a wonderful resource that not only shares their insights, but plants the seeds for your own with plenty of reflective questions at the end of each journey (chapter).
A terrific read!
The book is divided into eight different categories, including what were in my opinion the most insightful; "Unlearning what you thought was so", "Pain is a great teacher", and "Seeing yourself as others do". What makes this such an interesting read is that all these short essays within the eight topic areas reflect very personal insights into the people themselves. What events helped them learn and grow, what successes, or failures, helped them become who they are today?
We are given a rare glimpse into some very real personal experiences, in which we all can relate on some level. I was struck time and again at just how "normal" these leaders are, and behind the names, the publications, and the prestige of being well known and a leader in your field, are some remarkable stories of struggle and perseverance.
Highly recommended, but not for the organizational wisdom or business tips, but rather for the humanity and depth of the personal testimonies. We can all benefit from the wisdom of others whose own lessons learned can be encouraging and timely regardless of where you may be on your own journey.