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The Language of Leaders: How Top CEOs Communicate to Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results
The Language of Leaders: How Top CEOs Communicate to Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results
by Kevin Murray
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings it together, 20 Nov 2011
First off a declaration of interest.

I have known Kevin Murray since his days as Director of Communications at British Airways. Later he hired me to work with him years ago at Bell Pottinger.

This book explains why I accepted the offer back in the days of pre-history - Kevin sees communications as a holistic activity. He's not one of those guys who thinks your reputation is about what the newspapers write about you, but that it's the product of who who you are, what you do and what people who work alongside you say when you're out of the room. The Language of Leaders brings it all together in one place.

Kevin has interviewed over 60 successful leaders for the book. Some have got some banal things to say - others are quite challenging. What Kevin does so well is to weave their thoughts into a coherent model which suggests a clear agenda for anyone who wants their organisation to be understood.

Although Kevin has focused on CEO's (from all walks of life) the thinking is applicable to any aspiring manager. For example his chapter on personal authenticity is compelling as are the observations on employee engagement.

Overall, many of the ideas in this book are well known already - Kevin is reporting the reflections of some pretty familiar characters. Where the book scores for me is in bringing them together into a coherent system.


From Lincoln to LinkedIn: The 55-Minute Guide to Social Communication or Why Social Media has [tweet] All to Do With New Technology and Everything to do With Timeless Principles of Word of Mouth)
From Lincoln to LinkedIn: The 55-Minute Guide to Social Communication or Why Social Media has [tweet] All to Do With New Technology and Everything to do With Timeless Principles of Word of Mouth)
by Mike Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very simple idea, 1 Aug 2011
If you want a book that tells you how to integrate Twitter with YouTube and link to Facebook, then this isn't the book for you.

If you want to challenge your thinking about how social communication matters then this book gives real pause for thought.

It's written in a really light style and a fast read; laying out some central ideas in a straightforward way.

I predict that there will be lots of comms managers buying this book for their bosses when they hear the magic words "we need a social media strategy...".

Liam


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