What's Holding You Back: 10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders [NOOK Book]

Overview

Why do leaders shy away from tough decisions?

The more responsibility a manager has, the more likely it is he or she will face tough decisions. Often, these hard choices determine the difference between success and mediocrity; yet many managers, when faced with tough decisions, crumble. Whether making decisions for a small group, a department, a division, or the whole company, all managers have experienced situations where they know what they need to do, but also know that these...

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What's Holding You Back: 10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders

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Overview

Why do leaders shy away from tough decisions?

The more responsibility a manager has, the more likely it is he or she will face tough decisions. Often, these hard choices determine the difference between success and mediocrity; yet many managers, when faced with tough decisions, crumble. Whether making decisions for a small group, a department, a division, or the whole company, all managers have experienced situations where they know what they need to do, but also know that these steps will be unpopular. They worry there is no ideal option, a lack of data, guaranteed disappointment, or that there is no quick fix—they need a long-term perspective. And they worry that their choices might in fact be dead wrong. They will decide to delay, further analyze, massively compromise, ignore the whole thing, or employ any other tactic to avoid dealing with the situation.

What's Holding You Back? offers leaders and managers (at all levels) the road map they need to confront difficult situations head-on. Robert J. Herbold clearly explains why managers fall victim to very human behaviors, such as avoiding conflict, striving for certainty, avoiding a career risk, a lack of self-confidence, a lack of a sense of urgency, or protecting their turf. Then through illustrative, real-world examples from Microsoft, Porsche, IBM, Merck, Canon, Sony, Whirlpool, IDEO, Tesco, P&G, Target, and 3M, Herbold details the larger consequences of this lack of courage.

What's Holding You Back? spells out the ten core principles of confident leadership. The book also outlines the proven tactics and strategies that managers have used to confront their inner wimp and call upon their inner courage. Step by step Herbold reveals how managers can cultivate and deliver accountable and decisive leadership, even while grappling with the toughest dilemmas.

Operational and innovative excellence can only come with gutsy leadership.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470934081
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 677 KB

Meet the Author

Robert J. Herbold is the managing director of the Herbold Group, LLC, a consulting business focused on profitability, strategic, and operational issues. He serves on the board of directors of Neptune Orient Shipping Lines and of Agilent Technologies. Formerly, Herbold was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corporation. He is the author of The Fiefdom Syndrome and Seduced by Success. He lives in Seattle and Phoenix.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 The Big Issue: Managers Lacking Courage to Make Tough Decisions.

2 Principle I: Devise a Demanding Game Plan to Confront Reality.

3 Principle II: Staff for Success.

4 Principle III: Clean Up the Sloppiness.

5 Principle IV: Institutionalize Tight-Fisted Cost Control.

6 Principle V: Insist on Functional Excellence.

7 Principle VI: Create a Culture of Innovation.

8 Principle VII: Demand Accountability and Decisiveness; Avoid Consensus.

9 Principle VIII: Exploit Inflection Points.

10 Principle IX: Value Ideas from Anywhere.

11 Principle X: Shake Up the Organization.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    A Great Read About Leadership

    I first encountered the author of this book via a guest column on a blog that I regularly read. The content and style of the author's post intrigued me and I decided to buy this book. The Leadership principles in this book are excellent guidelines to keeping your life and career on the right track. Robert J. Herbold has a lot of great advice and he shares it very well. His writing style is as clear and bold as his leadership style. This book is not a cookie-cutter book: it is a thinking-book, the type of book you can refer to again and again for advice. It is now on my "Hot Shelf" - where I keep the books that I use all of the time. I highly recommend that you read this book.

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