Team Bush: Leadership Lessons from the Bush White House

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LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY

How the Commander-in-Chief commands

George W. Bush has surprised even his harshest critics with his leadership talents and discipline. As this country's first MBA president, Bush formed his unique leadership style managing businesses, not government offices. Team Bush is the first book to explore these unique methods and tactics he has ...

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Overview

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY

How the Commander-in-Chief commands

George W. Bush has surprised even his harshest critics with his leadership talents and discipline. As this country's first MBA president, Bush formed his unique leadership style managing businesses, not government offices. Team Bush is the first book to explore these unique methods and tactics he has employed to become one of the nation's most popular commanders in chief in recent history.

From "hiring" the most diverse and effective cabinets in history, to dealing with the crisis and war sparked by the events of September 11th, this compelling leadership book takes readers into the mind and methods of America's 43rd president, and shows managers how these methods can be used to boost productivity in their own organizations.

This fast-paced book pulls no punches as it showcases President Bush's successes and strengths while detailing his mistakes and weaknesses. Focusing on the actual events and outcomes of Bush's first two years in office, it discusses:

  • The strategy behind Bush's coup in the mid-term election
  • Lessons learned from his managing of the September 11th crisis
  • How Bush recognizes and learns from his very public mistakes
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Editorial Reviews

Norman J. Ornstein
Management matters, in politics and government as much as in business and commerce. In clear language and a slew of examples, Team Bush concisely dissects the management style that has helped President George W. Bush to sustain his public approval and achieve both political and policy success.
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Steven Kelman
This short book is long on insight, both for government leaders seeking to learn leadership lessons from effective CEOs and for business leaders seeking to learn the same lessons from effective leaders in government.
Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Thomas E. Mann
Kettl provides a lively, insightful and sympathetic distillation of the surprisingly effective leadership style of George W. Bush.
W. Averell Harriman Chair in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Publishers Weekly
Kettl, a University of Wisconsin public affairs professor, aims in this fast, accessible read to uncover "the leadership ideas and methods of America's 43rd president." In the process, he finds George W. Bush's most striking accomplishment to be that he "has consistently exceeded expectations." Kettl describes a president of average intellect with one saving grace: the ability to assemble, unify and lead a highly qualified management team that analyzes complex problems and solutions, thus enabling Bush to make effective decisions. Kettl attributes Bush's team-building skills to his easygoing style; his insistence that his staff be punctual, concise and professionally attired; and his education as "the nation's first MBA president." There are stimulating ideas, such as tips on creating and using political capital, aligning the structure of staff to personal strengths, and crafting and delivering effective messages. As with most lesson books, however, the ideas lose their impact and originality when summarized, e.g., "Develop a plan-and stick to it" and "Don't fight battles you can't win." Kettl draws these lessons almost exclusively from media reportage; while he serves on an advisory panel to the White House's Office of Management and Budget, there's no promise of insider information. Bush's ability to lead is certainly a compelling topic, but perhaps because we are only two years into a presidency filled with controversy and challenge, the book lacks any depth of research or perspective. (On sale Mar. 12) FYI: Wiley published the strikingly similar Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Common Sense Lessons from the Commander-in-Chief in December. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071416337
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Birth of a Commander-in-Chief 1
Ch. 1 The Making of an MBA President 11
Ch. 2 The Bush Leadership Style 23
Ch. 3 The Team Imperative 37
Ch. 4 Bush as Strategist 53
Ch. 5 The Importance of Message 77
Ch. 6 The Disciplined Chief Executive 99
Ch. 7 Leveraging Assets 119
Ch. 8 Avoiding the Seven Deadly Leadership Traps 143
Ch. 9 Winning the Expectations Game 167
The Strength of a Leader 185
Sources and Notes 189
Index 211
Acknowledgments 219
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