In looking at the 26 principles, MacArthur paints a picture of a well-rounded leader that not only demonstrates excellence and confidence, but also focuses on a leader's humility, interpersonal characteristics, and stamina.
A really great read for both junior and experienced leaders. Highly recommend The Book on Leadership.
1. Be Proactive
2. Begin with the End in Mind
3. Put First Things First
4. Think Win/Win
5. Seek First to Understand...Then to be Understood
7. Sharpen the Saw
One of the most foundational aspects of the Covey book for me was the development of a personal mission statement. It actually took me ten years to crystallize on a mission statement as I was going through Rick
Warren's The Purpose Driven Life that I could truly internalize and get energized around. The Covey book was the mustard seed which started the ball rolling for me.
The book goes into a lot of detail on each of the goose attributes and frames up each attribute with great examples to help you the reader identify where you might be falling short as a goose leader. Some of my favorites:
• Buffalo management: The people propose, the manager disposes
• Goose management: The people propose, the people dispose
• Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, at least in the beginning
• See mistakes, fear, anger and stubbornness as great teachers for the future
• See mistakes as gems for learning and not as sins
• Coach people, not scoreboards
• Proactively insist on meeting tough standards
• Ask questions and avoid giving answers
• Reward accomplishment, not effort
• World-class rescuers are world-class losers
• The person doing the work must own the responsibility
I love this book. Though it does border a bit on being too steeped in academia, the concepts are sound and are great building blocks for enabling empowered leaders. Read Flight of the Buffalo and pull the nuggets from the book that will help you be a leader that empowers great teams.
Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment - How to Improve Quality, Productivity, and Employee Satisfaction
Probably the most salient points made about Zapping others is the following:
1.Maintain self esteem - treat others with respect
2.Listen and respond with empathy - don't be dismissive of others problems or issues, demonstrate that you care
3.Ask for help in solving problems - seek out opinions of team members and get them to put their thumbprint on solutions
4.Offer help without taking responsibility - let team members benefit from your wisdom; don't assume responsibility for their problems
For leaders to successfully foster a Zapped environment, they need to do the following:
1.Set clear direction (key result areas, goals, and measurements)
2.Ensure the team has knowledge (skills, training and information to do the job)
3.Ensure the team has the resources (tools, materials, facilities, money)
4.Provide support for the team (approval, coaching, feedback, encouragement)
I love this book. It's a very easy read, keeps the reader engaged, and has very insightful nuggets to help you understand the difference between empowering a team versus just managing the team. If you want to be a
more empowering leader, then Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment is the next book you should read.
The Wal-Mart Effect - How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works -- and How It's Transforming the American Economy
1. Who Knew Shopping Was So Important?
2. Sam Walton's Ten-Pound Bass
3. Makin Bacon, a Wal-Mart Fairy Tale
4. The Squeeze
5. The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart
6. What Do We Actually Know About Wal-Mart?
7. Salmon, Shirts, and the Meaning of Low Prices
8. The Power of Pennies
9. Wal-Mart and the Decent Society
There were a few nuggets that I was able to glean from the book, as follows:
Pennies matter - as a small business owner I know that a penny saved is a penny earned. I hate wasting money on non-essential items; Wal-Mart built its empire on this fundamental tenet.
Never be satisfied - the moment a business owner becomes content with his or her business is the day they let the competition take over and steal business away.
Enforce accountability - Management is held to stringent goals and being off by even the smallest margin
is considered unacceptable
Work-life balance is up to you, not your employer - Fishman talks about mandatory Saturday sales meetings and recounts stories by Wal-Mart management of how they've given their all for the company at the
expense of family. There's nothing admirable about sacrificing your family and friends for any job; take control of your own work-life balance destiny.
All-in-all, not a bad read. Some good nuggets as well as a reminder of how we need to not let what we do professionally take over and consume our lives as professionals.