From the Inside Flap
"I know you are already smart, fast, and good. Now it's time to become smarter, faster, and better. It's time to ask questions, slow down, and start focusing not on just your own self-development but on your contribution to your team, your organization, and the greater good."—From the Introduction
In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed executive coach Karlin Sloan offers leaders a variety of self-assessments, habits, strategies, and sustainable practices that they can use to become what today's marketplace demands: smarter, faster, and better.
Sloan shows what it takes to make the move to the next level to become a leader who both grows the bottom line and contributes to stakeholders and the world in a positive way. Based on research, study, and the author's extensive experience as a coach to leaders of top organizations, this book shows how to become smarter, faster, and better by examining these questions:
- What are your key strengths and what do you need to develop or leverage?
- What are you focused on now and what do you need to accomplish to really get ahead?
- Are your values in line with your work? What is the end you are trying to achieve?
Smarter, Faster, Better is solution-focused. It helps leaders gain perspective and self-knowledge, seize opportunities they may not have seen before, achieve their highest potential, and resolve the issues that threaten to hold them back from the success they desire for themselves and their organizations.
"For those of us constantly striving to operate smarter, faster, and better, Karlin Sloan reminds us sagely, through wonderful stories, that we may well achieve our highest levels of performance, potential, and fulfillment by asking questions, slowing down, and being of service. Great advice for a weary world and particularly for leaders seeking sustained peak performance for themselves and the organizations they lead."
—Timothy Dorman, chief operating officer, leadership coaching and development, Korn/Ferry International
"Karlin Sloan nails the essentials of leading and motivating a senior management team for measurable success by both understanding and tapping into the power of human interaction."
—Tom Bernardin, chairman and CEO, Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc.
"This book hits a home run when it comes to offering sound and practical ways to face the pace and pressures of increasing complexity and overload—and to show up as an effective leader when results have to be innovative. Smarter, Faster, Better helped me see how slowing down to move forward faster can transform my experience of being a leader in a growth industry."
—Steve Kowalski, director, learning and development, Genentech, Inc.
"How often have you said to yourself, 'I need help,' 'I don't have enough time,' or 'I'm stressed'? Karlin Sloan offers us an opportunity to learn practical strategies for bringing out the best in ourselves as well as in others through examining the lives of many leaders she has coached. Prepare to reflect and learn where your strengths lie."
—Courtenay Huff, partner, Accenture
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About the Author
An impassioned teacher and learner, Sloan is a frequent orator on the topic of coaching and leadership development. She has been featured on ABC News Network's Moneyscope, Fox Channel Five's Good Day New York, and Boston Cable Network's series The Art of Coaching.
Considered a thought leader in executive coaching, Sloan is a founding member of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations, giving her access to a worldwide network of top coaching talent. She has published articles in OD Practitioner, ASTD's Leadership and Organization Development Newsletter, and the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations. In addition, she writes a quarterly column titled "Executive Coach" for Executive Travel Magazine. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications as an expert in workplace behavior. Fortune Small Business magazine rec- ognized her for her consulting work with organizations in New York City following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
She holds a B.A. from Mills College, an M.A. in clinical psychology from the San Francisco School of Psychology, and executive coach certification through the William James Institute's Center for Executive Coaching. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Wharton Executive Education. Her client list includes Accenture, Allstate, Citibank, Leo Burnett, Starcom Mediavest Group, Interbrand, MTV Networks, Pennsylvania Life, Jose Cuervo International, GM Planworks, P&G Productions, Rodale, and Knight Ridder.
LINDSEY POLLAK is a writer and editor with a range of experience in books and magazines. She is a coauthor of Women for Hire: The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job (Penguin Putnam, 2002) and a contrib- utor to Women's Studies on Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change (Duke University Press, 2002). She has served as editor or collaborator for five additional business books.
Pollak is also the newsletter editor for the Downtown Women's Club and has published career advice articles in Metro New York newspaper, New York Moves magazine, and the Girl Scouts' Leader magazine. She speaks frequently about career issues at universities and professional associations across the country.
Pollak is a graduate of Yale University and received a master's degree in women's studies from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: THE SMARTER PARADOX
1. It's You, Not Them
2. Are You Asking the Right Questions?
3. Surrounded by Smarts
PART TWO: THE FASTER PARADOX
4. Festina Lente
5. Do You Wear the Watch or Does the Watch Wear You?
6. Faster Together: Energizing Your Team
PART THREE: THE BETTER PARADOX
7. What Is Better?
8. Getting Better All the Time
9. Better Leaders Make a Better World