- Perfect Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: TVA Inc.; 1st edition (December 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980098203
- ISBN-13: 978-0980098204
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dr. Dewett is dedicated to developing and inspiring people in organizations by combining a massive dose of energy with world class knowledge to deliver a message that brings leadership to life. He has been quoted in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, MSNBC, and hundreds of other outlets. Dr. Dewett's credentials include a BBA from the University of Memphis, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in Management from Texas A&M University. Dr. Dewett has consulted with, trained, spoken to, and instructed professionals from a wide range of organizations including Fortune 500s, a host of business associations, smaller organizations and government agencies. Before going it alone Dr. Dewett enjoyed roles at Andersen Consulting as well as Ernst & Young. Currently, he is settled in Houston, TX where he continues his quest to improve our capacity to lead.
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Dewett unveils a leadership oath at the start of the book that encapsulates the meaning and purpose of a leader. It sets the tone for the entire book, and it alone is worth the purchase price. Oh, if only more leaders took the oath and adhered to it!
The author has a refreshingly casual and blunt style which makes for a quick and enjoyable read. He quickly nullifies the leader vs. manager debate and blows away other myths. He also introduces some fun tidbits like his definition for BLAME - an acronym meaning Barely Legitimate Almost Meaningless Excuse. He reserves a chapter to describe his leadership rules: Reduce Ambiguity, Be Fair, and Stay Positive. Lots of good stuff!
"The Little Black Book of Leadership" is filled with valuable advice. It is a fine resource for both aspiring and seasoned leaders.
--Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down," and "Lead Well and Prosper"
Dr. Dewett through his ironic descriptions calls out a number of tendencies that leaders sometimes rely upon and makes them ponder whether their actions and belief are actually beneficial or not. And he recommends things that at first glance may seem the opposite of most people's initial reaction to work issues.
I liked the fact that this book is not targeted specifically at the CEO rank (although I believe it would be very beneficial to them as well) but at the remainder of the organization that has the ability to lead and influence, managers and subordinates alike. The irreverent discussions may be a burr to those who prefer an organization of strict hierarchal power, but they come with basic truths that are useful to anyone.
The book is a very easy read, a very good read, and one I would recommend to anyone entering a business school or into the "real world"...
This book speaks to denizens of cubicleville on up the ladder, unlike most business books that are written for super senior leaders like the CEO. In particular I appreciated Chapter 2, an guide to self-improvement. I read it, did some introspection, re-read parts, did a 360, more introspection, and developed some plans; so I would say it was motivating and informative. Worth it for that chapter alone.
If you are looking to improve yourself, lead people more effectively, develop your staff, be more valuable to your organization, or become more promotable, then this is a book for you.
The analysis of several concepts would seem so easy, but like Dewett says, we still mess them up every day. This book has helped me realize how to handle so many situations already today at work. It's a great feeling to be able to think about real names and situations where his rules apply!
I love it, and I think I'm going to read it again - after I let one of my MBA buddies borrow it of course! :)
I would suggest it to all business folks living in cubicleland!