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Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership Kindle Edition
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Each chapter/lesson can stand on its own, though they weave nicely into an easy-to-relate-to anthology. Volumes have been written by business, military, and political leaders on how to be successful. Romanella’s approach is a personal one, and at the end of each chapter he summarizes the lessons, like the legend on a map. The author’s leadership map is not rigid, linear, or formulaic: it is colorful, shows contours of sharp inclines or valleys, vividly describes hazards, and points to the simple direct paths a leader can choose from, emphasizing a central tenet of personal character and integrity.
The title comes from one of many colorful lessons… take care of small and easy to correct problems right away, or they may become costly disasters.
The author’s strength is his ability to impart a lesson of life and leadership with a self-deprecating wit that is hard not to admire. He is never the hero of his many anecdotes. He often makes himself the punchline, and Romanella can certainly entertain.
I know the author, having worked for, with, and around him for almost a generation. He neglects to mention his many successes as an upper management business leader with UPS, and they were numerous and unlikely to ever be repeated. This is perhaps deliberate, as Rocky always emphasized the people in the trenches were the ones fighting the good fight, not him. His humility has always been refreshing and an unwritten lesson to all.
Romanella’s most important path for the business leader is never stated in the book directly, but a close reading will solidify the impression that his favorite role is being a father. If every subordinate leader had a boss like Rocky, who cared for the well-being of each person in his charge as if one of his family, that employee would never have to worry if his or her back was protected – he could charge into the day to succeed or fail greatly on his own. No matter the outcome, Rocky would be standing at your side.
I'm guaranteed to find myself referring back to his anecdotes and applying his principles for year's to come as I continue to work towards becoming a stronger leader and creating my own legacy.