Leadership by the Book: Tools to Transform Your Workplace

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Told in the parable format of The One Minute Managerr and Raving Fans, Leadership by the Book draws on the model and messages of Jesus as the source of practical lessons in effective leadership. Recounting the story of a teacher, a minister, and a marketplace leader who support one another in their leadership challenges, this extraordinary book offers unexpected and exceptional answers to tough leadership issues such as: How do I best serve our customers by serving our people? How can I unify my personal beliefs ...
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Overview

Told in the parable format of The One Minute Managerr and Raving Fans, Leadership by the Book draws on the model and messages of Jesus as the source of practical lessons in effective leadership. Recounting the story of a teacher, a minister, and a marketplace leader who support one another in their leadership challenges, this extraordinary book offers unexpected and exceptional answers to tough leadership issues such as: How do I best serve our customers by serving our people? How can I unify my personal beliefs and my role as a leader in a way that feels good "deep down" and still produces desired results? How can I attain the triple bottom line effect of Raving Fan customers, Gung-Ho employees, and financial well-being by leading with integrity? The authors offer simple strategies for bringing vision--and values--to the workplace by examining messages and examples from the Bible. Sure to be required reading for all leaders, managers, and their key people, Leadership by the Book also provides lessons for the day-to-day life of parents, coaches, entrepreneurs, and religious and community leaders everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375409073
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 1 Cassette, 90 min.
  • Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Blanchard is the coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and fifty other books, including the New York Times business bestsellers Gung Ho! and Raving Fans. His books have combined sales of more than eighteen million copies in more than twenty-seven languages. He is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a full-service global management training and development company that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979.

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When the plane touched down, the Professor awoke from a sound sleep. With all the traveling he did, he counted as one of his blessings that he could sleep anywhere. As the 727 taxied to the gate, the Professor pondered his visit the previous night with Michael.

Michael was considered by many--especially the analysts on Wall Street--to be one of the top managers and business leaders in the country. At one time, the Professor had been proud to consider Michael his best pupil as well as a very good friend. During the three and a half years he had mentored Michael, the Professor and his wife, Allison, had become close friends with Michael and his wife, Carla. Both families lived in the same community just outside of San Diego. They shared common interests, and because their kids were the same age, they often took family vacations together.

The Professor and Michael started to drift apart when Michael accepted a big opportunity in New York. After a few months of fairly regular con tact, Michael started to be slow to return calls from the Professor. When they did talk, if the Professor inquired about something Michael was doing or made any suggestions, there would be an awkward silence at the other end of the phone, or Michael would say he had to take another call.

Maybe it was Michaels attraction to fame and fortune or the pressure to succeed, but whatever it was, the Professors relationship with Michael had slowly faded over the last five years.

Then why last night?

Their reunion had been initiated by Carla. Although he and Michael had lost contact, Carla and Allison had kept in touch over the years. The Professor knew through Allison that Carla was worried aboutMichael, but he hadnt discovered how out of kilter things were until Carla had called him in tears several weeks earlier.

I dont even know Michael anymore," Carla wept, and neither do the kids. All he has time for is work and the next deal. Michael has always worked hard, but he managed to spend time with me and the children. He never does anymore," she said.

"He doesnt seem to be close to or care about anyone at the office, either," Carla continued. "All that counts with him is the bottom line and what the Wall Street analysts think. Im starting to think Im living with a stranger.

"Michael used to listen to you," Carla pleaded with the Professor. "Would you talk to him? Youre my last resort."As good luck would have it, Michael and Carls home north of New York City was less than an hours drive from where the Professor was due to conduct a leadership seminar in a few weeks. Sensing Carlas desperation and being concerned about Michael, the Professor rearranged his schedule to visit them while he was nearby.

"Michael usually gets home around nine oclock," Carla said, thrilled to hear the Professors plan. "I think it would be best if you just surprised him with a visit, saying you were in the area and thought youd stop by..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

    90 minutes of my life wasted...

    I'm an avid reader, and recently I've been on a servant leadership theme. This book was among 3 others that I've read. I must say that this book is not only the worst servant leadership book I've found in terms of both content and story, but also possibly the worst book I've forced myself to finish in years and years.

    I'm a big Bill Hybels fan when it comes to his small group leadership materials. I expected this book to be equally insightful. Not so. Not even close.

    The book tells a story about a man who has a heart attack, and his friends, a pastor and a professor, attempt to set him straight during/after his recovery. Apparently the man has been super-stressed due to his job, and it has affected his family, etc... and now these men find it their duty to shut him in a room a preach at him for days and days.

    The story is told in terms and simplicity that you would expect from a third or fourth grade kids book. The storytelling is insultingly trite.

    The ideas covered are very simplistically addressed, such that very few readers would have a practical or even basically useful grasp of servant leadership when done reading.

    I'm sorry to say it, really, but this book probably would not have been published had it not been for the clout these gentlemen had already built up in other subject areas.

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