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CHARLES M. SCHWAB (1862-1939), who became president of Carnegie Steel at age 35, was Andrew Carnegie's right hand man and was also one-time president of U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel. This essay, by one of the country's top millionaire businessmen, shares his secrets of success.
Schwab had a deep appreciation for the common, dedicated working man and he gave the power to succeed to any employee who was willing to pay the price. Schwab pointed out that he motivated his workers by "appeal[ing] to the American spirit of conquest in my men, the spirit of doing things better than anyone has ever done them before."
"In that time it has been my good fortune to watch most of the present leaders rise from the ranks, ascend step by step to places of power. These men, I am convinced, are not natural prodigies. They won out by using normal brains to think beyond their manifest daily duty."
For Life's Everyday Battles - The first official self-improvement and
leadership book from the British Army's world-leading Sandhurst Academy.
New Tools to Overcome the Human Barriers to Change
Leaders know that their job is to transform their organizations to keep pace with technology and an ever-changing business environment. They also know that they are bound to fail in doing so. But this discouraging prospect is not because they won't be able to solve a technological or strategic problem. Leaders will fail because of intractable human responses associated with change--responses such as fear, ingrained habits, politics, incrementalism, and lack of imagination. These stumbling blocks always arise when we humans are faced with change, but what if we had a way to transcend them?
This book reveals a radical new method for doing just that.
Written by the executive who designed and implemented it, the neuroscientist who helped make it work, and the academic who explains why it works and how to do it, Leading Transformation introduces an innovative yet proven process for creating breakthrough change.
Divided into three steps--envisioning the possible, breaking down resistance, and prototyping the future--this process uses cutting-edge tools such as science fiction, cartoons, rap music, artifact trails, and neuroprototypes to overcome people's inability to imagine or react to what doesn't yet exist, override powerful habits and routines that prevent them from changing, and create compelling narratives about the organization's future and how to get there.
Showing how these tools have been used successfully by companies such as Lowe's, Walmart, Pepsi, IKEA, Google, Microsoft, and others, the process revealed in this book gives leaders the means to transcend the human barriers that block change and lead their organizations confidently into the future.
In the spirit of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, the international bestseller, FIRST THINGS FIRST is a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter and faster will help you gain control of your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfilment. The authors of FIRST THINGS FIRST disagree. In the first real breakthrough in time management in years, Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill apply the insights of the 7 HABITS to the daily problems of people who must struggle with the ever increasing demands of work and home life. Rather than focusing on time and things, FIRST THINGS FIRST emphasises relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasises effectiveness. Covey offers a principle-centred approach that will empower readers to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding and balanced lives.
This comprehensive and engaging text presents the complexities of strategic management through up-to-date scholarship and hands-on applications. Highly respected authors Hill, Schilling, and Jones integrate cutting-edge research on topics including competitive advantage, corporate governance, diversification, strategic leadership, technology and innovation, and corporate social responsibility through both theory and case studies. Based on real-world practices and current thinking in the field, the 12th edition features an increased emphasis on the changing global economy and its role in strategic management. When paired with this student-centric text, the MindTap learning solution will prepare the next generation of strategic leaders.
The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.
* Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life
* Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness
* Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation Turn your organization's idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.
In the world of digital business, the line between strategy and tactics is blurring. Traditionally large companies would adopt strategic frameworks which planned over three- to five-year timescales, while most digital start-ups had little interest in comprehensive and rigorous strategic processes and simply set themselves vision and worked out how to get there along the way. In today's digital economy even large companies are finding that their planning horizons are being measured in months rather than years or quarters (if not yet in the weeks or even days of startups). On the other hand, investors are less swayed by the excitement of 'digital' and expect harder and more rigorous medium term planning from start-ups. As a result, while the empirical process of learning by doing is becoming part of traditional companies' strategy processes, digital pure plays are no longer just making it up as they go along, but actively learning and changing as they go along. In short: on the battlefield of online commerce, strategy blends with tactics. Indeed, the distinction between pure play and hybrid is increasingly redundant as more holistic business models begin to emerge. Digital Stractics captures the experience and insights of some 60 entrepreneurs, CEOs and chairmen of both pure plays and hybrids to formulate frameworks within which both pure plays and hybrids can shape their strategy and business models. As timescales between 'plan' and 'do' collapse strategy and tactics have to blend. The world of STRACTICS is upon us.
