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LION TAMING: Working Successfully with Leaders Bosses, and Other Tough Customers is able to bring the metaphor of being a lion tamer to life in a way no other book does because the author interviewed real lion tamers, watched them train and work, and blended their secrets and strategies with countless parallel experiences and stories from people across society and the workplace.

The book contains more than 75 Secrets of the Lion Tamers, quotes from many of the men and women whose workplace has been inside ...

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Overview

LION TAMING: Working Successfully with Leaders Bosses, and Other Tough Customers is able to bring the metaphor of being a lion tamer to life in a way no other book does because the author interviewed real lion tamers, watched them train and work, and blended their secrets and strategies with countless parallel experiences and stories from people across society and the workplace.

The book contains more than 75 Secrets of the Lion Tamers, quotes from many of the men and women whose workplace has been inside the steel-caged arena, such as:

·         “Lions are never tame, it takes strategies to deal with that”

·         “Lions always have your full attention but it is hard to hold their attention”

·         “Courage that is self-conscious betrays great fear!”

 

Every chapter concludes with specific take-aways called The Lion’s Tale that summarize each chapter and provide tips and strategies to step inside the lion tamer’s shoes!

Lion taming is everyone’s real job, and this book finally tells us how to do it!

Why is LION TAMING important?

LION TAMING: Working Successfully with Leaders Bosses, and Other Tough Customers is the first book to recognize that everyone’s real job includes the need to understand the people who wield power and influence and have strategies at their fingertips to communicate and work more effectively with them. It does so through the use of a metaphor that is already in people’s minds. Lion taming is an identity and a role that you can step into whatever your actual job, position, title, or occupation may be. From executive assistant to CEO - there is always a bigger lion.

Most books that explain leadership, management, and organizations are written with the goal of having the top executives identify with the story and tell everyone around them to read the book. LION TAMING is the book everyone else will read but they won’t tell the boss they are reading it!

LION TAMING: Working Successfully with Leaders Bosses, and Other Tough Customers uses both the metaphor of being a lion and of being a lion tamer to enable readers to read their own experiences into the book and create a strategy that fits their own personality and position. Being a lion is personal in a way that makes people in the workplace unique in the eyes of others—and so is being a lion tamer!

 

How will LION TAMING benefit its readers/affect their lives?

·         Establish your own presence, authenticity, and credibility in the eyes of leaders, bosses, and other tough customers

·         Learn to identify the lions all around you, and separate the good ones from the bad ones.

·         Get inside the lion’s skull by learning these tools:

o The Lion’s Four Senses

o The Lion’s Instinctive Identity

·         Understand that lions in the work place live in two social worlds: o The hierarchy—the world in which they establish they are a lion o The pride or organization that supports and enables their role as a lion * Learn that if  you compete with or threaten the lions in your office, they will assume you are challenging their place in the hierarchy. But if you show that you are supporting their status, role, and objectives, you can be a very influential member of the pride or organization!

·         Lion Taming contains more than 75 secrets of the lions tamers

·         Lion Taming contains specific strategies that come directly from the methods that real lion tamers use to:

·         Enable lion tamers and lions to adjust to each other

·         Approach the lions so the lions will approach you

·         Close the gap between attention getting and attention using—and do it on cue!

·         Lion Taming Is Really Lion Teaming: Spark the kind of communication and behavior with the people who are the lions and others around you by using the golden nugget of lion taming wisdom: by building rapport, trust, confidence, and respect, Lion Taming Is Really Lion Teaming!

 

 

About the Author:


Steven L. Katz, has worked for more than twenty years as a right-hand executive and senior advisor to leaders and executives across the worlds of business, politics, government and  non-profit organizations.  From Capitol Hill and the White House to boardrooms, clients, and customers, the author has developed the art of lion taming and added it to the lexicon of the workplace. Steven L. Katz has degrees in anthropology, history, and law. He lives with his family outside Washington, D.C.

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Katz, formerly adviser to four U.S. senators and a staffer in the Clinton White House, has seen his share of "lions" in the government and Fortune 500 companies. These people, he maintains, are the ones who make everyone miserable because they rule their own "jungles" and play by their own rules. Since these lions will not alter their behavior patterns, it is up to their colleagues to learn essential office "taming" techniques: "The lion establishes the territory, but the lion tamer... must maximize the display of the lion's strengths, while managing the risks associated with their possible weaknesses," explains Katz. The author uses anecdotes about business lions along with techniques from both the corporate world and that of actual lion tamers. Rather than fighting the lion in the office, people must learn various strategies to keep the lion happy. These techniques include continually providing a stream of information to the lion, showing off their skills in public so the lion sees their strengths and helping the lion to feel comfortable in the office. Although the author clearly explains his approach to difficult corporate types and some of his strategies seem quite sound, this is a tough book to follow. The jargon related to lion taming slows the reader and sometimes overwhelms the practical advice. Even so, employees who are comfortable with business profiles and management theory may benefit from some of Katz's techniques. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
If you feel like you need a whip and a chair to work effectively with your boss, client or customers, the techniques of real lion tamers can help you achieve better results. Lions are the people in all organizations who wield power and influence, and they are roaming freely in our lives. They act differently because they think differently. But they don't have to be difficult to work with!

