The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership / Edition 1

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In The Radical Leap, we meet Steve, a leadership consultant who is intrigued and challenged by an enigmatic man named Edg, from whom he learns the concept of LEAP (cultivate Love, generate Energy, inspire Audacity and provide Proof). Steve is asked to help a friend, Janice, overcome a leadership conflict with her new boss at the biotech company where she works. In his effort to locate the charismatic former CEO of the company, Steve is led on a journey that ultimately revitalizes the company after it undergoes a radical and successful leadership transformation. The Radical Leap is an inspirational tale based on author Steve Farber's 14 years of experience in helping people become extreme leaders. An extreme leader, says Farber, is one who is not only unafraid of challenges, but actively seeks them out. Like extreme athletes who thrive on adventure, extreme leaders are willing to take risks while demonstrating high levels of passion, determination, and dedication. Their enthusiasm becomes so infectious that it motivates others who see it in their leaders' actions, not just their words. A business parable that reads like a novel, The Radical Leap is filled with vivid, fully realized, and eccentric characters, crazy plot twists, honest and believable conversations about leadership, and most important, an innovative program for leaders to inspire and engage their companies.
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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Steve Farber, a leadership "evangelist" and a former vice president of The Tom Peters Co., has written a modern parable that begins when he meets a surfer named Edg on a Southern California beach. From there, Edg's leadership lessons propel Farber into a week of adventures and epiphanies where he regains his excitement and passion about leadership. Throughout, he learns about Extreme Leadership, where cultivating love, generating energy, inspiring audacity, and providing proof add up to the "Radical LEAP" a leader must take to improve an enterprise. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
From the Publisher
"The Radical Leap is a leadership parable with an attitude—a playfully told story involving some of the weirdest and wisest characters you'll will ever meet in a business book." —Jim Kouzes, Co-author of The Leadership Challenge

"Every leader needs to hear this message and take it to heart. This is a terrific book." —Patrick Lencioni; Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Awesome! I am an unabashed Farber fan!" —Tom Peters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793185689
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Inc. and the author of four books including Wall Street Journal bestseller Greater Than Yourself and The Radical Edge: Another Personal Journey in Extreme Leadership. Steve lives in San Diego, CA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Tuesday 1
Wednesday 11
Thursday 31
Friday 65
Saturday 101
Sunday 129
Monday 139
Later On 157
The Radical Leap: A Daily Handbook for Extreme Leaders 163
Acknowledgments 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Farber's book is a quick easy-to-read book for the busiest of pe

    Farber's book is a quick easy-to-read book for the busiest of people. LEAP challenges folks to think differently. Once you get to the top level of leadership/management, people think they have "arrived," why? Because they know it all....because have been through all the models and all the scenarios... what more could there be? Farber puts the reader's knowledge and leadership experience in check, challenging the reader to take an introspective approach to a philosophy, to a position...suggesting there is much more to learn, much more to consider and more to practice....LEAP is an authentic approach we can appreciate, yet are we practicing?

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    The business world is ready for an entirely new approach to leadership. Steve Farber has written the perfect book to energize business leaders and help them make the leap into extreme leadership.

    The book I just finished is The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber. This book started out a little slow for me, but at the end of the day I found that I liked it. The book had an interesting twist.

    The tale resonated with me because it demonstrates how a lot of us end up just going through the motions in life. We set ourselves on a path and just continue on it, long after the thrill is gone.

    The book leads you to ask yourself "Do I still even have a passion?" It's not a book for everyone, because the effect is really an internal one. If you read it and take the time to be introspective, the lessons in the book can be very helpful. It may be hard to predict whether the book is going to have real value for any particular individual, because the impact is really based on the reader's response. If you're looking for "how tos" for leadership you're not going to find it in this book.

    Farber's tone is a little sarcastic. He mocks some of the normal business clichés. But, if you've compromised in your business life and strayed from what drives you, this book will probably really hit you. While I read it, I found myself reflecting on what my WHY is: My mission is to make a difference in the lives of leaders. THAT is what drives me, it's what excites me, and it's the reason I do what I do. But, with this book in hand, I had to think about some of the projects I take on and how much they sap my energy and aren't in alignment with my mission. That is something that can make a book worth more than just what's written on the page. It's not information (external data) it's enlightenment (internal work).

    I'd like to recommend this book to anyone who is finding themselves just trudging along, wondering why they aren't energized, excited, or otherwise engaged in what they're doing any more. People follow those who are passionate about what they do. If you've lost your passion, you need to recapture it. Using this book as a jumping-off point to assess your work would be a great gift to give yourself and may just make a difference in your results as a leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    An Unbelievable Parable to be Lived

    I first heard author Steve Farber at a state tourism conference in California in 2002. He noted to the audience that he was formulating a book to share his experiences to date on leadership. I was new to my postion as Executive Director of a visitors bureau and had experienced the 'OS!M' (read the book) of leavng a well paying, secure job to pursue what I knew I loved. After hearing Steve, I found myself starting nearly every public presentation with the words 'I Love My Job' to which I often received the reply 'we can tell.' Now, four years later, I've finally read 'The Radical Leap.' This expression of Steve's 'Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership' is dead on. I live to LEAP and it is gratifying to see my staff and volunteers cultivate love, generate energy, attempt audacious things, and provide proof with tangible results, while creating more OSM!S for their leader on almost a daily basis. My only disappointment (and I have not read Steve's newest release, 'Radical Edge') is that he did not share his ideas about in-the-box, outside-the-box, and what-box thinkers. I have found them most useful in identifying other 'Extreme Leaders' across organizational lines. LEAP on Steve, I may not be your greatest fan but am surely a raving fan. I will undoubtedly re-read 'The Radical Leap' for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Take a leap

    I got this book as a gift, and I must say it was a good one. As a newly elected fraternity president, I was struggling with issues of being already burnt out and discouraged. Thankfully, this book reminded me that all leadership practices must stem from love of one's constituents. Even though the book is written with business professionals in mind, it applies to leaders in all walks of life. I can safely say that this book is responsible for the enormous success of my chapter and my inspiration as its leader. If you want to change the world, you can't afford to not read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    A Good Read!

    This basic, common sense, practical and down-to-earth guide to leadership will delight anyone who has always wondered how to become a leader but never figured out how. Steve Farber, author of this treasury of leadership lore, is the leader who can help you find the leader within you. His parable is full of the kind of characters who delight storytellers, such as the affectionately-limned 22-year-old blonde in a bikini who approaches the author on a beach to ask what he thinks leadership is, or the Zen-like old, grizzled sage of leadership. These characters are designed to inspire you to believe that you, too, can be a leader, no matter how low your self-esteem. Moreover, Farber pushes business writing to the edge (in fact, one of his main characters is named Edg). He even manages to work in quotations from decadent, drunken, insane poet Charles Bukowski, author of such classics as Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read this book and learn to follow the leader to leadership. It turns out that leadership is surprisingly easy once you know how to do it. We believe we are not giving away too much of the ending if we tell you that the author believes 'Love' is the final answer to the question, 'What is leadership?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    Best I've read

    By far this book is not only the best leadership book but the best book period. Steve Farber's insight into Extreme Leadership is simple yet profound. Anyone that is a part of a team should read this book.

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