Power and Persuasion: How to Command Success in Business and Your Personal Life

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“Over these many years of watching Michael devour books on leadership, ask probing questions of all manner of leaders, and write his daily insights, I see now where it has all led—to a magnificent new book on leadership. If you are passionate about becoming a more effective leader, do yourself a favor and read Power and Persuasion.”—Steve Leveen, CEO and Cofounder, Levenger

“Michael Masterson’s new book emphasizes vision and effective communication, and, although unconventional at time, his ideas about leadership...

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Overview

“Over these many years of watching Michael devour books on leadership, ask probing questions of all manner of leaders, and write his daily insights, I see now where it has all led—to a magnificent new book on leadership. If you are passionate about becoming a more effective leader, do yourself a favor and read Power and Persuasion.”—Steve Leveen, CEO and Cofounder, Levenger

“Michael Masterson’s new book emphasizes vision and effective communication, and, although unconventional at time, his ideas about leadership are unassailable and will be more widely employed. I have made it required reading for everyone at Frank McKinney & Company.”—Frank McKinney, bestselling author of Frank McKinney’s Maverick Approach to Real Estate Success and Make It BIG!

“I ghostwrote a book on leadership for which I personally interviewed 100 CEOs, many from big-name Fortune 500 companies and leading national brands. But I learned more about leadership by reading Michael Masterson’s new book Power and Persuasion than I did from all my interviews with those 100 CEOs combined.”—Bob Bly, author of more than 60 books and Director of the Center for Technical Communications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471786771
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: Agora Series , #55
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Masterson has developed a loyal following through his writings in Early to Rise (www.earlytorise.com), an e-newsletter published by Agora that mentors more than 400,000 success-oriented individuals to help them achieve their financial goals. Masterson has been making money for himself or others for almost four decades. In that time, he’s only taken two breaks—each time for two years. The first was after a stint with the Peace Corps where he came to appreciate relative values and the joy of teaching. The second came at age thirty-nine, when he retired from the $100 million-plus business that he and his partner built. Over the course of his remarkably successful business career, Michael’s been involved in the development of dozens of successful businesses, including two that grew beyond $100 million. At one time or another, he’s owned and run companies that were public/private, onshore/overseas, local/international, service-/product-oriented, retail/wholesale/direct mail, and even profit-not-for-profit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE: SO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER.

Chapter One. What You Need (And Don’t) To Be a Good Leader.

Chapter Two. Leading Sometimes Means Following.

Chapter Three. Why News Managers Fail: The Most Common Leadership Pitfalls.

Chapter Four. Thinking “Out of the Box”—What It Really Means.

Chapter Five. Creative V.S. Reactive Leadership.

Chapter Six. Making Difficult Decisions Easy: A 7 Step Plan.

Chapter Seven. Reason Or Gut Instinct, Which Rules? (Separating The Men From the Boys).

Chapter Eight. Are You Too Competitive?

Chapter Nine. Mind Your Manners.

PART TWO: LEAD BY EXAMPLE: SECRETS OF THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS.

Chapter Ten. #1: Coming Up With The Big Idea.
#2: Don’t Wait For Consensus.
#3: Strengthen Your Ideas: The Leap From Contemplation to Testing.
#4: Setting a Goal and Rallying The Troops.
#5: Creating A Plan and Attaching a Deadline.
#6: Following Up.
#7: Create a Culture of Accountability.
#8: Practice Makes Perfect.

Chapter Eleven. How to Get Promoted.

Chapter Twelve. The Power of Delegation.

Chapter 13. Achieve More with a Mentor.

Chapter 14. Make Your Company Better and More Productive Today.

PART THREE: SO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER.

Chapter 15. The Art of Criticism…The Skill of Praise: How Good Leaders Use Both to Their Advantage.

Chapter 16. Three Communication Secrets of Highly Effective Leaders.

Chapter 17. Speak More Powerfully…Leading by Persuasion.

Chapter 18. How to be a Successful Negotiator: Handling Objections and Obstacles Like a Pro.

Chapter 19. Standing Up to Business Bullies The Right Way.

Chapter 20. Asking Questions Like a Born Leader.

PART FOUR: LEADING THE TROOPS DAY BY DAY.

Chapter 21. Improving All of Your Relationships: How to Get People to Like You and Do What You Want.

Chapter 22. Creating Stellar Employees with 5 Training Tips.

Chapter 23. Transform Your Team into a Winning One.

Chapter 24. How to Make Meetings Work The Way You Want Them To.

Chapter 25. The Best Way to Deliver Bad News: When to Write…When to Phone…When to Have Lunch.

Chapter 26. What to do with Problem Employees (And Their Problems).

Chapter 27. How to Fire People Without the Agony).

Chapter 28. The Secret to Getting Everybody (Including The Laggards) to Be More Productive.

Summary.

Recommended Reading.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Another life-changing book from Masterson

    Michael Masterson is a money-making genius and the ideas he presented in Automatic Wealth changed my life. As soon as I heard about the release of Power and Persuasion I ran out and grabbed a copy... and was not disappointed. In P&P, Michael reveals the two universal rules for power and success that the world's most successful people seem to know and the rest of us missed out on. Concise, easy-to-read, and extremely informative, I highly recommend this for anyone looking to improve their personal and professional life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    More Practical Advise for Getting Ahead

    As an avid follower of Michael Masterson's EarlytoRise e-zine, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from Power & Persuasion. What I didn't expect, and what was such a pleasant surprise, was how well the ideas flowed from one to the next. I may have been expecting just cut and pasted excerpts from EarlytoRise, but this book goes way beyond that. The book reads like one cohesive, step-by-step set of directions for assembling a successful career. And, Masterson's written the book so that it doesn't center on just one or two specific areas of employment - but instead centers on the mindset and characteristics that every business person should incorporate to get to the top, of whatever their chosen field is. I'll absolutely continue to follow Masterson's ideas, as they've already proved incredibly successful in my life.

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