Lions are the people all around us with power, responsibility, authority and talent - as well as the people who may simply be preoccupied with gaining more power and authority. They can be leaders, bosses, executives, professionals, managers, owners, partners, boards of directors, elected and appointed officials, colleagues, customers, clients and employees. Lions roam freely everywhere, across all occupations and professions - throughout life. Following the lions in the workplace in order to find out how to act, and as importantly when to act, leads to a twisting trail.

According to Steven L. Katz, a right-hand executive and senior adviser to leaders and executives across the worlds of business, politics, government and nonprofit organizations, lions are never tame, and you need strategies to deal with that. Katz explains that lion taming is really lion teaming, and helps you get inside the minds of the lions in your life to communicate and work more effectively together.

Many lions look to seize the advantage, even if it is by taking many small unobtrusive steps closer to power over a long period of time. They will patiently plan, wait and make their move. Lions thrive on whatever they get, whether it is information, intelligence, compensation, authority, territory, budget, head count or recognition. We need people who are good at being lions. We need them to use their persona to lead in a new direction; face challenges head on; expand the territory; and put their strength, power or position to use.

Lions at Work Are a Different Species
Of all the realities that must frame your outlook as a lion tamer in the workplace, it is that you are dealing with lions. As one executive who spent 25 years working his way to the top of his company observed about the company president, "He's a different species, and that's how I treat him."

You need to feel that you are a lion tamer before you walk into the equivalent of the steel-caged arena at work. As one astute lion tamer observed, "I know that I am about to enter a cage full of lions, and I think carefully about it before, during and after I go in." You need to be in possession of the self-image and strategies that put you on top of the situation as both a participant and an observer.

Lions in the wild and the workplace share four important traits:

  1. Lions need to be dominant and be secure in the feeling that they are dominant.
  2. Lions need to control territory and know when and how to preserve, protect and expand it.
  3. Lions need to know where they stand in the social hierarchy.
  4. Lions are fine-tuned to any potential threat to their survival.


Lions in the workplace are always highly aware of the people they encounter and the environment that surrounds them, and they see through any organizational framework to compete for a place in the hierarchy.

Hierarchies are particularly prominent in both the social lives of lions and the social order of the workplace, and have deep and often invisible effects on everyone. Lions often make the effort to operate beyond their existing terrain. But when they do, it is not to interact with just anyone - it is to satisfy their impulse to know where they stand as a lion.

The lion tamer is looking for the opportunity to work with the lions in ways that are proactive and productive, not reactive and perhaps disruptive. People who recognize this also know that stepping into the shoes of the lion tamer is something that they do well. Copyright © 2005 Soundview Executive Book Summaries


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402202179
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Part 1 Lions Are Never Tame
Chapter 1 Lions Are Never Tame 3
Chapter 2 Getting Inside the Lion's "Skull" 25
Chapter 3 The Top of the Food Chain 53
Chapter 4 Bringing Out the Lion Tamer in You 71
Part 2 The Art of Lion Taming
Chapter 5 The Art of Lion Taming 85
Chapter 6 Courage, the Whip, and the Chair 111
Chapter 7 The Lion's Pedestal 137
Chapter 8 Sticking Your Head in the Lion's Mouth 161
Chapter 9 Lion Taming in Action 181
Part 3 Lion Taming Is Really Lion Teaming
Chapter 10 Lion Taming Is Really Lion Teaming 191
Chapter 11 Bringing Out the Lion Teamer in You! 211
Chapter 12 Performing in the Center Ring 225
Chapter 13 Building the Lion Team 245
Conclusion: Take Your Bow 271
References 275
Notes 277
Summary of Secrets of the Lion Tamers 283
Index 287
About the Author 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    What They Didn't Teach Me In Business School & On The Job

    This book was fun to read and it was a fast read! I was never taught the kinds of things this book talks about when I was in business school; I¿ve never before read any books or articles about these things (and I¿ve read a lot on management); none of my mentors talked to me about these things; and I didn¿t learn these things on the job on my own. But at least once in every chapter, the following thought went through my mind: ¿Wow! I never noticed that before, but it seems rather obvious now that it¿s been pointed out.¿ The metaphor of lion taming has made it really easy for me to organize my thoughts about my relationships with bosses and other people who have authority relationships with me, and I think the lion taming metaphor will make it easier for me to actually use what I¿ve learned, and to use it fast and powerfully on my feet (or should I say in the arena?). Where was this book 15 years ago when I had more bosses than I could count!?!?

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