Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results
Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:
- Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
- Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
- Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves
Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.
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About the Author
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic, well-respected, national keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and trainer who helps individuals and organizations achieve stellarresults. Cy's background combines four successfulbusiness start-ups with 18 years working and consulting in manufacturing, banking, government, high-tech,and healthcare. She is also an expert blogger forFastCompany.com.
Table of ContentsForeword (Larry Winget).
Introduction: Calling All Leaders.
Part One Find Peace at Work.
1 You Are the Source of Your Suffering—and That's the Good News.
2 If You Argue with Reality, You Lose (but Only 100 Percent of the Time).
3 Would You Rather Be Right, or Wildly Successful?
Part Two Restore Sanity to the Workplace.
4 Lead First, Manage Second.
5 Play Favorites: Work with the Willing!
6 Change Is a Fact of Life—Get Over It! How to Bullet-Proof Your Employees.
Part Three Lead Your Team to Results.
7 Opinions No Longer Count—Actions Do.
8 Stop Judging and Start Helping: The Golden Rule of Teamwork.
Conclusion: The Reality-Based Leader's Manifesto.
Appendix 1 Alignment Survey.
Appendix 2 Self-Test: Managing Versus Leading.
Appendix 3 Feedback Frame.
About the Author.
What People are Saying About This
“One of the rare few outstanding business books…I loved it”
—From the Foreword by Larry Winget, author, It’s Called Work for a Reason!
“Cy Wakeman deftly shows how Reality-Based Leaders embrace personal accountability—and empower others to do the same. This is a dynamic, winning book that all leaders and managers looking to make their organizations outstanding should read!”
—John G. Miller, author, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and Outstanding!
“I haven’t been so moved by a business thinker and visionary in years. Cy Wakeman’s message has been heard before – that to truly succeed and grow, we have to check our egos at the door. But never has this counter-intuitive insight been so compellingly argued as in this terrific book.”
—Doug Smith, CEO, Ervin and Smith Advertising and Public Relations
“Cy Wakeman’s approach to Reality-Based Leadership is practical, relevant and exactly what today’s leaders really need. This is definitely a must-read for every success-oriented leader and manager.”
—Jeff A. Hurt, CEO, Southwest Credit
“Cy Wakeman is a brilliant story-teller and coach. She has a profound ability to tell a story that makes you laugh while at the same time cutting through your defenses to help you recognize your need to change. I have worked with Cy for years, and the lessons in this book have helped me create better organizations and a better me.”
—Jason Lauritsen, vice president, Human Resources, Union Bank and Trust Company
“You can’t afford to lead your organization without this book in hand! Cy Wakeman writes with candor, humor and unconventional wisdom about how we can be wildly successful.”
—Amy Dorn Kopelan, president, Bedlam Entertainment Inc, and coauthor, I Didn’t See It Coming!
“Cy Wakeman’s book delivers a powerful message. The bottom line- this is required reading for all leaders!”
—Russ Olson, President and CEO, Liberty Bank
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read! Having seen Cy present multiple times I naturally picked up a copy of her book "Reality-Based Leadership," and had it finished, for the first time, in just three days. I now use it as a tool for everyday life in my office, and have even taking some aspects of it into account at home as well. Cy's ideas are easy to relate to and can easily be used in many situations. If your workplace isn't running as smoothly as you would like pick up a copy and check it out. It doesn't matter if you are in a leadership role or not the ideas in this book will help almost anyone reduce the stresses of working in modern-day America.
Drama is emotionally expensive. Making up stories based on judgments about your circumstances is human nature, but those stories chew up time and energy and warp your decisions. Leadership consultant Cy Wakeman presents a simple but powerful process for clearing away blame, excuses and unenthusiastic performance. Much of Wakeman¿s advice is common sense, in keeping with her ¿reality-based¿ outlook. She challenges commonly held beliefs about employee management, most notably the idea that the workplace is a democracy. getAbstract recommends her hard-nosed insights to leaders who are ready to conquer the drama.
If you are a drama queen or king this book is a great resource to get you off everyone's nerves. Simple application and easy to follow concepts.