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5.0 out of 5 stars How and why the Work of Leaders is to develop more and better leaders, 27 May 2013
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkonen, and Barry Davis introduce and then rigorously explain what they call the Vision, Alignment, and Execution (VAE) business model for leadership development. Their shared mission is to help as many people as possible in as many organizations as possible to "to apply the simple concepts of vision, alignment, and execution (VAE) to their work. Actually, these may be simple concepts to adopt as the foundation of the Leaders Work program but, in my opinion, they are very difficult to achieve and then even more difficult to [begin italics] sustain [end italics]. If that were not true, there would be no need for this book. In fact, there is a great need for the information, insights, and counsel that the co-authors provide.

In addition to the end-of-chapter "Tips for [fill in]" sections such as Chapter 15's "Tips for Feedback," these are among the dozens of passages that caught my eye, also listed to indicate the scope of this book's coverage.

o The VAE Model (Pages 5-7)
o The Importance of Crafting a Vision (17-21)
o Strategies for Remaining Open to Options (28-31)
o Strategies for Being Adventurous (37-40)
o Strategies for Seeking Counsel (47-50)
o Tips and Reminders When Crafting a Vision (55-56)
o The Importance of Building Alignment (65-67)
o Strategies for Explaining Rationale (73-75)
o Strategies for Exchanging Perspectives (83-87)
o Strategies for Being Expressive (92-95)
o The Importance of Championing Execution (109-112)
Note: "Vision without execution is hallucination." Thomas Edison
o Championing Execution Through Momentum (113-116)
o Strategies for Being Driven (118-122)
o Championing Execution Through Structure (125-130)

As the co-authors explain, the cornerstone principles of the Work of Leaders are these:

o "The VAE [Vision, Alignment, and Execution] model approaches leadership as a one-to-many relationship, as opposed to the one-to-one relationship of management."

o "The Work of Leaders is done by leaders at all levels. Whether or not you are a senior executive or a leader on the front line, the process of leadership follows the same path."

o "The Work of Leaders is a collaborative process, but the journey to becoming an effective leader is a personal one. Some of the skills and best practices outlined [in this book] may come to you more easily than others."

Fortunately for those readers who need special attention and assistance, help is near at hand. Specifically, the Work of Leaders development program is available through a network of professional trainers and consultants. I urge those who have special talents and skills as well as those with special needs to become actively involved in the Work of Leaders community. To check out additional resources and obtain information about professional opportunities, Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkonen, and Barry Davis to visit 3wdotworkofleadersdotcom.
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