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Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence [Hardcover]

Erik Qualman
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1 Feb 2012

Digital Leaders are Made—Not Born

"Fail forward, fail fast, fail better is a winning concept from Qualman's latest book, Digital Leader."
-- Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.

"People with a passion for something can be infectious. It's obvious that Erik Qualman's passion is social media."
-- Dan Heath, New York Times bestselling author of Made to Stick and Switch

"Qualman is to social media what Deming is to quality and Drucker to management."
-- Scott Galloway, professor, Stern School of Business, NYU

"Erik Qualman is a Digital Dale Carnegie."
-- Todd Young, CEO, ProspX

About the Book:

"Digital footprints are what we post about ourselves. Digital shadows are what others upload about us. Collectively, they have changed the world forever. As leaders and future leaders we need to adapt to this new world."
-- from Digital Leader

Digital leaders are made, not born--you have it within you to become an effective digital leader. As a leader in the digital age, your reach is boundless. With advanced technologies, you can exert more direct and indirect influence than ever before--anywhere at any time. And everything you do, fail to do, and wish you didn't do is documented forever in the digital universe.

Digital Leader explains how to take full advantage of everything the digital age has to offer, while avoiding common pitfalls that can damage your "digital legacy."

Bestselling author Erik Qualman explains what modern leadership means and describes how to be an effective leader in the digital world. In order to succeed, you need to adjust your leadership skills to adapt to today's digitally open world--and you need to start today. Qualman breaks the process down into five powerful truths you can use to establish your leadership "stamp":

Simple: success is the result of simplification and focus
True: be true to your passion
Act: nothing happens without action--take the first step
Map: goals and visions are needed to get where you want to be
People: success doesn't happen alone

Basing his conclusions on a wide range of research and resources, Qualman provides an abundance of real-world examples and tips to help you create a path to success while leading others to achieve their best.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071792422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071792424
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. Socialnomics made Amazon's #1 Best Selling List in the U.S. & UK only after three weeks of publication & is consistently in the Top 100 Best Selling Business Books List. Qualman is a frequently requested International speaker of the Fortune 500 and has been highlighted in numerous media outlets including: BusinessWeek, The New York Times, CNET, San Francisco Chronicle, Mashable, USA Today, Forbes, CBS Nightly News, and The Huffington Post. He has been fortunate to share the stage with Alan Mulally (Ford CEO), Lee Scott (CEO/Chairman Walmart), Jose Socrates (Prime Minister of Portugal),Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (Nokia CEO), Julie Andrews (Actress), Al Gore (former Vice President) and Sarah Palin. He also has one of 2010's most viral videos on YouTube in "Social Media Revolution" [http://bit.ly/RTzPe]


Qualman is an MBA Professor at the Hult International Business School. For the past 16 years Qualman has helped grow the online marketing and eBusiness capabilities of many companies including Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo and AT&T. He is a columnist for ClickZ, while also owning the social media blog socialnomics.com. Qualman holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Texas. He is currently the Global Vice President of Digital Marketing at EF Education. He was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and still finds time to follow his beloved Spartans while living in Boston. Qualman is 6'6, loves to SCUBA dive and has visited 38 countries.

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From the Back Cover

In today’s digital world, you have greater individual power to become a leader, influence others, and determine your ultimate stamp on life.

In Digital Leader, Erik Qualman, one of today’s most respected social media experts, provides invaluable lessons drawn from a wide variety of sources—from the British Institute of Psychiatry and Forrest Gump to Harvard Business Review and Dr. Suess—to provide digital-leadership best practices.

Practical, profound, and a remarkably enjoyable read, Digital Leader is a 21st century manifesto for leveraging technology to become a better leader and help your employees, family, and friends reach their full potential.

About the Author

Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics, an AMA “Book of the Year” finalist. PC Magazine ranked socialnomics.com as a Top 10 Social Media Blog. For the past 18 years Qualman has helped grow the digital capabilities of Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo, AT&T, and others. He has keynoted alongside Al Gore, Julie Andrews, Alan Mulally, Tony Hawk, Sarah Palin, and prime ministers. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Manumatix and Bazaarvoice. He lives in Boston and is an MBA Professor at the Hult International School of Business.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of Oliver Wendell Holmes' observation almost a century ago, "I wouldn't give a fog for simplicity on this side of complexity but would give my life for simplicity on the other side of complexity." That was true then and is even more relevant now in an age, at a time, when many (most?) of us frequently feel overwhelmed by the complexities in all areas of our lives. In this volume, Erik Qualman identifies, thoroughly explains, and strongly endorses five separate but related habits of digital leadership, and broadly defines "leadership" to include but by no means limited to one's supervisory responsibilities in the business world. Probably for the first time in human history, a person's private and public life are one and the same. This is what Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had in mind when he learned that a highly confidential executive memo had been leaked: "Nothing is confidential. This is the new reality."

