The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today

The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today

by Ken Blanchard, Marc Muchnick

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In the bestselling tradition of Whale Done! and The One Minute Manager, their entertaining and inspiring new book is a parable about the competition between two leaders with totally different management styles—a story that reveals the ingredients of truly effective leadership.

How can you become a more successful manager, a stronger team leader, and a motivator who gets the best results from a group? Ken Blanchard and Marc Muchnick's The Leadership Pill provides the answer.

Consider this tantalizing possibility: What if there were a pill that could actually stimulate the natural powers of the mind and body to provide leadership? In the story, an amazing new pill heightens one leader's powers, but contains the wrong ingredients, stimulating him in an obsessive and shortsighted direction with disastrous results. In contrast, the Effective Leader, working without a pill, proclaims that "only through sustainability can our teams remain motivated and successful." An inspiring and supportive leader, he supplies the right ingredients, earning his team's respect and trust with a blend of integrity, partnership, and affirmation. The hard-won result is a highly motivated team producing consistent top performance and genuine success. Ultimately it is recognized that "leadership for a lifetime" is much easier to digest than a pill for leaders looking for a quick fix.

Destined to be a transforming experience for countless readers, The Leadership Pill shows business managers at any level how to apply the right techniques for getting both results and the commitment of their people, even when the pressure to perform is high.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743262002
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 09/08/2003
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 572,179
File size: 152 KB

About the Author

Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer and chairman of the board of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a worldwide training and development firm. He is the author of a dozen bestselling books -- including the blockbuster international bestseller The One Minute Manager and the giant business bestsellers Whale Done!, Raving Fans, and Gung Ho! -- which have combined sales of more than thirteen million copies in more than twenty-five languages. Few people have had a more positive and lasting impact on the day-to-day management of people and companies than Ken Blanchard. He and his wife Margie live in San Diego and work with their son Scott, daughter Debbie, and her husband Humberto Medina.

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Today's workforce is more sophisticated, diverse, and informed than ever before. As a result, the "my way or the highway" command-and-control approach to management doesn't cut it anymore. Ultimately, people are looking for something different -- and better -- in organizational leadership. They demand leaders who not only get results, but who win the trust and respect of their teams.

The Leadership Pill is a fun parable that underscores the need for leaders to show integrity, build a culture of partnership, and affirm people's sense of self-worth by letting them know that what they do is important. Our belief is that when you tune in to what people really want, you can outperform anyone -- even someone who thinks they have found the perfect Leadership Pill.

We hope you will read this book to discover what it really takes to become an Effective Leader, and then perhaps share it with others who will benefit from the powerful message and learning points it contains. Remember, leadership is not something you do to people, it's something you do with them.

Our very best,

Ken and Marc

San Diego, California

Copyright © 2003 by The Blanchard Family Partnership and People First Group Holdings, LLC

Table of Contents



The Discovery

The Press Conference

The Surge

The Challenge

The Preparation

The Secret Blend

The Search for Integrity

The Partnership Imperative

The Art of Affirmation

Perfecting the Blend

The End and a Beginning


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Kim Regenhard

The Leadership Pill is entertaining, easy to read, and the action-oriented steps are truly valuable. The book includes the perfect 'prescription' for anyone who has a desire not only to manage but to lead. I think Blanchard and Muchnick have created the next Management Book of the Year.
VP Human Resources - Customer Services & Operations, AT&T Wireless

Jeanine Kestler

Creative and entertaining...captures the true essence of leadership.
Dell Computer Human Resources Executive

Marilyn Winn

The Leadership Pill is excellent in every way--a worthy successor to The One-Minute Manager.
Senior VP - Human Resources, Harrah's Entertainment

Marcus Buckingham

The Leadership Pill is as instructive as it is entertaining, with a positive message that can truly help managers at any level to develop effective leadership.
author of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths

Mary Anne Brannon

What an easy-to-understand approach to building positive and productive relationships . . . both professionally and personally. It's about doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. When people understand their respective roles in the business, the results are more than just the dollar. The lessons of The Leadership Pill could make a 'new course' for Delta.
Technical Operations - Development & Learning, Delta Air Lines

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