Absolute Impact: The Drive for Personal Leadership

Absolute Impact: The Drive for Personal Leadership

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by Matthew May
     
 
Absolute Impact is a leadership fable which explores the deeper issues involved in achieving significant positive impact in work and life. Through an entertaining dramatic dialogue, four unique characters-each with a distinctly different perspective-debate the central challenges to self-leadership. Complete with discovery exercises and evaluative tools,

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Absolute Impact is a leadership fable which explores the deeper issues involved in achieving significant positive impact in work and life. Through an entertaining dramatic dialogue, four unique characters-each with a distinctly different perspective-debate the central challenges to self-leadership. Complete with discovery exercises and evaluative tools, Absolute Impact unveils the timeless keys to accomplishing your life's greatest work.

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A time of recession is, for many, a time for reflection. Add to a poor economy the fears of disease and terrorism, plus the backlash against corporate institutions-and the Matthew Mays and Po Bronsons (What Should I Do with My Life? [BKL O 1 02]) proliferate. It is clear that consultant May has constructed his fable to help those 71 percent who'd rather be doing something else with their lives and 77 percent who can't bring their true selves to work...Certainly, the topic of personal leadership in this age of heavily scrutinized CEOs is an intriguing one, with May examining how to capitalize on talents and reign in ambition.
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"Have I made the most of what I have to offer the world?" This is the question the reader is asked to contemplate at the beginning of Absolute Impact, a study of the fundamental meaning and purpose of life and work. The book stresses the qualities and characteristics of good leadership, and the journey of self-examination and discovery intended to result in a clearer perception of ones� innate talents, abilities and passions. The setting is a mythical kingdom where an aging prince faces the task of preparing his young son to take his place on the throne. The prince gathers three of his most trusted advisors to help him clarify what his son must learn and what qualities he should develop to enable him to lead justly and ably. In essence, the prince wants his courtiers to help him discover how one learns to know oneself, what is the meaning of goodness and justice and how to live life with the most impact on those around you. Each contributes to the dialogue from the perspective of his own unique talent, and through a process of synthesis arrive at answers, or at least guidelines to find the answers, to these sublime questions. The author is quick to point out that the answers will ultimately be unique for each individual. May writes with an eloquence similar to the great classics of the English language. The book is well organized, easy to read and entertaining even as it asks the reader to ponder deep and difficult questions. Included as an appendix is a section called Artenza�s Tools (named for the courtier representing courage and perception) consisting of tests, diagrams and goals to help the reader gain a better understanding of personal talents, abilities and objectives in life. Also included is a bibliography containing most of the great works of human potential and philosophy as a guide to further reading. This book deserves to go beyond the self-help or motivational section of most bookstores. Absolute Impact is recommended reading for anyone wishing to lead a more satisfying, rewarding and productive life.
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Matthew May's Absolute Impact provides a thought-provoking, introspective journey on leadership-and life itself. Through the parables and wisdom of a character taking his last breaths, May invites the reader to probe some of life's most fundamental questions while they still have a chance to do something about answers that may unsettle them. May's narrative style avoids the too-frequent, heavy-handed lecture trap, instead allowing readers to question themselves with personalized privacy and pace. For the willing reader, the excellent exercise tools can open the door to a better life and a better legacy. Done right, this is not a "quick read"-but an important one.
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Edited by Peter Baxter, University of Sheffield

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972979405
Publisher:
Peloton Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.95(d)

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THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK!! It is not one of those boring analytical self help books!! Absolute Impact is written from a very interesting point of view. It has characters that you will identify with and learn from throughout the story. I learned so much...Thru Mr. May's epic you can discover your stregnth and purpose and how to achieve your own personal absolute impact. The literary, mythological and philosophical references throughout the book make it so interesting and educational. It sheds light on things you read in school but never really understood...until now. It has impacted me and this is a book you will read again and again as you go through each station in your life. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for everyone.. I haven't ever read a book like this and this one takes the gold!!