There is now proof that business and philanthropy form a powerful platform for positive change. Shari Arison has shown this through her leadership in over three decades of philanthropy and 15 years of running her own global business, the Arison Group. In her previous New York Times bestseller, Activate Your Goodness, Shari revealed the ways doing good enriches the lives of individuals and those around them. Now, in The Doing Good Model, Shari's vision and insights have been applied to the corporate world to illustrate how everyone benefits when companies value people and the planet alongside profit. Learning about the 13 values within The Doing Good Model will enable business owners to rethink their impact on every level, from the individual, all the way through to our collective well-being. The Doing Good Model is a guide that will enable you to infuse your business with the power of doing good. And more than that, it's a call to action for business owners, leaders, and employees in all industries across the world to become agents for change. Companies of any size can benefit from Shari's vision. Her sustainable values-based business model can easily be introduced and implemented in any organization. It's time to revitalize modern business for the good of humanity. Let The Doing Good Model open your eyes and become a catalyst for corporate transformation.
"Spiral Dynamics" reveals the hidden codes that shape human nature,
create global diversities, and drive evolutionary change. These
magnetic forces attract and repel individuals, form the webs that
connect people within organizations, and forge the rise and fall of
nations and cultures. This book tracks our historic emergence from
clans to tribes to networks and holograms; identifies seven
Variations on Change, and adds power and precision to the design of
human systems and 21st century leadership.
"Spiral Dynamics" is an extension and elaboration of the
biopsychosocial systems concept of the late Clare W. Graves; work
that Canada's "Maclean's Magazine" called 'The Theory that Explains
Everything'. The authors mesh UK biologist Richard Dawkins' concept
of 'memes' with Gravesian 'value systems' in crafting a timely
transformational change formula and process. Their concept of MEMES
represents the first major statement of the new 'Science of
Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan, who were closely
associated with Clare W. Graves, apply the principles of "Spiral
Dynamics" worldwide in both corporate and top-level governmental
sectors. They helped transform South Africa out of race categories,
design organizational and marketing systems for a wide range of
industries, and revitalize local communities, educational and
professional institutions, and sports programs. Based on
motivational MEMEs, they also designed a "hearts and minds"
strategy for the South African rugby union team, winners of the
1995 World Cup.
Beck and Cowan were on the faculty of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, for a number of years before forming the National Values Center.
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.
Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
For years, business schools and professional consultants have turned to Sun Tzu's 2,500-year-old Chinese text for its invaluable commentary on such topics as leadership, strategy, organisation, competition and cooperation. Now the wisdom of Sun Tzu's The Art of War is made accessible to the modern reader. Not simply a new translation, this is the first book to provide a clear, easy-to-follow interpretation of the classic document. The Art of War for Executives reveals the brilliance of Sun Tzu - and shows how to win on the battlefield of modern business. The tone and insight of the original classic remain, whilst incorperating the ideas of contemporary business philosophers, like Peters, Drucker and Bennis. Here at last is an accessible interpretation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War incorperating modern business lessons to make this classic text relevant and readable for today's executive facing strategic and competitive challenges.
Designed for and by today's students in every detail, MGMT7 was developed with input from students and faculty members to provide a more engaging and accessible solution that appeals to different learning styles at a value-based price. This concise MGMT7 includes all of the key concepts that your instructors require and a full suite of learning aids to accommodate your busy lifestyle, including chapter-by-chapter study cards, self-quizzes, downloadable flash cards, an interactive eBook, and more. This innovative approach unites today's latest management research with author Chuck Williams's unique storytelling approach in a visually rich design that reads like a business periodical. With MGMT7, you'll find everything you need to prepare efficiently and succeed in your principles of management course.
EXPERT GUIDANCE FOR YOUR MANAGEMENT CAREER Key MBA Models provides easy access to the core models, tools and concepts that are covered on MBA programmes. Whether you are a student about to embark on an MBA, or a manager who wants to understand the ideas taught, this guide will help you to get ahead.
