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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118817419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118817414
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“All leaders have blind spots which they aren′t aware of and these results in gaps in leadership. While not all gaps will have a major impact on how you function as a leader, some do and so it′s important to know how to identify these and become aware of self imposed limitations and perceptual biases that you may have.” — The Economic Times "As the world becomes increasingly complex and business owners face more pressures than ever before, leadership advice hasn’t really changed. That’s why Mike Myatt, a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and author of new book “Hacking Leadership,” set out to provide shortcuts that would simplify the complexities of building a successful business." — Business Insider “The essence of Mike Myatt’s definition of hacking: one who discovers alternative paths to ‘deciphering complexity, influencing outcomes, acquiring access and creating innovative customizations to existing/outdated methodologies.’ Hmm — that sounds like the key components of leadership. In the book, which is subtitled  The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly,  the ‘Leadership Gap’ is the most important because it helps close the gaps of the other 10.” — Dallas News

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“I love this book! Mike Myatt hooked me at the Prologue and had me engaged until the end. Hacking Leadership is insightful, stimulating, and entertaining—rich in wisdom and long on practicality. It has so many golden nuggets of learning that I know I′ll return to it often for expert advice and counsel. Besides that, it’s just plain fun to read. My nomination for the short list of best business books of the year.” — Jim Kouzes , coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University “Mike Myatt′s ′Hacking Leadership′ is a must read... Mike combines insightful yet practical commentary with in the trenches leadership experience few can match. I would highly recommend this text to anyone looking to become a better leader." — Vijay Govindarajan , Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth and the author of NYT bestseller Reverse Innovation "Mike Myatt′s Hacking Leadership could well be the leadership book for our time, practical, plain speaking, robust and of the moment." — Stuart Crainer , cofounder of Thinkers50 “Leveraging his accumulated wisdom as a highly regarded executive coach, Myatt has beautifully moved to the far side of complexity of today′s leadership challenge with simple, direct, timely and proven guidance for lifting every leader′s ability to contribute and advance.  A must read for the aspiring leaders of today and tomorrow.” — Douglas R. Conant , Chairman Avon Products, Chairman Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern University, Former President, CEO and Director of Campbell Soup Company “Hacking Leadership merits a place on every 21st century leader’s short list of must–read books. Written from the heart and the mind of the renowned leadership expert Mike Myatt, this remarkable manual for action will inspire you to your greatest leadership contribution in your work and life.” — James Strock , author, Serve to Lead, Theodore Roosevelt On Leadership, Reagan On Leadership, Former George H.W. Bush appointee as chief law enforcement officer for the U.S. EPA "Hacking Leadership is a thought–provoking, status quo shattering jolt of leadership wisdom that can propel anyone in the direction of their full leadership potential. At a time when scores of people are content settling for What Is, Mike challenges us to ask ourselves, What If? Instead of simply writing another book on leadership, he′s penned a powerfully persuasive narrative that reminds us the only limits to our leadership are those we impose on ourselves. Hacking Leadership is a must read for everyone!" — Brigadier General John E. Michel , Commanding General NATO Air Training Command–Afghanistan and author of (No More) Mediocre Me: How Saying No to The Status Quo Will Propel You From Ordinary to Extraordinary “The ideas in Mike Myatt′s Hacking Leadership will challenge you—but they are achievable and waiting for you to put them into action. Read this book, apply its concepts, and prepare to move light–years ahead in your leadership journey.” — Ken Blanchard , coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and TrustWorks! “Every leader I know, including myself, has leadership gaps, and all of us need a resource and framework for not only identifying the gaps, but also a practical roadmap to help close those gaps. Hacking Leadership is an essential tool for every leader to have in their toolbox for working on their own leadership, and thus improving the team and overall organization. Mike reminds us all to not settle for the status quo, and the important role each of us have to be the change we seek. True leaders do something about it, and are willing to mix things up and hack away at their leadership, with the constant pursuit of excellence, and thus their true leadership potential.” — Brad Lomenick , President and key visionary, Catalyst, Author, The Catalyst Leader “Mike′s insights are logical, entertaining and well outlined.  Deep experience with a myriad of leaders enables him to understand the landscape, and his passionate pursuit of innovation lets him crack it open.  Hacking Leadership is a fresh take on what it means to be an effective leader and take action.” — Thomas X. Geisel – CEO, Sun Bancorp, Inc. “Tremendous! Mike Myatt has written a superb book on leadership that is exceptionally timely and relevant for our world today.  This book is both deeply insightful as well as intensely practical—a rare combination. I will highly recommend  Hacking Leadership  to leaders everywhere, at every level, and in all walks of life.” — Stephen M. R. Covey , author of  The New York Times  and #1  Wall Street Journal  bestseller,  The Speed of Trust , and coauthor of  Smart Trust "Great leaders are aware of gaps and blind spots in their organizations, teams, and lives. Learn the secrets of great leaders when you read Mike Myatt’s Hacking Leadership!" — Marshall Goldsmith – 2 million–selling author of the  New York Times  bestsellers,  MOJO  and  What Got You Here Won′t Get You There

