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- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SHOHT6
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Praise for From Values to Action
"A worthy read for any aspiring leader. Kraemer leverages his unique collection of world-class experiences to bring the leadership journey to life in a compelling and practical fashion."―Douglas R. Conant, president and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
"Values-based leadership has never been more important. For anyone wanting to be a better leader, every page of Kraemer's book offers practical advice."―Greg Case, president and CEO, Aon Corporation
"Kraemer's engaging book takes you into the heart of genuine leadership: the practices and habits that enable leaders to be reflective, self-aware, and genuinely humble. Like learning from a superb mentor, Kraemer shares his deep experience and inner secrets of what it takes to lead a great organization."―Bill George, professor, Harvard Business School; former chair and CEO, Medtronic; and best-selling author, True North and Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis
"There's a difference between doing things right―and doing the right thing. This is the essence of values-based leadership, which Kraemer captures in this lively and highly readable book. A must-read for traveling the road ahead."―Gary Burnison, CEO, Korn/Ferry International
"In an increasingly fast-paced and turbulent world, leadership based on character and values will be essential for impact and success. This book provides a wonderfully clear and practical view of what values-based leadership means and how it can be applied in our everyday life."―Dominic Barton, global managing director, McKinsey & Company"Values and culture are paramount to corporate leadership. This book provides leaders with the tools to develop their talent." ―Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric Company--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
In this anticipated book, Harry Kraemer, professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, a multibillion-dollar health care company, argues that, as the global economy becomes even more competitive, organizations will turn to values-based leaders who, in doing the right thing, deliver outstanding and lasting results.
Kraemer knows about delivering results. During his leadership at Baxter, the company experienced consistently strong growth. And Kraemer also knows about doing the right thing; not only did he step up to the plate when things were going well but also when faced with change, controversy, and crisis, as he did throughout his career. In From Values to Action, Kraemer argues that the journey to becoming a values-based leader starts with self-reflection, which he identifies as the first of four principles that guide leaders to make choices that are aligned with their values. The four essential principles are:
Self-Reflection: The ability to reflect and identify what you stand for, what your values are, and what matters most.
Balance and Perspective: The ability to see situations from multiple perspectives, including differing viewpoints, to gain a holistic understanding.
True Self-Confidence: More than mastery of certain skills, true self-confidence enables you to accept yourself as you are, recognizing your strengths and your weaknesses, and focusing on continuous improvement.
Genuine Humility: The ability never to forget who you are, to appreciate the value of each person in the organization, and to treat everyone respectfully.
Drawing from first-hand experience, Kraemer offers current and aspiring leaders a framework to adopt the four principles of values-based leadership to make their organizations beacons of enduring value in the world. Insightful and inspiring, From Values to Action comes at a critical time when true leadership in every facet of society is greatly needed.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Kraemer is able to clearly show in his book each of his points by using real life examples that he experienced in his own life and career at Baxter International, a multibillion dollar international corporation where he went from working in a cubicle to ending his career there after serving as the CEO for six years and now has had the opportunity to refine with years spent teaching leadership at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. We see how, through reflection we can learn more about ourselves to define our own set of personal morals and values, see different perspectives to help maintain balance, understand our strengths and weaknesses so that we can discover true self-confidence and be able to do all of this while never forgetting where we came from and having genuine humility.
Overall, this book is an exploration of who we are as individuals so that we can become leaders in our own lives, at work as well as at home, and have a positive influence on everything around us. In a society where businesses are currently distrusted and our “leaders” seem to be a choice of bad or worse, we are presented with an example of what true leadership is about, where leaders strive to do the right thing, not necessarily to be right. From Values to Action is an important read for everyone and contains lessons we could all learn something from.
The title of the book intrigued me from the onset. I did enjoy this book since I am a big proponent of the values-based leadership philosophy. I enjoyed the reinforcement of sound wisdom of the author who has experienced a fulfilling life along with the personal storytelling of his career. The reason I gave it four stars is because many of these kinds of books say a lot of the same things: Work-life balance, effective communication, etc. The content is not anything new, but it is a good reminder to practice/sharpen these skills.
Here is a 3 minute video vignette from Harry's 26-SEP-2011 keynote presentation