Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leadership Without Excuses (Grimshaw and Baron)

I've been reading a few management books lately, but this one is the best so far - Leadership Without Excuses. Not only is it well written, it is intensely practical, and it's obvious that they guys have been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. The chapter headings alone show you they know their stuff -  
  1. Equip your people for moments of truth and tradeoff
  2. Invest excruciating minutes to ensure role clarity
  3. Use commanders intent to promote ownership. Stretch your people. Align them with your business strategy
  4. Compete for attention
  5. Boost the credibility of your high expectations
  6. Reward what you want to see more of... and stop tolerating what you don't
  7. Use the other F-word to tap hidden sources of motivation
  8. Wield your biggest stick: the power to take things away
  9. When you have no authority - use increased confidence and reduced anxiety as your consequence currency
  10. Whet the appetite for truth
  11. Prevent excuses before they happen
  12. Banish the fantasies and fetishes that lead to fingerpointing
  13. Treat mistakes as intellectual capital and give negative feedback that doesn't freak people out


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