Taking Advice: How Leaders Get Good Counsel and Use It Wisely

Taking Advice: How Leaders Get Good Counsel and Use It Wisely

by Dan Ciampa
     
 

Leaders can find plenty of resources explaining how to give advice. But what about how to take advice? According to Dan Ciampa, too many leaders overlook this demand side of advice.

In Taking Advice, Ciampa explains that more outside advisors than ever are offering leaders advice in increasingly costly projects. Yet as advice has become more ubiquitous, leaders

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Overview

Leaders can find plenty of resources explaining how to give advice. But what about how to take advice? According to Dan Ciampa, too many leaders overlook this demand side of advice.

In Taking Advice, Ciampa explains that more outside advisors than ever are offering leaders advice in increasingly costly projects. Yet as advice has become more ubiquitous, leaders have grown less satisfied with it especially when dealing with high-stakes, unfamiliar situations that require assertive action and speed but also wise judgment. Also, leaders too often overlook help from colleagues, board members, subordinates, friends, and spouses.

Good advice bridges the gap between a leader�s vision and realization of that vision. When leaders fail to solicit advice or obtain it from the wrong sources, the leader and his vision suffer. By offering the broadest perspective on advice to date, Ciampa helps you avoid this scenario. He provides a topology of advice (strategic, operational, political, personal) and defines four types of advisors (expert, experienced, sounding board, partner). He also identifies the defining characteristics of effective advice takers illustrating them with a wealth of examples from business, the public sector, and history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591396680
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The help paradox1
2How good leaders fail as advice takers13
3A new framework for advice taking51
4Types of advice : strategic, operational, political, and personal75
5Kinds of advisers : expert, experienced, sounding-board, and partner99
6The art of balance123
7Attitudes and behavior of great advice takers139
8Listening - the master skill - and other key success factors159

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