The one thing that is constant in today’s world is change; it takes place at a lightning pace, and if you’re in a leadership position, or aspire to lead, you can either take advantage of change, or be swamped by it.
Frontier Mindset by Marcel Wilson explores the concept of being a change-leader in a way that anyone can understand and apply. Written in a clear style, it offers examples of successful change leadership and exercises that help the reader focus his or her efforts in a practical way.
This book stands out among the thousands of leadership tomes currently being published, and should be required reading, not just for leaders, but for anyone who wants to master the art of thriving in an era of change.
I received a free copy of this book. I give it four stars.
The best leaders, according to retired navy captain, David Marquet, work hard to turn their followers into leaders. Using his experience as commander of the nuclear sub, USS Santa Fe, a vessel that was rated at the bottom of the heap in the command to which it was assigned, Marquet shows how the traditional leader-follower style of leadership is counterproductive, and needs to be replaced with a leader-leader style.
In Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, Marquet details his realization that the leadership style he’d been taught in the navy was not getting maximum productivity out of his subordinates, or himself. He offers details on how he came to the conclusion that developing subordinates into leaders best serves in the present day when organizations are mainly involved in handling information.
His step-by-step transformation into a more effective leader, while shown from the perspective of a military commander in a unique situation, nevertheless offers universal truths and principles that can be applied, with appropriate modification, in any leadership situation.
Whether you’re embarking upon your first leadership job, or you’re an old hand at being ‘in charge,’ this is a book that should be in your reference library. Each chapter is followed by a series of questions you can ask yourself to aid in developing your leadership.
I received this book as a gift. I give it five stars.
If there’s one thing in life that’s sure, other than death and taxes, it’s that things will always go wrong. The power will go out, the street you’re on will be closed, or some other roadblock will get between you and the destination for which you’re heading.
When things go wrong, you have to make choices; do you give up, or do you find a way around the obstacle? If you’re armed with a plan, whether it’s a personal quest or a professional objective, getting around or over obstacles becomes less of a problem. If you don’t have a plan, you find yourself wasting precious time trying to figure out what to do.
Make no mistake about it; if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. Even with a plan, things will often go wrong – no plan survives the first shot. So, it’s not enough to just plan; you must plan intelligently.
Not to worry, though; learning to plan effectively is as easy as learning to ride a bicycle. I’ve written a little book, based upon my fifty years of experience in the government bureaucracy, of the lessons in planning that I had to learn the hard way. I offer it to my readers in the hope that it will help them get to where I am in far less time than it took me.
It’s simple really. My philosophy is, ‘there’s always a Plan B. When Plan A runs into a roadblock, I’ve anticipated it, and immediately move to Plan B. You can too.
If you want to learn how to make planning easy, and more effective, get your copy of There’s Always a Plan B today. It’s available in paperback or Kindle version at the links below.
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