Pivot Points: Five Decisions Every Successful Leader Must Make

Pivot Points: Five Decisions Every Successful Leader Must Make

by Julia Tang Peters


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ISBN-13: 9781118894736
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julia Tang Peters works with leaders and their teams whenbold clear leadership and organizational support are imperative.Her clients include Fortune 100 global corporations as well asentrepreneurial companies. With a career spanning business,academia and clinical psychology, Julia has held leadership rolesat Leo Burnett Company, Aon Hewitt, a tech incubator, NorthwesternUniversity, and The Family Institute. Extensive global travel alsoinforms her perspective on values-based leadership and success.Pivot Points is Julia’s first book. She earned aMasters of Management degree from Northwestern University’sKellogg School of Management, a Master of Science degree fromNorthwestern University’s School of Education and SocialPolicy, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lake Forest College.Also a Licensed Family Therapist, she has a Certificate in FamilyTherapy from The Family Institute. Julia lives in Chicago with herhusband, and has four adult children.

To learn more, visit juliatangpeters.com/.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Different Approach to Leadership and Careers v

Acknowledgments xi

1 From Ordinary Career to Leadership Journey: What SeparatesLeaders from Managers? 1

Decision-Making Leaders, Leader-Making Decisions 2

Are Five Pivotal Decisions the Experience of Just Leaders orEveryone? 4

Pivotal Decisions Determine the Journey 6

Five Characteristics of a Pivotal Decision 9

The Art of Leading and the Science of Management 11

The Leaders We Should Learn From 12

2 IDEA: Bud Frankel, Founder and Former Chairman of Frankel& Company 15

Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 15

What Matters to Bud Frankel 17

Bud’s Pivotal Decisions 26

The Leader’s Legacy 41

3 CHANGE: Glen Tullman, Managing Partner of 7wire Ventures;Former CEO of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions 43

Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 43

What Matters to Glen Tullman 46

Glen’s Pivotal Decisions 60

The Leader’s Legacy 73

4 TEAM: John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman, and CEO ofAriel Investments LLC 75

Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 75

What Matters to John Rogers 77

John’s Pivotal Decisions 90

The Leader’s Legacy 108

5 CULTURE: Al Golin, Founder and Chairman of GolinHarris111

Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 111

What Matters to Al Golin 113

Al’s Pivotal Decisions 120

The Leader’s Legacy 139

6 PASSION: Dale Dawson, Founder and CEO of Bridge2Rwanda143

Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 143

What Matters to Dale Dawson 145

Dale’s Pivotal Decisions 156

The Leader’s Legacy 177

7 Lessons from the Journeys of Five Leaders 181

What Do Leaders Have in Common? 181

Leaders Continually Create Their Jobs 191

8 Lessons from Survey Findings 193

Do Pivot Points Occur in Most People’s Careers? 194

How Do People Make Pivotal Decisions? 200

To Lead Is to Create 208

9 Your Pivotal Five: A New Career Road Map 211

Connecting Your Dots: Your Pivotal Decisions 213

Connecting Your Dots: Your Decision-Making Behavior 216

Leader, Manager, Wanderer, and Clock Puncher 220

Warning Signs 225

Your Authentic Path 228

About the Author 231

Index 233

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From the Publisher

Pivot Points is an important book for anyone whowants to understand that leadership is a journey of becoming. The five-pivotal-decisions approach to leadership will enableyou to discover what is truly important in that journey."
—Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. Professor at NorthwesternUniversity's Kellogg School of Management, Former Chairman and CEOof Baxter International, Author of From Values To Action: TheFour Principles of Values-based Leadership

Pivot Points is the leadership book to read if youread only one this year.  Most can only write about leadershipas an art or science given their vantage point but Julia TangPeters writes authoritatively from both perspectives."—Oliver Sicat, CEO of Ednovate, Inc. and former ChiefPortfolio Officer for Chicago Public Schools

Pivot Points is a must read for anyone interestedin mastering the art of leadership.  It clearly andcompellingly addresses leadership as an evolutionary process ofdiscovery, reflection and creation—an "art" to bemastered.”
—Ken Werner, President of a division in a major entertainmentstudio

“In Pivot Points I saw my own life.  Itclarifies my experience and strengthens my resolve to meet the nextchallenge and keep my focus on the exciting timesahead.”
—Richard A. Andrews, President and CEO of Thrasos Innovation,Inc.

“The unique perspective of this book is powerfully clear:leadership is about decision-making – in fact ajourney of particular, connected decisions.  PivotPoints creatively blends stories and empirical study to offercompelling insights that are sure to inspire courage and personalresponsibility.” 
—John L. Ward, PhD, Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise,Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

“I tend to avoid reading leadership books, but this onehas given me a new perspective about where I am and where I stillwant to go.  I’ve had a good long run in my career andPivot Points helped me recommit to designing thefuture.”
—Lucien LaGrange, Architect

"If you are only going to have time for one business read, makeit Pivot Points.  Julia Tang Peter's book enables clearand rational decision making at key career milestones."
—Robert L. Crutchfield, Partner, Harbert Venture Partners

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