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Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami?: Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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''[Steve] speaks from a wealth of personal experience in private equity, as well as top executive positions... He defined five key engagement principles which resonate with me as just as relevant for new business founders as mature business executives.''
--Mark Zwilling, The Huffington Post
''[A] pithy treatise on everybody's favorite subject of engagement... A straight-talking look at why big companies typically fall short with an introduction to some smart principles.''
--Roger Trapp, Forbes
''Straight-forward and transformative at the same time, Goldstein's book offers brilliant new strategies to resolve even the most entrenched and complex problems. Following his wise advice will enable your workforce to be able —resulting in a nimble, forward-thinking, and successful organization!''
--Marshall Goldsmith, winner of Thinkers50 Leadership Award 2015 and New York Times best-selling author of What Got You Here Won t Get You There and Triggers
''We live in an increasingly complex and changing world; yesterday's formulas for attaining success simply no longer apply. Steve Goldstein's Five Principles take us out of our comfortable routines—providing us with the courage to act anew and a straight-forward wisdom that will lead to meaningful rewards.''
--Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam
''Steve is one of those leaders who can operate equally well in large and small companies, from American Express to Silicon Valley start-ups. Not only is he equally adept at operating up and down the scale of businesses, he's also great at both strategy AND implementation, a very rare combination. This book is the distillation of a long, successful, business career, and is a must read for any leader who understands that engagement is essential for successful results. Every leader will find that Steve's Five Principles of Engagement break it down in a way that they can easily see what they need to do.''
--Allen Morgan, Director of Idealab; Former Partner, Mayfield Fund; Former Partner, Wilson Sonsini; Startup Sherpa
''Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? offers a treasure trove of leadership insight. Discover why you should question everything, break the meeting habit, and recognize that the best suggestions often don't come from inside the C-Suite but from the window washers on the other side of the glass. Steven Goldstein is a natural storyteller with a lifetime of experience and wisdom to boot.''
--Ron Friedman, PhD, author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
''Having known and worked with Steve for more than 25 years, I have seen first-hand the powerful effects from applying the principles laid out in this book. Steve is a wonderful story teller with a gift for engagement with others and the challenges at hand. And, his stories are the best possible kind: funny and wise.''
--Douglas K. Smith, author The Wisdom of Teams
''I loved Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? from the first time I heard about it, especially since I often encounter dysfunctional companies. Steve's vast corporate and entrepreneurial experience serves the reader well by avoiding consultant jargon, buzzwords and complex theories and instead offers a straightforward, accessible and hands on approach to managing people, customers and business operations that everyone in business can relate to and learn from. His often amusing and always instructive stories are a bonus! Enjoy!''
--David Nour, growth strategist and best-selling author of Relationship Economics
''Steve's book pulls you in right from the very beginning with a hilarious (but unfortunately not uncommon) story of corporate dysfunction. He then goes on to describe and illustrate five principles of engagement that will guide executives, middle managers and leaders of all stripes in successfully running their organization. Through engagement with their employees, customers and even themselves, leaders will find a goldmine of insightful and practical advice in this book.''
-- James M. Kerr, Management Consultant, INC Columnist and author of The Executive Checklist: A Guide to Setting Direction and Managing Change
''I am already looking forward to re-reading it because there are so many great stories and useful tidbits to take away from it... the book offers valuable insights, real life examples, plausible solutions, and abundant encouragement.''
--El Biddulph, Being Fully Present
''Five Stars.. Goldstein describes a set of solid tactics that can be used to improve the performance of your business...Packed with wisdom and humor, this is a business book that will simultaneously educate and entertain.''
--Charles Ashbacher, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
''Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? is not about snowblowers but about engaging employees and cutting through the bureaucratic tangle that makes decision-making so difficult with some companies... Goldstein takes on some familiar topics in trying to bring engagement to the workplace.''
--Steve Tarter, Journal Star Reporter
About the Author
Steve is Chairman of US Auto Sales, and Senior Advisor to both Alvarez and Marsal and Milestone Partners. He has over thirty-five years of experience working as an operating executive at both global Fortune 500 companies (including as Chairman and CEO of American Express Bank), served as Director of numerous companies and advises large and mid-size companies. Steve is the author of a newly published book about leadership and engagement, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement.
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Much of the hefty information in this book Steven suggests at the beginning – ‘The truth is that most people are afraid to ask questions—whether from conditioning within a company or plain old human nature.’ ‘Engagement, in my experience, means adopting an active, roll-up-your-sleeves style that fundamentally takes an outside-in view of everything in the organization. It means being totally present; it means looking in places where it’s easier not to look. It means being aware of what’s really going on— not only looking but also seeing. An engaged leader is one who is interested in finding out what employees think about the business instead of solely relying on the management team and reports. An engaged leader interacts in an authentic way with customers to see what their buying experience is like and if they buy out of habit or out of conscious choice. An engaged leader has the confidence and courage to admit that everything is not working perfectly. Engagement also means being hyperinquisitive— asking questions, and then asking more questions. It means redefining how you see problems. It means being comfortable with constantly creating and leading change. It means communicating well and motivating everyone to win. It means acting like an owner in every sense of the word.’
So why all the dysfunction in most companies and organizations? To rob your inquisitive nature and list his five Principles of Engagement would be a spoiler – you need to work your way to them. And that is a very rewarding task! Grady Harp, September 16
Goldstein has an impressive background. Kudos to him for sharing the lessons he has learned through 35+ years experience. Having more engaged leaders is a win-win for both corporate America and the consumer.
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This short, to the point book, has many helpful hints to anyone working for a large organization.Read more