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Hardcover Leader to Leader (Ltl), Enduring Insights on Leadership from the Drucker Foundation's Award-Winning Journal (Comp Only) - Premium Edition Book

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Leader to Leader (Ltl), Enduring Insights on Leadership from the Drucker Foundation's Award-Winning Journal (Comp Only) - Premium Edition

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Excellent book on leadership.

Others have already outlined the 7 sections covered in LEADER TO LEADER, so I won't waste time on that other than to say there is something here for everyone. The Drucker Foundation has put together a wealth of information here from some of their collection of past articles written for their magazine publication. With 37 articles in all, the list of contributors reads like a who's who on leadership. There are three different pieces here from Peter Drucker himself, as well as an array of notables such as Herb Kelleher, Stephen Covey, Max De Pree and Warren Bennis. At first glance, I found certain areas of particular interest, but upon reflection, I know even those articles I found less captivating will be ones I will reference again in the future as I am presented with new circumstances and challenges. I think you will too. Most of the work here is in true article or essay form, however there are also a few interviews conducted by the editors, Francis Hesselbein and Paul Cohen. Being from a variety of writers, you will find a variety of styles as well. Some are quite cogent and direct in their synopsis, while others may require a piecing together of the information provided to form your own conclusions. This is a fantastic compilation of articles that I highly recommend. It's been over a decade since this was published. Hopefully the Drucker Foundation will publish Leader to Leader II in the near future.

A Truly Unique Source of Business Wisdom

Hesselbein and Cohen have assembled and brilliantly edited "enduring insights on leadership" from the Drucker Foundation's award-winning journal. What a superb selection of essays they offer! The Introduction by Hesselbein (all by itself) is well worth the cost of the book. As for the 37 individual essays, they are organized within seven Parts:I. On Leaders and Leadership (eg Peter Drucker, Max DePree, and Herb Kelleher)II. Leading Innovation and Transformation (eg Peter M. Senge, John P. Kotter, and Douglas K. Smith)III. Leadership in the New Information Economy (eg Esther Dyson, Margaret Wheatley, and Kevin Kelly)IV. Competitive Strategy in a Global Economy (eg Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ann Winblad, and Keniche Ohmae)V. Leading for High Performance (eg Steven R. Covey, Jim Collins, and Noel Tichy)VI. Building Great Teams (eg Warren Bennis, Jon R. Katzenbach, and J. Richard Hackman)VII. Leadership Across the Sectors (eg John W. Gardner, Regina Hetzlinger, and James E. Austin)I know of no other single volume in which so many great business thinkers are represented by so many of their landmark essays. The editors are to be commended for the selections; also for the structure within which those selections are organized. This is "must reading" for leaders and, especially, for whose who aspire to be leaders.

Leading ideas by leaders for leaders.

