Looking Down on Leaders: A Bird's Eye View of Business and Bosses

Looking Down on Leaders: A Bird's Eye View of Business and Bosses

by Iain J. Martin
     
 
The new C-Suite Bible!

IF you're looking for leadership learning...the light-hearted way, IF you've read enough earnest business books and guru formulae for success, then this easy-read C-Suite Bible is for you!

'Looking down on Leaders' is a jargon-free collection of 'pick-up, put-down' short stories, combining serious messages and advice with a touch of humour

Overview

The new C-Suite Bible!

IF you're looking for leadership learning...the light-hearted way, IF you've read enough earnest business books and guru formulae for success, then this easy-read C-Suite Bible is for you!

'Looking down on Leaders' is a jargon-free collection of 'pick-up, put-down' short stories, combining serious messages and advice with a touch of humour. The author draws on his own senior executive and coaching experiences to guide and entertain his fellow pilgrims on their tortuous leadership journeys around the globe.

Fresh new 'bird's eye' views on organizations are showcased, through the lens of Iain Martin's alter ego, the wise MacMentor, in chapters such as 'The Upside-down Organisation Chart and Wobbly Bottoms'. In stories like 'Burger Bradley's Foreign Adventure' and 'Cancel the Meeting - I forgot my Wedding', Martin narrates stranger-than-fiction events from his long and winding travels along his own multinational career path.

This is no standard leadership textbook or coaching manual. It's true 'learning by laughing' in a host of colorful tales united by the vital roles that Vision and Influencing play in today's complicated business world. In each story, Martin draws on his long experiences as businessman and leadership coach in Europe, USA and Asia.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-24
An executive coach by trade, Martin, in his debut, takes a look at the lighter side of leadership.As Martin explains in the first chapter, busy executives and business leaders don't have time to plow through yet another dense academic tome about how to succeed as a coach or leader. Instead, Martin chooses to teach by storytelling. The book is a collection of strange-but-true tales collected during his years as an accountant, a manager and finally as an executive coach. While the names may have been changed to protect the guilty, the stories are, for the most part, too bizarre to be fictional. There's Alfred Wang, the CFO who called to cancel a meeting because he'd just remembered he was getting married that day; Stefan the Spreadsheet King, who was bogging down a crucial labor negotiation, until the police arrived to arrest him for failing to pay alimony, car insurance and speeding fines; and Charlotte, whose passionate affair with a co-worker tanked her career when she emailed him a love letter and accidentally sent it to the entire company. Not meant merely as entertainment, the stories come packaged with a few words of wisdom for any executive. For example, Charlotte's story emphasizes the importance of double checking every business email before hitting send. In Alfred's case, he was a resident of Hong Kong, where marriage tends to include so many wedding ceremonies that forgetting one is a distinct possibility. Martin uses this anecdote as an example of what can happen when different cultures clash and there's a lack of understanding on one or both sides. In each chapter, the parables provide a clear, and usually amusing, example of the business realities Martin is trying to impart. His nonlinear approach results in a book that can be picked up and put down and read in bits and pieces without losing any of the material's benefits. As Martin puts it, "[R]eal leadership is much more of an art than a science....This book is just a gentle ramble through the buzzing, steamy global business jungle."An entertaining romp through corporate life that covers pithy truths in a sugar coating of funny, memorable anecdotes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781490544052
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/18/2014
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Iain Martin has sat in the CEO Hot Seat! He's been there and done it. He's laughed and he's cried...and now he's written The Book about it.

In his forty five years of global business as people-leader, chief executive and C-Suite coach, Martin has enjoyed some hilarious experiences and some where the truth really was stranger than fiction. Now, he's bundled it all together in a book designed for 'learning by laughing', aimed at busy fellow travelers on the road to business excellence.

In 'Looking Down on Leaders - a bird's eye view of business and bosses' Martin captures the essence of global management in the same humorous, informative style that he has brought to his roles of chief executive and coach to senior business people. A writer of offbeat leadership articles, like 'Laughing Out Loud for Leadership' and 'Bigger Bombs and Leadership in the Global 'Hollow Cube'', Martin is a regular conference speaker in Europe, USA and Asia.

A political economist and accountant by training, Martin rose through the ranks of business development and financial management to be controller, CFO, non-executive director, and CEO in large US, European, and Asian corporations, all before age forty-five.

He left China in early 1998 to found his high-end coaching firm in Switzerland and, in 2011, established a sister company in Singapore. He now leads a team of coaches based in three continents.

Iain Martin lives with his long-suffering Swiss partner in Zurich and commutes regularly between Switzerland, USA and Asia. He skis (badly, but enthusiastically) in the Swiss Alps, plays at tennis and is a compulsive reader of everything from serious business books to the back of the breakfast cornflake packet. He is an active member of the exclusive GlobalScots organization, personally appointed by the First Minister as Ambassadors for Scotland.

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