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Who's in the Room?: How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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“Great guide for any leader to use in mapping out his or her advisory teams”
—800 CEO Read
“Authoritative and pragmatic look at how to make the right calls”
—Julian Birkinshaw, Management Today
“Offers real-world strategies for making the best of how organizations seem to work”
—The Leader Lab
“How to structure organizational teams in a way that is both more realistic and more productive is at the heart of Frisch’s book”
“What you really want from a book on organizational decision making and leadership”
—New York Journal of Books
“You’ll know his advice is working when you see a dramatic drop-off in people coming into your office and asking, "Why wasn’t I in the room?"
—Matthew May, Amex OPEN Forum
“Who’s in the Room? falls in the great category…due to the book's ability to jar your perspective of how teams do and should operate.”
—Michael Wade, Execupundit
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"Many business observers talk about executive decision making, but few take you inside the meeting rooms the way Bob Frisch does, or make you rethink what goes on there. Who's in the Room? will cause a lot of leadership teams to set aside time to talk about how decisions are—and should be—made in their organizations. For most of those teams, that will be a unique and much-needed discussion."
—Walt Macnee, vice chairman, MasterCard Worldwide
"Bob Frisch's thirty years of experience in the executive suites of the world's largest companies have led to provocative new insights into how decisions get made at the highest levels of organizations. Whether you fully agree with his premise or not, this book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of top team effectiveness."
—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; and author, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership
"Who's in the Room? puts forward a pragmatic, easily implemented way for companies large and small, across industries and borders, to rapidly improve the quality of their decision making and the effectiveness of their leadership teams. It highlights some basic truths about how leaders lead, how teams behave, and how organizations work, that will have you changing the way you run your company by the time you finish reading it."
—Doug Stotz, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Bank of Montreal
"Rarely does a book reset the way we at look at something and truly shift our basic assumptions about routine activities. Who's in the Room? is one of those books. It will permanently change your thinking about how organizations should be led."
—Michael Treacy, coauthor, The Discipline of Market Leaders
Top customer reviews
There are so many useful and practical ideas in this book that I am sure it will be my Go To reference book as I continue to lead and participate in Senior Management,Strategic,and Project specific teams.
Bob Frisch does that. His expertise and expansive wealth of experience from nearly three decades inside the C suite enables him to understand and portray what goes on, what the issues are, and how to provide and think through solutions that will benefit clients and help them make the decisions and execute in a manner that moves them forward.
This book is real, and is only for those that desire to really help organizational leaders succeed and to structure strong, right-minded organizations around them. It also helps those aspiring for the C Suite, or at least to be trusted advisers to C Suites (like myself) to have greater clarity and knowledge of what really goes on there and how organizations and great companies are managed, for success or perhaps even for mediocrity.
He has succeeding in making the machinations that seem to be intuitively apparent, but are largely looked away from or glossed over, understandable and therefore maneuverable - if not actually reparable for those of us who live with this and/or deal with it in client interactions on a daily basis. Bob's perspective and case is made with a deft and comprehensive combination of first-hand experience, research, testimonials and anecdotes. It is delivered with a voice of innate authority, poise and a notable absence of pontification. It's real, convincingly genuine and genuinely convincing. A must read.
Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in what's going on at the top.