The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

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In The Secret, Debbie, a struggling leader finds herself about to lose her job due to poor performance. In a desperate attempt to save her career, she enrolls in a new mentoring program offered by her company. Much to her surprise, Debbie finds her mentor is the president of the company (Jeff Brown). Debbie decides that all she needs is the answer to one question, “What is the secret of great leaders?” She is convinced that if Jeff will tell her, she can apply the secret in her leadership. Over the next 18 months...

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Overview

In The Secret, Debbie, a struggling leader finds herself about to lose her job due to poor performance. In a desperate attempt to save her career, she enrolls in a new mentoring program offered by her company. Much to her surprise, Debbie finds her mentor is the president of the company (Jeff Brown). Debbie decides that all she needs is the answer to one question, “What is the secret of great leaders?” She is convinced that if Jeff will tell her, she can apply the secret in her leadership. Over the next 18 months Jeff explains to Debbie that the secret is rooted in an attitude. He tells her that she must be willing to become a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. The secret is that all great leaders SERVE.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605092683
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 150,064
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Blanchard is founder and chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies and is one of the world's most prominent authors, speakers, and consultants. He is the author or coauthor of more than forty books, including The One Minute Manager®, Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute, Full Steam Ahead!, Whale Done!™, Gung Ho!®, Raving Fans®, Managing by Values, and many others. Ken is also cofounder of the Lead Like Jesus ministries.

Mark Miller began writing about a decade ago when he teamed up with Ken Blanchard on the first edition of The Secret. Since then, his books have sold almost 600,000 copies worldwide. His blog on GreatLeadersServe.org is rated as one of the top leadership blogs in the world and has garnered almost 2 million page views since its inception less than two years ago. Miller also sells chicken. He started his Chick-fil-A career working as an hourly team member and today serves as the vice president for organizational effectiveness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Terrific Inspiration

    Great Leaders are great service people- the idea of the leadership through service is hard for many managers to understand. Once people realize the goal is to lead not to manage people. Once again Blanchard stirs the mind and touches the heart of the matter and the reader.

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

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    Inspirational treatise on leadership

    With more than 20 million copies of his books in print, One-Minute Manager author Ken Blanchard is one of the world's most popular business authors. You will immediately understand why after you read this inspirational business novel that he wrote with Mark Miller, training and development vice president of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain. They tell the fictional, motivational story of Debbie Brewster, a newly appointed manager of corporate client services for a division of her company. As the narrative opens, Brewster is down for the count and sprawled out on the canvas. Her business unit is the company's worst and she's failing miserably as a leader. She worries that she will lose her job, but the firm's president becomes her mentor and gives her a crash course on leadership. He's a savvy leader and she is an apt pupil. He walks her through the "SERVE" leadership model and brings the reader along. You'll feel the uplift as the book closes with Brewster's staff cheering her as she moves up to a new executive position. getAbstract warmly recommends this short, nicely written parable on the meaning of leadership.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommended for all leaders

    This book was suggested to me by a well-respected female leader at my company who I have come to really admire. She stated that it would be a quick and easy read and that it was. I now know The Secret and will recommend this book as well as the SERVE philosophy to anyone else aspiring to be a great leader.

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    Posted May 4, 2011

    Great information!

    WONDERFUL READING !

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