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Hacking Leadership" written by Mike Myatt is one of the many books on the market that talks about leadership, but certainly one of a small number of those that are worthy of your attention.

In these uncertain and stressful years we live leadership problem is particularly sensitive issue.
Regardless of the size or type of organization people are ascending through the hierarchy and often come to the position solely due to their formal qualifications, confirming Peter's principle that the organization members where promotion is result of achievement, success and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their ability level.
But the main issue is not this fact but its result when such situation occur and such leaders often don't bother to improve their capabilities but consider that persons who are below in the hierarchy must come to terms with it or leave the organization.

The problem becomes particularly visible in the small organizations, family businesses where the owner is at the same time main boss who thinks that just because he invested his money and time, he has right to say everyone what, when and how much they should do.
It's true that the leaders are born, but it is even bigger truth that even a person who isn't a born leader can work on it to get him his subordinates begin to perceive her/him as a person worthy of respect and following.

And in that sense, this book gives a lot of useful information for any leader, regardless of organization size, level and types how to fix those things that don't work well, how to improve ourselves as leaders.
Of course, it's first necessary to determine what is not working well, and that is the lack of many people who feel that due to their hard work they deserve to make many mistakes.
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It's one of the very best books I've ever read.! It can really transform you both in professional and private aspects of life. Seeing things differently is genius and unlocks your full potential.! It makes you happier, better, more productive, a better leader, lovable and in the end more successful.
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The title refers to a major organizational need: Leadership at all levels and in all areas of operation that will help to achieve what Mike Myatt defines as the skills needed to "discover an alternate path, clever and skillful tricks, shortcuts and workarounds, breaking the code, deciphering complexity, influencing outcomes, acquiring access, creating innovative customizations to existing/outdated methodologies."

As defined, these hackers defy the status quo, an organizational culture whose values usually result from what James O'Toole so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." They avoid policies and procedures that make no sense...but they also avoid confrontation. The terms "stealth" and "guerilla" come to mind. Myatt: "Hackers are innovative thinkers who acquire and distribute knowledge, tips, and tricks for solving complex problems -- they reinvent strategies, protocols, and practices to create more effective solutions to both existing problems and new challenges. They adopt the mind-set of innovating around best practices in pursuit of next practices."

These are among the dozens of business subjects and issues of special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of Myatt's coverage.

o The Leadership Gap Defined (Pages 3-5)
o Hacking the Status Quo (11-13)
o To Hack the Future, You Must Have Clear Perspectives on the Past (36-37)
o Great Leaders Hack the Future by Pulling It Forward (40-42)

For each of the following, "hacking" = eliminating, replacing, improving, and/or transforming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Serious book about leadership to help you become a better leader 19 Dec. 2013
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Hacking Leadership" written by Mike Myatt is one of the many books on the market that talks about leadership, but certainly one of a small number of those that are worthy of your attention.

In these uncertain and stressful years we live leadership problem is particularly sensitive issue.
Regardless of the size or type of organization people are ascending through the hierarchy and often come to the position solely due to their formal qualifications, confirming Peter's principle that the organization members where promotion is result of achievement, success and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their ability level.
But the main issue is not this fact but its result when such situation occur and such leaders often don't bother to improve their capabilities but consider that persons who are below in the hierarchy must come to terms with it or leave the organization.

