More Power, More Purpose, and More Success for Managers
Have you ever been maligned, misunderstood, downsized, reengineered, reorganized, or even misled? Even in the best organizations, you face brutal competition, non-stop pressure, and relentless change.
Ignited reveals the gathering forces that will offer you unprecedented opportunities to reshape your career and organization. It outlines clear, realistic steps for leveraging your networks and resources to transform your vision into reality, and accomplish powerful goals only you can achieve. This is not another diatribe on leadership or grand strategic vision written by those already at the top: the Jack Welches or Rudy Giulianis who can simply dictate their visions to the organization. Ignited is for those leading from the middle: managers who need real tools to make a real difference. If you’re ready to take back your business, your career, and your life, Ignited is for you.
- Learn how to lead in a limited space
- Power up your network, expand your influence
- Overcome the traps of time, powerlessness, and negative emotions
- Drive meaningful strategic change across your company and industry
- Harness the power of seven key ignition points for achieving your highest purpose
- Accomplish the powerful goals you’re uniquely positioned to achieve
- Master the new roles of linkmaker, process master, pilot, healer, bard, scout, and translator
- Connect your personal passions with your company’s goals
- Master a system for selling your vision, and succeeding with the projects you’re most passionate about
- Live your best life, not just your company’s
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About the Author
VINCE THOMPSON, principal at Middleshift Consulting, works with Internet companies to design world-class online marketing solutions and build sales organizations empowering those in the middle. His clients include Napster, StarStyle.com, and Break.com.
Thompson has spent 15 years as a middle manager leading teams in challenging industries and hotbeds for learning: first in restaurants, then in television, and now in the Internet business. He spent seven years as Regional Vice President of Sales for America Online. There, he designed AOL’s sales training organization, managed teams in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dulles, VA; and served as Regional Vice President of AOL’s Southwestern Region, where his teams led AOL's West Coast Entertainment and Auto relationships.
He is a featured online expert in the Quantum Sales Training Series, has spoken widely on online advertising, and has contributed to the Iowa Press textbook Media Selling.
Thompson holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two daughters.
To learn more about Vince Thompson and the community of Ignited managers, visit www.BeIgnited.com.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION: LIVING IN QUAKE COUNTRY 1
BASE CAMP: THE IGNITED QUIZ 13
Part I GET MORE POWER
1 ACTION WITH TRACTION 19
2 THE MANAGER’S UNIVERSE 39
3 LEADERSHIP IN LIMITED SPACE 57
4 MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS 79
5 THE DEADLY LACK OF EMPOWERMENT TRAP 97
Part II GET MORE PURPOSE
6 IGNITION POINT 1: THE PROCESS 117
7 IGNITION POINT 2: THE PEOPLE 137
8 IGNITION POINT 3: THE MESSAGE 153
9 IGNITION POINT 4: THE LANDSCAPE 167
10 IGNITION POINT 5: THE STRATEGY 187
11 IGNITON POINT 6: THE STORY 207
12 IGNITION POINT 7: THE SPIRIT 227
Part III GET MORE SUCCESS
13 SELLING FROM THE FULCRUM 247
14 YOUR OWN SENSE OF BALANCE 271