Influence the Influencers in Your Life ""I've known Dirk Schlimm for years, and observed with admiration his ability to work effectively with powerful people while sustaining his own core values. His topic is important, and his experience has given him a deep practical wisdom."" --Jim Collins, author, "Good to Great" ""For every 'powerful person' who has influenced history, there are three or four people behind the scenes without whom history would never have changed. Vision and drive for implementation are never enough. Dirk Schlimm's book is about how to accomplish the work of real change in the real world by doing the hard work that rarely gets noticed."" --Governor Howard Dean, Chairman Emeritus, The Democratic National Committee """Influencing Powerful People" provides invaluable insights into this dynamic--insights that will assist anyone to be more effective and successful."" --Peter Jewett, Chair, Corporate Department, Torys LLP About the Book Dealing with powerful people can be intimidating. Many of them have reached the height of achievement through a combination of charm, confidence, and rilliance, and they certainly deserve our dmiration and respect. More than likely, owever, they also succeeded as a result of their relentless drive and, in the process, developed reputations for being intense, demanding, and temperamental. How do you keep up with such individuals, gain their confidence, contribute to their enterprise, and ensure that your ideas count? "Influencing Powerful People" provides you with the tools you need to connect and get results with key influencers and decision makers--chief executives, department heads, supervisors, and anyone else in a position of authority. Author Dirk Schlimm, who has frontline experience working with "larger-than-life" leaders, provides sixteen proven rules for working successfully with the powerful people in your life--whether your boss, client, partner, associate, or international counterpart. These rules include: Adopt the role of a "helper" Counter ego with humility Appreciate who they are and what they do Do the things they can't Become an effective counterweight It's not about giving up your values or telling them what they want to hear--in fact, what powerful people need most often is your loyalty and unbiased perspective. It's about learning to build a relationship and communicating in a way that gets their attention. It's about strategically managing and adapting your everyday behavior so that the powerful people in your life gain confidence in you, appreciate your contribution, and listen to you when charting their course. No matter what your level in an organization, "Influencing Powerful People" holds the key to ensuring that you make an impact, earn respect, and progress to even greater achievement and responsibility.
The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The leaders, professionals, parents and teachers who understand this are at the top of their fields and inspire some of the finest independent thinking in their environments. In More Time to Think, Nancy Kline shares ten effective ways to help people think for themselves with rigour, imagination, courage and grace. From learning that the mind works best in the presence of a question (so never be afraid to risk being wrong) and that a key factor in the quality of a person's thinking is how they are treated by the people with them while they are thinking, to the importance of appreciation and of facing what you have been denying, Nancy Kline shows how to create a successful Thinking Environment, whether for two people or a larger group.
A new business parable from John Kotter - the leading authority on leadership and change, and bestselling author of Our Iceberg is Melting That's Not How We Do It Here is the story of a clan of meerkats who live in the Kalahari. Well organised and efficient, the colony enjoys many years of successful growth, until it suddenly comes under threat from a new form of predator and is forced to rethink its organizational structure. John Kotter uses this charming parable to explore why organizations often struggle no matter their past success, and why they fall. Kotter shows that by embracing reliability, efficiency, speed and agility, and building passion, discipline and personal growth, organizations can once again prosper, fulfil their mission, create great jobs and services and generate wealth.
The wit and wisdom of one of our greatest military leaders in a compact, highly readable edition!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Patton's Letter to His Son on D-Day
Patton on Leadership
Patton on God & the Bible
Patton on Conviction & Decision
Patton on Courage & Fear
Patton on Discipline
Patton on Health
Patton on Success
Letters by George S. Patton
"I don't know what a Philadelphia lawyer might say, but I know what I mean by Country. It is the Constitution! 'Just the greatest document ever written by man' according to an English Prime Minister. You know why we serve the Constitution? Simple! Recall what you said when you got your first commission or got a promotion. You take an oath to God 'to support the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.' We are fighting for our great Constitution. We are not fighting for any man, president, senator, congressman nor potentate. This is what I mean by Country."
--General George S. Patton
TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. And yet the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
Communications coach and bestselling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters to uncover the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. From 'Unleashing the Master Within' and 'Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments' to 'Sticking to the 18-minute Rule' Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.
Ideas are the true currency of the 21st century, and Talk Like TED gives readers a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals.
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