The problem becomes particularly visible in the small organizations, family businesses where the owner is at the same time main boss who thinks that just because he invested his money and time, he has right to say everyone what, when and how much they should do.
It's true that the leaders are born, but it is even bigger truth that even a person who isn't a born leader can work on it to get him his subordinates begin to perceive her/him as a person worthy of respect and following.

And in that sense, this book gives a lot of useful information for any leader, regardless of organization size, level and types how to fix those things that don't work well, how to improve ourselves as leaders.
Of course, it's first necessary to determine what is not working well, and that is the lack of many people who feel that due to their hard work they deserve to make many mistakes.
It's human and normal to make mistakes, but if there are things where mistakes are constantly repeated, especially if these are errors that have an impact on the people we lead, it would be wise to determine how to stop repeating them.

Therefore I suggest reader to read this book slowly, thinking about what you are reading, and not rushing to read the book as soon as possible.
Because its goal is not to understand what you are doing well, because you can see that from the view and enthusiasm of people who follow you, but to understand your blind spots and by correcting them to become a better leader.

Due to above-mentioned I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a serious book about leadership, especially those who have long experience in it, exactly because they'll be able to determine how much smart and useful things author wrote inside.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Some good content that's poorly edited and available for free 9 Jan. 2014
By P. Sarin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I liked one of Myatt's columns in Forbes and so I bought the book.

The good part is that I'm learning from it. Myatt's thesis is that leadership is a form of service and not an avenue for personal glory. He has a lot of perspective and, though he doesn't back it up with any convincing data, it at least rings true.

The writing is terrible, though. It's repetitive and cliche-ridden. Imagine buying Myatt a few beers and sitting with him for a few hours while he rants to you about everything he knows about leadership. Imagine transcribing that conversation and publishing it as a book. That's what it reads like. You'd certainly learn something. But it's not what I expect when I buy a book.

After I saw the phrase, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care" for the third time, I did a Google search and found several columns that were pasted wholesale into his book. e.g.,
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The irony of this book is that, while Myatt describes leadership as an act of service, he doesn't serve he readers well by making them slog through repetitive, poorly edited rants. Though he preaches the value of character, he doesn't tell us that much of his book is lifted without change from his free online columns.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Business Book Every Pastor Should Read 5 Mar. 2014
By Joshua Reich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While it is a business book, the applications for pastors and churches are endless. Pretty much any time he said "business" you could apply it to churches.

I could not agree more that churches have gaps in them and these gaps, if they go untouched, keep the church from fulfilling why God placed the church here.

Here are the gaps and stop me when you feel like it applies to your church or a church you worked at:

Leadership gap - "we don't have enough leaders or volunteers."
Purpose gap - "where are we going, why do we exist, why are we doing what we're doing?"
Future gap - "what is next, how do we reach the next generation, how do we make choices?"
Mediocre gap - "it's good enough for church."
Culture gap - "this gets at why things are done without thinking (ie. we've always done it this way)".
Talent gap - "who is being developed, how do you hire people, how do you raise up leaders."
Knowledge gap - "how do you communicate, do leaders and volunteers know how to make decisions that line up with the vision."
Innovation gap - "how will your church go to the next level and reach the next generation."
Expectation gap - "are ministries aligned or are they silos doing their own thing?"
Complexity gap - "how clear is your strategy, how busy is your church, how many layers and committees does it take to get an answer to a question."
Failure gap - "how does your church or leaders handle failure when it happens?" And it will happen.

As I said, incredibly relevant.

I love his writing style as well. He had one liners all over the book. Here are a few:

-Holding a position of leadership is not the same thing as being a good leader.
-The plausibility of impossibility only becomes a probability in the absence of leadership.
-Businesses don’t fail, projects don’t fail, and products don’t fail—leaders fail.
-Real leaders don’t limit themselves, but more importantly they refuse to limit those they lead.
-The seminal question you must ask yourself as a leader is why should anyone be led by you?
-Leaders who don’t have the trust and respect of their team won’t be able to generate the influence necessary to perform at the expected levels.
-Leaders simply operate at their best when they understand their ability to influence is much more fruitful than their ability to control.
-Leaders who are not growing simply cannot lead growing organizations.
-Not all engagement is necessary or productive.
-Leaders who are bored, in a rut, or otherwise find themselves anesthetized by the routine have a huge problem—they are not leading
-People can be rallied around many things, but none more powerful than purpose.
-I have always believed the gold standard of leadership, the measurement of leadership greatness if you will, is based on a leader’s ability to align talent and outcomes with purpose.
-Purpose is the foundational cornerstone for great leadership.
-You cannot attain what you do not pursue.
-All great leaders are forward thinking and leaning.
-Leaders deserve the teams they build.
-Leadership that isn’t transferrable, repeatable, scalable, and sustainable isn’t really leadership at all.
-Leadership can be boiled down into either owning the responsibility for getting things done or failing to do so.
-Leadership and loyalty go hand in hand.
-The number-one reason companies make bad hires is they compromise, they settle, they don’t hire the best person for the job.
-What most fail to realize is years of solid decision making is oftentimes unwound by a single bad decision.
-You don’t train leaders; you develop them.
-Almost universally, the smartest person in the room is not the one doing all the talking—it’s the person asking a few relevant and engaging questions and then doing almost all of the listening.
-If you’re not willing to embrace change you’re not ready to lead.
-Few things harm the forward progress of an organization like leaders who fail to understand the value of aligning expectations.
-The easiest way to judge a leader is by balancing the scorecard between promises made and promises kept.
-The difference between good and great often comes down to discipline.
-Complexity is the enemy of the productive.
-Only way to protect value is to create more of it.
-The true test of all leaders is not measured by what’s accomplished in their professional life, but rather by what’s accomplished at home.

Every year I think there are a few must read leadership books. Last year I said it was Start with Why. This year, it is Hacking Leadership.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book on Leadership! 17 Dec. 2013
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy reading books about leadership and finding ways to incorporate the learning into my own life as well as into the lives of the students I work with on a daily basis. Mike Wyatt has written a book that not only is practical in nature, but also pragmatic as well. This is a type of book that you will be able to pick up time and time again and find something new within it.

Mr. Wyatt also has written this book in such a way that you can easily follow his ideas/principles to make changes within your own life to become a more successful and efficient leader. The concepts that he shares are ones that can be replicated in any context in my opinion, which for me, makes the book even more valuable.

I loved the practical examples that he shares, and through these examples you not only see why he is an expert at what he does, but also why you should listen and learn from him.

While the book is dense and has a lot to share, you will find yourself re-reading sections to not only better understand the concepts, but also to soak in the meaning that is being shared so that you can internalize it better too.

This was a great book that anyone wanting to gain valuable insights on leadership will enjoy!

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The book is FULL of actionable concepts that leaders can and should put into practice -- starting NOW! 24 Feb. 2014
By Nancy Brout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I highly recommend Hacking Leadership as a very important book for anyone who wants to be a better leader and/or help others do the same. As a highly respected thought leader, CEO coach, and consultant, Mike Myatt's deep insights and refreshing candor are powerful and persuasive. Mike sheds much needed light on why leaders are more or less effective and respected by those they lead. He adds clarity to many concepts, such as why it's SO essential for leaders to engage in genuine conversations, to always continue to learn and develop themselves, and to invite and value others who challenge them. I finished the book wanting to strike the word "consensus" from my vocabulary because it's a nemesis to the conversations that must take place if an organization is going to thrive over the long-term. The book is FULL of actionable concepts that leaders can and should put into practice -- starting NOW! It's a rare book that I would like to own in hard copy to explore, absorb and put into practice over time. It's been a long time since I captured this many highlights in a book. With eleven "gaps" and many "hacks" to close each "gap", it's a challenge to get one's head around the overall framework. It would be very helpful to have a summary chart in hand as a guide to work through over time. While I'm giving the author 5 stars for the book, I give the publisher 1 star for editing. In the first edition, grammarians will have to grin and bear the faulty punctuation and sentence flow. Once Wiley rediscovers the comma to correct this, the reading experience will be much improved. It's a shame this wasn't done before the book went to market but, if you want to be a better leader, don't let that stop you from reading it TODAY!
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