"People in both in this country and around the world have an enormous hunger for ideas; that's why three years ago the Drucker Foundation launched 'Leader to Leader', a journal of ideas by leaders for leaders."Frances Hesselbein writes, "This hunger among millions of working executives demonstrates their concern for the future and a commitment to make a difference. The incisive thinkers and remarkable leaders who have contributed to the journal and to this book open doors, spark ideas, raise signal flags, and help satisfy that universal hunger."In this context, I summarized partially only four of the thirty-seven essays written by talented thinkers as follows:I. Peter F. Drucker writes: "The three people from whom I learned the most in my work were all very different. The first two were exceptionally demanding; the third was exceptionally brillant. All three taught me a lot...Five lessons I learned from those remarkable men still apply today:1. Treat people differently, based on their strengths.2. Set high standards, but give people the freedom and responsibility to do their job.3. Performance review must be honest, exacting, and an integral part of the job.4. People learn the most when teaching others.5. Effective leaders earn respect-but they don't need to be liked.II. Doris Kearns Goodwin lists ten lessons from the stories of Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt for leaders of today's organizations.1. Timing is (almost) everything.2. Anything is possible if you share the glory.3. Trust, once broken, is seldom restored.4. Leadership is about building connections.5. Leaders learn from their mistakes.6. Confidence-not just in oneself-counts.7. Effective partnerships reqire devotion to one's partners.8. Renewal comes from many sources.9. Leaders must be talent brokers.10. Language is one's most powerful tool.III. Warren Bennis argues: "I belive that behind every Great Man is a Great Group, an effective partnership. And making up every Great Group is a unique construct of strong, often eccentric individuals. So the question for organizations is, How do you get talented, self-absorbed, often arrogant, incredibly bright people to work together?" And he suggests ten principles common to all Great Groups:1. At the heart of every Great Groups is a shared dream.2. They manage conflict by abandoning individual egos to the pursuit of the dream.3. They are protected from the "suits".4. They have a real or invented enemy.5. They view themselves as winning underdogs.6. Members pay a personal price.7. Great Groups make strong leaders.8. Great Groups are the product of meticulous recruiting.9. Great Groups are usually young.10. Real artists ship.IV. J. Richard Hackman identifies a number of mistakes that managers make in setting up and leading work teams.1. Use a team for work that is better done by individuals. 2. Call the performing unit a team but really manage members as individuals.3. Fall off the

A leading study from the leading thinkers.

"People both in this country and around the world also have an enormous hunger for ideas; that's why three years ago the Drucker Foundation launched 'Leader to Leader', a journal of ideas by leaders for leaders."Frances Hesselbein writes, "this hunger among millions of working executives demonstrates their concern for the future and a commitment to make a difference. The incisive thinkers and remarkable leaders who have contributed to the journal and to this book open doors, spark ideas, raise signal flags, and help satisfy that universal hunger."In this context, I partially summarized only five of the thirty-seven essays written by thirty-seven talented thinkers.I. Peter F. Drucker writes: "the three people from whom I learned the most in my work were all very different. The first two were exceptionally demanding; the third was exceptionally brillant. All three taught me a lot...Five lessons I learned from those remarkable men still apply today:1. Treat people differently, based on their strengths.2. Set high standards, but give people the freedom and responsibility to do their job.3. Performance review must be honest, exacting, and an integral part of the job.4. People learn the most when teaching others.5. Effective leaders earn respect-but they don't need to be liked.II. Doris Kearns Goodwin lists ten lessons from the stories of Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt for leaders of today's organizations:1. Timing is (almost) everything.2. Anything is possible if you share the glory.3. Trust, once broken, is seldom restored.4. Leadership is about building connections.5. Leaders learn from their mistakes.6. Confidence-not just in oneself-counts.7. Effective partnership require devotion to one's partners.8. Renewal comes from many sources.9. Leaders must be talent brokers.10. Language is one's most powerful tool.III. John P. Kotter argues: "No organization today-large or small, local or global-is immune to change. To cope with new technological, competitive, and demographic forces, leaders in every sector have sought to alter fundamentally the way their organizations do business. These change efforts have paraded under many banners-total quality management, reengineering, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds. Yet according to most assessments, few of these efforts accomplish their goals. Fewer than fifteen of the one hundred or more companies I have studied have successfully transformed themselves." Hence, he lists eight critical steps to transform your organization:1. Establish a sense of urgency.2. Form a powerful guiding coalition.3. Create a vision.4. Communicate the vision.5. Empower others to act on the vision.6. Plan for and create short-term wins.7. Consolidate improvements and produce still more change.8. Institutionalize new approaches.IV. Warren Bennis argues: "I believe that behind every Great Man is a Great Group, an effective partnership. And making up every Gre

Profound Wisdom in Convenient Pieces

I have read many of these chapters in their web form on the Drucker Foundation site. Now everyone can use their Reader's Guide and enjoy 37 chapters by Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis, Frances Hesselbein, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and others.These chapters explore leadership, innovation, and leading transition. I loved the chapter by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the interview with Max De Pree.I'm nominating this book for my leadership book club.
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