Here are the STAMP habits. Qualman devotes a separate chapter to each:

SIMPLE: "Make everything as simple as possible but no simpler." Albert Einstein
TRUE: Be true to your passion, with values and behavior in alignment
ACT: "Vision without execution is hallucination." Thomas Edison
MAP: Know how to get from where you are to where you want to be
PEOPLE: The greatest success is achieved in collaboration

I especially appreciate Qualman's skillful use of various reader-friendly devices that serve four very important functions: they highlight what is most important, they consolidate key points in context, they provide valuable supplementary information, and they facilitate, indeed accelerate frequent review later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.... 2 Jan 2012
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This is an excellent read. Erik provides a framework for living life in a digitally networked world. One in which our social and business circles are increasingly fusing. We leave behind us a permanent digital trail, both by what we may publish about ourselves online and what others may - creating opportunities to enrich our lives, greater transparency of our actions and new risks. Erik's framework once you grasp it is simple, comprising of a set of innate principles, values and approaches that successful leaders naturally use and apply. Erik discusses and places these in the reality and context of today's digitally connected world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What works in the real world matters in the digital world. 1 Jan 2012
By Mark P. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Erik Qualman's book Digital Leader reboots many of the habits of highly successful people into the digital world. The book focused on the acronym STAMP to organize his recommendations for how you build your reputation in the digital world. The book is organized around these principles: Simple, True, Act, Map and People which are discussed in terms and with examples found in other books about personal productivity and success. If you have read other books about personal success, then you will recognize many of these stories and ideas.

Digital Leader does not discuss how you use social media and online tools for success as much as restating prior principles. If you want to know if non-digital leadership practices translate into social media, then this book will assure you that you can translate personal analog success into the online environment.

The book is largely filled with pre-existing advice about time management, email management and reminding you to be professional online. Qualman makes his points largely by related stories taken from others and other publications. For example he quotes Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Ray Kroc and others who were leaders in the analog world but not digitally.

This is not a bad book, but rather given the topic of Digital Leadership I was expecting much more both in terms of what it means to be a leader and what it means to be digital. If you are looking for a book that will help you understand how to engage people and your organization using digital media, then I would suggest Zarrella's Hierarchy of Contagiousness. Zarrella's book provides better actionable advice for those looking to actively participate in social media.

Qualman's book is better aimed at those looking to understand how to personally work in a digital environment. This is a book that will translate rather than challenge your views on personal and professional into the digital world. Qualman has focused more on wrapping a self-help book in digital clothing. Not a bad thing and valuable if the digital world intimidates you, but there is more to being a digital leader than this book covers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Thought Provoking 29 Dec 2011
By William Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the next book after Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. While it touches on social media, this book isn't a social media book. Rather it gives insights into how to have technology work for you rather than you work for it. One of my favorite parts is the research the book shows around why multi-tasking can often make you less productive (an area I clearly need to work on)!

I found the book to be an easy read as well and one that still has me thinking about ways I can leverage the digital age to get more of myself and others in my organization.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 21 Dec 2011
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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What a terrific book! It holds your interest from the minute you start reading. I especially enjoyed the quotes and real-life examples of famous people in the business community. I recommend this to everyone, teachers, businessman/women, teenagers and homemakers. You will take away a lot of ideas to use in your life.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if poor editing bothers you 4 May 2012
By Kara - Published on Amazon.com
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This book shows you how to be a leader in the digital age and provides "keys" to do it. The keys themselves boil down to: keep it simple, be true to yourself, be decisive, set ridiculous goals and stick to them, and put people first. None of them are particularly groundbreaking, but they were aggregated well from other business books and presented in an engaging way. Although those parts were more like a business primer than a book in its own right, I still enjoyed them.

Another reviewer said that this had good advice for "baby boomers" but was nothing new for the already computer savvy. This may be true, but based on how many public Facebook pages there are with people posting things they clearly don't think are public, maybe there are fewer "computer savvy" people out there than we think. Some of the tips and tricks (like using LIFO for emails, managing your online presence) aren't anything new, but they are definitely things people need to know. The digital-related information comprised only a small part of the book which made me wish it had a different title. When a book is called "Digital Leader," its readers are going to expect digital content.

I still would've rated this more stars if not for the EGREGIOUS editing errors. There were many, many missing commas that made some sentences difficult to read. This was a sentence: "To help sell an original deal to Starbucks's owner Howard Shultz." Yes, that's the whole sentence. And the very worst of all was the paragraph that referred to both "Rosey Grier" and "Rosie Grier." Incredibly distracting. I've never stopped reading a book because of editing mistakes, but I almost got there with this one. Come on--these are basics!

Qualman, I'll read your next book, but only if you get a new editor.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of Digital Leader 6 Jan 2012
By Paul Colligan - Published on Amazon.com
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Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of Digital Leader

Erik Qualman's Socialnomics is one of the most important books I've ever read about the social web - if not about the Internet in general. When I found (through surfing) that he had a new book, I was thrilled.

I'll admit I bought it without knowing anything other than the author and the title. I was surprised with what was inside.

It's really not like anything traditional to the books about the Internet space. A more proper title (but one that wouldn't sell) would be something like "How To Be A Real Leader In This Digital/Social Age." With that said and done, my review:

It's a book more along the lines of "How To Win Friends And Influence People" than it is anything that's come out in the last 50 years. That's actually a very good thing.

The framework is "STAMP" - Simple / True / Act / Map / People. Here's my big take away from each.

Simple - Life is complex, those that simplify it win.

True - Being well rounded no longer works in a globally competitive world. I gotta niche.

Act - I guy who starts as many things as me can't leverage the inertia I really need in this day/age.

Act - Firm in destination - flexible in path.

People - (via Malcolm Gladwell) - Customers desire, and are demanding, partnerships with companies.

The "old" success literature is still very true if you make sure it adapts to a digital world. Erik did that in this book.

Awesome.

Bonus - Book contains the world's greatest vacation autoresponder that Il will be using on every vacation from this point on.

One of my new years declarations was that I'd read a book every week. Join me on this journey? [...]
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