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Author Biography: Dick Lyles, Ph.D., is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He has been an active speaker and management consultant with an international clientele for more than twenty years. His clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies, among them Exxon and Hughes Aircraft, as well as government agencies at all levels around the world.
Winning Traits for Today's Workplace
by Dick Lyles
As we race further into the knowledge age, two major changes are affecting organizations throughout the world. First is that organizations are becoming flatter and more networked. Second is that the hierarchies of authority are becoming increasingly more invisible. The type of networking that is occurring in organizations is one step beyond mere computer networking for the transfer of information. Rather, it is the networking of human energy, combining in synergistic ways across a myriad of different relationships, to produce economic results. More and more, the results that are produced by organizations are a by-product of personal influence rather than positional power. The authoritarian hierarchies that served us well in the industrial era are inadequate to meet our needs today. Thus the leadership and influence styles that served us well when operating under those structures are also becoming the tools and approaches of a bygone era.
Members of today's workforce are generally well equipped to communicate effectively in an information-networked world using the computers they grew up with. The difficult part comes when those individuals must use the same information to drive results in organizations via people-driven processes. This is especially difficult in organizations where those processes require productive interaction with large numbers of individuals and groups of people in a wide variety of contexts. In these types of settings, hierarchical or position power has almost no value in driving everyday results. Personalpower is everything. But it must be positive personal power. It must be the kind of power that not only drives results, but also provides a solid foundation for long-term, productive human relationships.
My primary purpose in writing Winning Ways was to offer people simple strategies to overcome this difficult process—strategies that would empower them to be able to work effectively with others today and in the future. But they are also strategies that can be applied in the absence of formal authority. Because of my role as president and chief operating officer for the Ken Blanchard Companies, I am reminded daily of these changing organizational and personal needs. The clients for whom we provide consulting and training services are some of the largest, best, and most successful companies in the world. All of them are experiencing the changes I've described above.
The four secrets in Winning Ways are actually four strategies that emerged from my extensive work as an organizational consultant, a problem-solving consultant, and a top executive in numerous companies. These secrets have been learned theoretically, and have proven themselves to me through my real-world experiences, both personal and professional.
I think you'll enjoy and appreciate the book's lively and vibrant parable format. Not only does it provide you with a good, enjoyable story line, but the parable will also enable you to remember the messages longer and apply them more effectively.
My fervent hope is that the strategies in Winning Ways will bring as much fulfillment and success to the book's readers as they have brought to me during my career. Winning-best wishes to you all.
Dick Lyles, Ph.D., is president and chief operating officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He has been an active speaker and management consultant with an international clientele for more than 20 years. His clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies, among them Exxon and Hughes Aircraft, as well as government agencies at all levels around the world.
Posted May 2, 2000
Normally, I bypass these types of 'business' books. They usually offer minimal content that is better suited for a short article in a popular magazine. Certainly not worth more than a couple of bucks. But I am glad I 'caved' into a friend who told me about Winning Ways. It is the rare exception in an otherwise overrated genre of superficial, flavor of the month, 'must-buy' business texts. Winning Ways deftly and vividly explains four secrets to getting along effectively with others so that the individual and the organization win. It has lessons that go far beyond business--to life in general. How to make the most of life period. Sure, respecting others, building others' self esteem, collaborating, and focusing on results for the future are all things we've heard before. But, this story brings them to life--quickly and in a very entertaining way. It has helped me to refocus and change my attitiude. The beauty of this book is that everyone can apply its simple concepts immediately and get remarkable results. The headaches it has prevented and the stress it has eliminated have helped me look forward to working with my boss and team. Count me in the 20% of the workforce who actually likes his job--now. I haven't felt this alive at work in years. I feel like a winner. It was worth the one hour I invested in reading it. If you only read one book this year, give this one strong consideration.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2000
This is an exceptional book! How I wish I'd had it in my pocket when I entered the Navy as an ensign. Albert reminds me of naval officers I have known (myself included) who struggled, as does Albert, with building effective teams and being a team player. This book, with its simple but profound concepts, should be required reading (and using) by all military leaders, officer and enlisted, as well as by civilian managers. 'Winning Ways' is well written, easy (and fun) to read, and the concepts are presented so artfully that the 'aha's' lead to 'wow's'. I think this book should be introduced into the leadership curriculums of the military academies, NCO and Petty Officer leadersWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2000
What a gem! Winning Ways will appeal to seniors and juniors alike. By weaving lessons into a story Dick Lyles has been able to teach important concepts painlessly. This is a winner, and I have ordered copies for leaders and those who will become leaders in the future. I highly recommend Winning Ways.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2000
Once in a great, great while does a book have such special magic and ring so true, that it is destined to be a classic. Although this charming and informing parable is about a character named Albert who has trouble getting along with others, anyone who reads it with an open and reflective mind will find at something in it for themselves. And what they will find will help them to be more charismatic, more influential in a very positive way, and much more powerful in their dealings with others. This is just a great, great, book that made me look up and just say, 'right on' after I read it. Then two things happened. I immediately started reading it again, and I quickly thought of three other people with whom I wanted to share this incredible wisdom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2000
As a management consultant, trainer, and psychotherapist for almost three decades I always love to find things that are simple and work.I think that Dick Lyles has come up with a home run. Storytelling has long been the way children and grown-ups learn best. Few books give the tools to change that are as equally relevant to kids as they are to grown ups. This book will help to transform all into effective winners. SPORTS STARS: 'BUY THIS BOOK AND GIFT THEM TO TEAMS OF YOUNGSTERS GIVING THEM A LEG UP ON EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MAKE A TEAM WORK.' PARENTS: LEARN THE SECRETS WELL ENOUGH TO MODEL THEM FOR YOUR KIDS. FOR ALL THE REST OF YOU ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL BOOK. Cathy Conheim psychotherapist, San Diego CAWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
The brilliant Albert graduated early from the University of Michigan. United Global Advance Technologies quickly hires the genius. However, though his mind may match is namesake, his personality leaves much to be desired. Albert is very efficient, but is ineffective as he fails to work well with peers or in a group because he feels intellectually superior and rejects the notion that others might have excellent ideas. Instead he runs over his colleagues who resent his narrow focus that often times ignores part of the process. <P>Albert¿s boss knows that her superstar is not achieving what he is capable of doing because of his anti-social behavior. Albert needs to be more than just the lone ranger. He needs to be a team player and ultimately leader who appreciates diversity and varying opinions to attain a win-win environment. His boss sends Albert back to his alma mater to spend time with the highly regarded football team that has sent many stars to the NFL. There he learns from the coach about the WINNING WAYS of the Wolverines through 4 SECRETS FOR GETTING BETTER RESULTS BY WORKING WELL WITH PEOPLE. <P>Although this book is written as a fiction, it actually is an entertaining self-help guide to improve relational skills. The book focuses on helping loners work with their teammates in a more cooperative environment. Author Dick Lyles keeps his advice simple while explaining how to escape the paradigm of the lone wolf. WINNING WAYS is a winner filled with a common sense approach to better organizational effectiveness. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.