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Posted August 16, 2013
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In today's global environment the demands on leaders continue to change and often in more complex and challenging ways. Quality leadership and management skills can only be improved and strengthened through continued learning and experience. Perry Smith and Jeff Foley offer a wealth of varied experiences from their life long careers in leadership and management. Their writing skills in Rules & Tools for Leaders allow the reader to clearly and succinctly navigate through difficult issues in a manner that is easy to assimilate and understand. The checklists provided are extremely helpful for periodic review. The revised 4th edition includes the chapter " Managing The Electronic World", which provides a great resource for learning how to optimize the use of electronic devices, making them beneficial and not detrimental.
Posted August 7, 2013
This book begins with the key leadership foundations of self awareness and character. From there the book provides the leadership blueprints for both leading people and organizations in an easily accessible format. The book is well researched and is filled with lessons learned in the real world from both successes and adversity.
I have been a senior leader, consultant and educator. Rules and Tools is a book I always recommend for people newly promoted into leadership positions because it provides a complete map of the territory leaders need to be familiar with in order create healthy organizations.
I highly recommend this book. I have used it and General Smith in senior leadership programs for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Heath and Human Services with excellent results. You cannot go wrong buying and using this book.