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Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons from the Toys You Loved as a Child Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Ron Hunter Jr. serves as Executive Director, President & CEO of Randall House Publications in Nashville, Tennessee. He travels nationally as speaker doing leadership training and consulting. Ron also served in ministry both in Florida and Tennessee for 11 years. After enlisting, Ron later became an officer and during his time of serving completed the Army's Jump, Rigger, Air Assault, and Infantry training. He has been married to his college sweetheart Pamela since 1987, and they have two enjoyable kids, Michael and Lauren.
Michael E. Waddell has years of experience as a minister, educator, motivational speaker and communication consultant. Michael has a Masters degree in Communications. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Randall House Publications, and his committee placement allows him to impact thousands of young people every year in matters that affect their leadership and spiritual development. Michael and his wife, Marianne, are the proud parents of three boys: Malone, Mack, and Manning. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Flawed may be a bad word to use for this book. The idea is a great one (more on it later) but the narratives about the lessons could have been stronger. In addition, I noticed some editorial issues (spelling, words out of order, etc) which I wholly attribute to the publisher / editor for not catching.
That said, I love the ideas presented in this book.
The main idea of this book is this:
Think back to the toys you had as a kid. Think about LEGO, Play-Doh, Mr Potato Head, the Yo-Yo...all those things we used to play with when we were younger (and maybe we still do play with today?). The ideas learned from these toys can be used as leadership lessons. For Example:
* LEGO - using the idea of LEGO bricks, the authors present the idea of connectedness. Connecting the right people together in business is essential. Connecting the right businesses together is also important.
* Play-Doh - This great toy can be shaped and made into anything. The same can be true of organizations...a great leader can shape the organization to meet future goals. There may need to be lots of different experiments done to find the right shape, but it can be done.
* Rubik's Cube - The author's use the Rubik's Cube as a toy that describes ethics. While I tend to disagree with that premise, it does make a great toy to demonstrate strategy & tactics. You know where you want to get to (all sides with same colors) and you have to determine the tactics to get there (which turns to make and in what order).
While not perfect, I'd suggest this book to anyone looking for new ways to think about leadership, strategy & business.
The authors simply tell us that the sum of a group, including the leader, is greater than the whole when networking with others that surround us.
How refreshing to not have to learn something new for us to excel as leaders.