One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

by Mike Figliuolo


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One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership by Mike Figliuolo

A robust, authentic model for creating and clearly articulatinga personal leadership philosophy

Based on leadership expert Mike Figliuolo's popular "LeadershipMaxims" training course, One Piece of Paper teachesdecisive, effective leadership by taking a holistic approach todefining one's personal leadership philosophy. Through a series ofsimple questions, readers will create a living document thatcommunicates their values, passions, goals and standards to others,maximizing their leadership potential.

  • Outlines a clear approach for identifying a concise andmeaningful set of personal leadership maxims by which leaders canlive their lives
  • Explains and applies four basic aspects of leadership: leadingyourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading abalanced life
  • Generates a foundational document that serves as a touchstonefor leaders and their teams

Simple, applicable, and without pretense, One Piece ofPaper provides a model for real leadership in the realworld.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118049594
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 541,379
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MIKE FIGLIUOLO is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in leadership development, and a nationally-recognized speaker and blogger on the topic of leadership. An Honor Graduate from West Point, Figliuolo served in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding his own company, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Table of Contents


1 Understanding the Leadership Maxims Approach 3

2 On Buzzwords 15


3 Learning to Lead Yourself 25

4 Why Do You Get Out of Bed Every Day? 33

5 How Will You Shape Your Future? 41

6 What Guidelines Do You Live By? 51

7 When You Fall Down, How Do You Pick Yourself Back Up? 61

8 How Do You Hold Yourself Accountable? 71


9 Becoming a Thought Leader 83

10 What Standards Do You Hold Your Team To? 89

11 Where Are You Taking Your People? 99

12 How Will You Foresee the Future? 111

13 After All That Thinking, How Will You Drive Action? 119


14 What It Means to Lead Your People 131

15 What Is Your Natural Style? 137

16 How Will You Remember to Treat Your Team Members asIndividuals? 147

17 How Will You Stay Connected to Your Team's Reality? 157

18 How Will You Commit to Your People's Growth? 167


19 Defining Balance 179

20 How Will You Define Your Boundaries? 185

21 How Will You Keep Things in Perspective? 193

22 What Are You Passionate About? 201


23 Living Your Maxims 211

24 Sharing 217

Acknowledgments 223

Appendix A: The Author's Maxims 229

Appendix B: Your Maxims 231

About the Author 233

Index 235

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duaneP777 More than 1 year ago
Mike Figliuolo has a great concept; forget all the double-speak, hype, and game playing and take an honest look at yourself. The idea that leadership begins within is timeless, yet people often look to gimmicks and quick fixes for leadership growth. Mike helps you to explore what it is that you do and why you do it. He strips away the surface veneer and talks about what it takes to grow and develop as a leader. I personally spent over 6 months working on the concepts in this book, a small chunk at a time. The results were Well Worth It!!! I now have a set of Maxims that I use to guide my day-to-day conduct, as well as to inspire long-term strategic and practical thought. I recommend that you buy this book and settle in for an in-depth look at yourself and what it takes to be an effective leader. Keep a notebook handy and dig deep into this book - in a time when I was really struggling, this ideas in this book were essential in getting myself back on track. This book is a keeper! I find myself referring back to it all the time and have 2 copies - paper for home and e-book for when I travel. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.