The Finesse Factor: How to Build Exceptional Leaders in STEM Organizations

The Finesse Factor: How to Build Exceptional Leaders in STEM Organizations

by Ryan Lahti

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7 Finesse Essentials of Exceptional Leaders

When dealing with office politics and interpersonal conflict, how do you "show up"? If you are facing tricky situations, how well do you use tact, emotional intelligence, and forethought regarding impact to handle them?

For exceptional leaders, finesse is the key. It is what they possess and how they accomplish objectives. Finesse enables them to influence, motivate and hold people accountable as they create work environments where employees thrive.

In The Finesse Factor, Ryan Lahti shows you the essentials of finesse for exceptional leaders. Based on Dr. Lahti’s multiple decades of practical experience, tested approaches in over twenty industries, and analyses of ten years of leadership assessment work, this book--

-Explains the seven essentials of finesse in STEM organizations via real-life war stories

-Lays out a proven method with user-friendly frameworks to help you build proficiency in the finesse essentials

-Details specific actions that will help you succeed in each essential

If you are a business leader or business professional, especially one who runs an organization driven by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), this book is a prime resource to have handy. Leaders in the following industries will benefit from the essentials discussed:

-Science: Healthcare, medical diagnostics, medical devices and biotech

-Technology: Software, semiconductors, information security, consumer electronics and wireless technologies

-Engineering: Automotive, aerospace, engineering/construction and automation/control

-Finance: Banking, credit and insurance

Leaders who oversee STEM organizations such as research and development (R&D), information technology (IT) and finance departments will also find increasing finesse invaluable to their ongoing success. This includes CIOs, CFOs and heads of R&D along with their team members.

Finesse is not just a matter of knowledge. It is a matter of proficiency. The Finesse Factor is the first book that focuses on this fact and enables you to do something about it, because it is oriented toward action.

Your call to action: Consistently apply what you read on the pages in a mindful way then use one of the methods described in the book to gauge the increase in your finesse proficiency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999746714
Publisher: OrgLeader, LLC
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. Ryan Lahti is the founder and managing principal of OrgLeader, a California-based firm that optimizes the performance of organizations driven by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as the leaders who run them. He combines business experience in over twenty industries with a background in leadership assessment/development, executive coaching, talent management, and organizational effectiveness. Due to an early fascination with how organizations and the people who lead them operate, Dr. Lahti has spent the last three decades figuring out ways to make companies and their leaders more successful. Prior to founding OrgLeader in 2006, Dr. Lahti worked for global consulting firms including Ernst&Young and Hay Group. He also served in corporate positions with Gap Inc., Westin Hotels&Resorts, and Invitrogen where he oversaw leadership and organizational development. As a trusted advisor to senior management, Dr. Lahti's experience and empathetic candor has enabled him to help a variety of Fortune 500 and midsize companies, including IBM, Bank of America, State Farm, Apple, Toyota, and Beckman Coulter. Outside of the office, he has taught executive MBA and MBA courses on leadership, team dynamics, and organizational behavior. In "The Finesse Factor: How to Build Exceptional Leaders in STEM Organizations" as well as the business articles he authors, Dr. Lahti draws on his decades of practical experience and industry-tested approaches to provide user-friendly insight. He is a contributor to Forbes as well as a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. He writes articles on leadership, executive team, talent management, and organizational effectiveness issues. Dr. Lahti holds a BA in psychology/business administration from UCLA, an MA in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University Long Beach, and a PhD in psychology/organizational science from the University of North Texas. When he's not working, you're likely to find him exploring the outdoors. Visit or for more information.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why You Should Read This Book

~A Description of STEM Organizations

~What Is Finesse?

~Leadership and the Finesse Heptagon

~The Structure and Use of This Book

I. The Finesse Essentials

1. Essential One: Leverage Self-Awareness

-Enhancing Self-Awareness

-Adjusting Based on the Mirror

2. Essential Two: Read the Situation and the Stakeholders

-The Empathy Dichotomy Error and the Anti-Finesse Trifecta

-Shifting to a Broader Scope

3. Essential Three: Anticipate the Impact

-Impact Obstacles

-Manipulation versus the Right Reasons

-Motivating Performance

-Agile Persuasion

-Establishing Accountability

4. Essential Four: Convey a Measured Presence

-Appearance Matters

-Communication Style

-Composure, Candor, and Conviction

5. Essential Five: Differ with the Issue Not the Party

-Conflict Clarified

-Disagreement, Intensity, and Productivity—the Intensity-Productivity Curve

6. Essential Six: Be a Mirror to Help People Adjust

-The Minimalist Approach

-Stephanie versus Brent

7. Essential Seven: Get Things Done through Others

-Warning Signs and Obstacles

-Early and Effective Delegation

II. The Proven Method

8. How to Build the Seven Essentials of Finesse

-The KEPAT Framework

-The Proficiency Progression

-Critical Elements to Consider

-Essential One: Leverage Self-Awareness

-Essential Two: Read the Situation and the Stakeholders

-Essential Three: Anticipate the Impact

-Essential Four: Convey a Measured Presence

-Essential Five: Differ with the Issue Not the Party

-Essential Six: Be a Mirror to Help People Adjust

-Essential Seven: Get Things Done through Others

Postscript: Call to Action

Appendices: Tools for Building Finesse

~Appendix A: Finesse Assessment

~Appendix B: Leadership Action Plan

~Appendix C: Feedback Provider Guidelines


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