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Leadership by the Book: Tools to Transform Your Workplace

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In today's changing business world, leaders face more challenges than ever before, whether from increased competition, new ways of reaching customers, or motivating people.

Leadership by the Book is an exceptional new book, brimming with insights, ideas, tools, and tactics for becoming a successful leader. Written in the parable format of Ken Blanchard's bestselling The One Minute Manager. and Raving Fans, it tells the story of a professor and a minister who school a young ...

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Overview

In today's changing business world, leaders face more challenges than ever before, whether from increased competition, new ways of reaching customers, or motivating people.

Leadership by the Book is an exceptional new book, brimming with insights, ideas, tools, and tactics for becoming a successful leader. Written in the parable format of Ken Blanchard's bestselling The One Minute Manager. and Raving Fans, it tells the story of a professor and a minister who school a young professional in management skills and ethics. Citing Jesus as a source for practical lessons in effective leadership, the authors explore the concept of "servant leadership" and offer simple strategies for bringing vision and values to any organization. Individuals will learn how to:

  • Achieve goals without sacrificing character or faith
  • Inspire and sustain commitment and others to give their best
  • Build teamwork and celebrate successes
  • Find personal passion and meaning in work

Sure to be required reading for managers and employees, Leadership by the Book can also be applied in day-to-day life by parents, coaches, entrepreneurs, and community leaders everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688172398
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 742,114
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.85 (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 June 12, 2001

    Lead by Serving

    This book was given to me as a gift by a minister at my church, who happens to be friends with Ken Blanchard, one of the authors of this book. Seeing as how I am an upwardly mobile young professional, I thought it looked pretty good. This book is both a story and a manifesto, of sorts. Both Ken Blanchard and Bill Hybels appear as characters in the book, as they help a friend of theirs recover his spiritual life while he recovers from a heart attack. During this time, Ken and Bill lay out a plan for building 'Servant Leaders,' a concept that they tutor their friend in. I was unsatisfied by this book. First, it is rather short. The line spacing is too wide, so not enough words are on each page; it's almost a large print edition. Second, they constantly beat the 'servant leader' drum, which is fine and dandy, and something that I fully agree with. However, it ends up reading like an advertisement for the 'Center for Servant Leadership' (or whatever it's called; can't remember right now) that they plan on forming. I am glad I didn't pay $20 just to find out that they are going to put together a center to teach this stuff. Bottom line, I can't recommend this book, at least not for full price. Its concepts have already been covered before, and this book really doesn't add anything new. The story-like prose may work well for some people, however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Serving others is the secret to true Leadership

    This book gets to the heart of leadership, literally! Blanchard et al are right on target suggesting that behavior is not only initiated by the head, but also the heart. Written in a parable sequence, this book provides easy-to-use ideas that can be used by veteran and novice leaders alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Blanchard beyond the One Minute Manager

    Those who have read the now 18-year-old One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson will be able to relate to the principles the author advocates in Leadership by the Book. However, Blanchard definitely goes beyond what most leadership and management books discuss when he gets into a 12-step philosophy of ego-level managing where dependence on a Supreme Being is recognized as essential. He uses Jesus Christ as his model of effective leadership and advocates that leaders take time daily for solitude, prayer, and reading of Scripture in order to keep their lives in balance and remain centered on God instead of seeking power, prestige and recognition as our culture would dictate are the most important. Written in story form, the main character is a successful executive who has a heart attack and only after recovering seeks help again from a former college professor and a minister. All three see the need for some sort of networking and do it here by telephone calls, and also peers with similar values in their own locale. Readers who are Christian and who have seen the value of personal prayer in their lives will find this book quite reinforcing. Those who are not Christian will probably not like it. Some of the parts I liked were its stress on empowering employees who serve customers to solve customer problems without always having to check with their supervisor, and the emphasis on servant leadership, which is what I feel leadership is all about. Leaders are there to serve their employees and keep them motivated and content so that they will give excellent customer service. This book is easy to read, even without seeing the need to embrace the 12-step philosophy. It shows the values of good friends and shared values. I would definitely recommend it to Christians who wish to become more effective leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Lead at a higher level for the 21st Century

    This fabulous book holds all the secrets for anyone to be able to lead a higher level. This is the only way we'll be able to either survive or thrive in the 21st Century. It raises the critical question -- are you a self-serving leader or a servant leader? For those who want to serve, this book provides a clear, easy to understand, and positive road map. A must read for anyone in a leadership position.

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