Leadership Isn't For Cowards: How to Drive Performance by Challenging People and Confronting Problems

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"Staver delivers practical and useful leadership advice that is profoundly helpful and thoroughly entertaining. His storytelling and ability to blend concise and actionable techniques to challenging situations help the reader connect immediately."
—BRUCE KLEIN, Senior VP U.S. Public Sector Theater, Cisco Systems

"This book will get you out of the weeds and cause you to step back and look at the big picture of your leadership style. It will...

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Overview

Praise for Leadership Isn't for Cowards

"Staver delivers practical and useful leadership advice that is profoundly helpful and thoroughly entertaining. His storytelling and ability to blend concise and actionable techniques to challenging situations help the reader connect immediately."
—BRUCE KLEIN, Senior VP U.S. Public Sector Theater, Cisco Systems

"This book will get you out of the weeds and cause you to step back and look at the big picture of your leadership style. It will increase your self-awareness of how others are truly reacting to your behavior. Most importantly, it will provide you with an action plan to make a difference in others' lives and build powerful loyalty that results in positive business outcomes and lasting relationships."
—PAM O'CONNOR, President and CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

"Once again, Mike Staver has taken us to a unique place in the practice of management and leadership. Over the years, Mike has been able to get to the exact heart of every issue that he explores in his speeches and writings. He brings a unique perspective to issues like customer service, company focus, and numerous other topics. With his new book, Leadership Isn't for Cowards, he drives home the unique concept that managers/leaders are 'messing with people's lives.' I found that to be an interesting yet sobering thought. It has caused me to realize that it is not appropriate to try to lead by the seat of my pants. It takes a lot more thought and preparation. This new book contains some great tools to help me get the job done better."
—LARRY R. STEVENS, President and CEO, Med One Capital Inc.

"Mike Staver has an uncanny ability to get in your head and read your thoughts as a leader. He challenges you to look at who you are, who you THINK you are, and who you want to be. This book pushes you to have the courage to be an impactful and successful leader, while focusing on the 'must haves' in business AND the 'should haves.' This book can be career-changing to those leaders open to growth."
—CASI DiLEVA, Vice President, Licensed Banker, and Insurance Program Manager, UnionBanc Investment Services

"Leadership Isn't for Cowards puts leadership in the right perspective. The introduction about leadership is spot on and concurs with my experience. The book has forced me to answer important questions and to make subtle changes in my approach as a leader. I highly recommend you read this book regardless of whether you are in a leadership role or not. I found it enlightening as well as entertaining."
—HEINZ RUCH, President and CEO, Amplifon USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118176832
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 160,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MIKE STAVER is CEO of The Staver Group and provides keynote presentations, executive coaching, consulting, and workshops. His clients have included Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Cisco Systems Inc., Amplifon USA, Med One Capital, Inc., UnionBanc Investment Services, FOCUS Brands, U.S. Department of Defense, Allstate Financial Services, National Association of REALTORS, Mayo Clinic, and more. His work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Washington Post, Fox News Channel, USA Today, and T+D magazine.

For more information, please visit www.thestavergroup.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Section 1 YOU ARE MESSING WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES 1

Chapter 1 Do You Know What You Are Doing? 3

Chapter 2 How Much of an Impact Are You Really Having? 7

Chapter 3 Are You a Coward? 11

Chapter 4 Is Culture Overrated? 17

ATTACK 23

Section 2 ACCEPT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES 25

Chapter 5 How Great Is Denial? 27

Chapter 6 What Are You Pretending Not to Know? 33

Chapter 7 Are You Honest? 37

Chapter 8 What Is Real? 43

Chapter 9 Where Is Your Focus? 47

Section 3 TAKE ACTION 51

Chapter 10 Are You Good at Analyzing? 53

Chapter 11 When Are You Ready? 59

Chapter 12 How Present Are You? 65

Chapter 13 Do You Remember a Time when You Hesitated and Lost? 71

Chapter 14 Are You In, or Aren't You? 77

Section 4 TAKE RESPONSIBILITY 83

Chapter 15 Want to Responsibly Scare Some People? 85

Chapter 16 How Much Blame Can You Take? 91

Chapter 17 What Difference Do You Make? 97

Chapter 18 What Kinds of Responsibility Are You Taking? 101

Chapter 19 Are You Truly Free? 107

Section 5 ACKNOWLEDGE PROGRESS 113

Chapter 20 How Goal-Driven Are You? 115

Chapter 21 Are You Too Harsh? 121

Chapter 22 Are You an Over-Recognizer? 127

Chapter 23 What, When, and How? 133

Chapter 24 Are You about Effort or Achievement? 139

Section 6 COMMIT TO NEW HABITS 143

Chapter 25 Just How Much Accountability Can One Person Stand? 145

Chapter 26 Do You Need to Be Committed? 151

Chapter 27 Just How Different Are You? 157

Chapter 28 What's That Weight on Your Back? 163

Section 7 KINDLE 169

Chapter 29 Is It Really Just an e-Reader? 171

Chapter 30 How Are You Feeling? 175

Chapter 31 Did You Seriously Think That Would Work? 181

Chapter 32 Do You Ever Notice? 187

Chapter 33 Ever Given Birth? 193

Section 8 NOW WHAT? 199

Chapter 34 Do You Want To? 201

Chapter 35 Are You Willing? 207

Chapter 36 Can You Please Just Get On With It? 211

Index 215

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Calling All Leaders - A Must Read!

    Mike's "No Nonsense" approach to leadership is applicable whether you are leading a department, company, or a family. He gets to the core of what you are doing right, wrong, and why! You will want to start improving your leadership game immediately. Thank you Mike for the wake-up call!

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