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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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"The Radical Leap, a cut above most of its shelf mates, is written with verve, humor, and convincing candor" -- American Way magazine, 5/15/04

Awesome! I am an unabashed Farber fan! -- Tom Peters

Every leader needs to hear this message and take it to heart. This is a terrific book. -- Patrick Lencioni; Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; President, The Table Group

This is one of the coooolest books I’ve read in recent years on the subject of Leadership. -- Tim Sanders, Author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

About the Author

Steve Farber is the former Vice President and Official Mouthpiece of the Tom Peters Company and is currently President of Extreme Leadership, Inc., an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. In this capacity, he has coached hundreds of clients at such companies as Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Clorox, Intel, Kraft Foods, American Medical Association, Wells Fargo, and Disney. Steve lives in San Diego.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793185688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793185689
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jamie R. Horvath on April 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a college student I was not thrilled to be given the assignment of reading a book on the topic of leadership. I therefore turned to a friend and business owner who does a lot of reading on this subject. He recommended Steve Farber's The Radical Leap: a Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership and I loved every page of it! The Radical Leap's parable proved to be interesting and easy to read, a wonderful change from most of my text books. After finishing the book in one day I was excited at the prospect of using Farber's advice when I start my full time job after graduating this semester. Using a parable in which the characters discuss the meaning of leadership and how to become an extreme leader Farber teaches his readers how to become such a leader. He provides excellent examples and raises interesting questions for the reader to ponder. Too often when someone reads an informative book they reach the end and wonder what exactly they should have learned or how it applies to their life. Even if they do understand the concepts, they don't know where or how to start applying them. Such is not the case with Farber's book. If you need help applying Farber's ideas after reading The Radical Leap he gives you the specific questions you need to answer. As a person who was hesitant about reading anything on the topic of leadership I can honestly say that The Radical Leap: a Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber has given me a new perspective. This book is excellent and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about pursuing a position of leadership or who wants to gain additional insight on the topic leadership. This book gives you a new and positive outlook at the workplace.
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Imagine someone audacious enough to say that "trust and love and humility are hardcore business principles."
All around us, in the boardrooms and business offices of any number of formerly credible companies, many of the players have literally shredded the concept of honesty - the building block of trust; the only love is the love of compensation packages and power; and humility is a foreign concept long ago discarded for megalomania and self-righteousness and celebrity status.
Imagine someone audacious enough to suggest that people who work in business can change the world for the better.
Doing whatever it takes to meet or exceed analysts' short-term earnings projections to raise the value of the stock and increase shareholder value, now that is a readily observable hardcore business principle. Or at a more micro level, as one boss said to me early on in my career, "Your job is to help me make my bonus."
Imagine someone audacious enough to suggest that we need to reclaim our right and power to set an example of what's right in business and everywhere else, and to challenge the examples that are not.
In the past few years in business and in government, we have been confronted daily with evidence of an American culture in which fear drives behavior to conform rather than confront, in which intimidation greets those who would choose to live by personal codes of ethics.
And so it is a radical leap to suggest that trust and love and humility, and a desire to change the world, and the right to stand up for personal values have anything other than a wishful place in business.
Enter Steve, one of the duo of main characters in Steve Farber's The Radical Leap; A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership.
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I first heard of this topic during a talk by Steve Farber at a recent conference. I was so excited about this approach that the book was on order before I left the conference! Someone has said that there is nothing new in this book. In a way, that is correct, as these concepts have been discussed over many years. However, I admire Steve's talent at putting these concepts together in a way that is so simple and direct. Following the genre of a fictional short story to put forth his theories is just a fun way to get these theories across.

I happen to strongly believe in the four major points, particularly the premise that says you have to love, i.e, have a passion for, what you are doing. If you do not have a passion for what you are doing, you are doing a major disservice to your coworkers and your customers, so go do something else! Steve highlights that concept very well, as well as the following precepts of energy, audacity and proof.

For those who are serious about self-examination and taking actions to become more effective leaders, this book will provide tremendous insight towards those goals.
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This book is a business parable - through the story of the main character Steve, a leadership consultant, in which he uncovers the principles of Extreme Leadership - the Radical LEAP:

"Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader's active, dynamic expression of love."

A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a regular basis.

Below are excerpts that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations."

2- "And we follow human beings; we don't follow idealized icones of unattainable perfection."

3- "If I love who we are, and if I love what we can be, then I'll love the process of how we get there. And in order to make it all happen, I will act boldly and courageously and I will, at time, fail magnificently. But my love demands that I try. Demands it."

4- "Relationships in the world of business are won in analogous ways...by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm on principle - there is such a thing as tough love - but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees."

5- "Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do."

6- "...
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