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Posted July 4, 2009
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As a corporate director of human resources I was very pleased with the theme and advice given in this book. Following the examples postulated in Good to Great, the authors found and validated an organization not hinging its fate hinges its CEO.
The new global economy and today's widely pendulant swings in fashion, taste and political ideologies, a organization that wishes to be in the race for the long term must be nimble and have the (rare) ability to make the right decisions at the right time.
The creation of a senior leadership team is basically a no-brainer. But as the book stresses, the actual foundation and construction must be carefully considered. As a member of management since the 1970's I can attest that a large portion of these so-called teams fail due to faulty construction and ego issues.
The study of 100+ top teams from around the world does the heavy lifting for us providing a recipe that is clear and compelling for our teams. The segments on sharpening team members' competencies should not be overlooked. In my humble view, this is critical.
As a side note, I would require each new team member to read Jerry Spence's book How to Argue and Win and also Phil Jackson's old tome Sacred Hoops. Both are fantastic books containing many nuggets of teamwork wisdom.
Compelling and relevant, this book will greatly assist you in your goal of creating and maintaining a leadership team that will play a giant role in reaching your company's objectives.
I hope you find this review helpful.
Michael L. Gooch