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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRIMER FOR ALL MANAGERS, 1 Dec 2001
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This book is brilliant in its execution and content. Any manager will find it enjoyable and useful to read. I have read this author's other books, especially The Tao of Coaching. In all his books, Max Landsberg demonstrates a unique insight into the skills required of today's manager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a superb leadership model, 16 April 2010
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This review is from: The Tools Of Leadership: Vision, Inspiration, Momentum (Paperback)
"The Tools of Leadership" follows the VIM model (Vision -> Inspiration -> Momentum) in all its details. It is a very powerful leadership model and applicable in the field. On top of this model, also power and influencing elements regarding leadership are nicely explained together with cultural aspects.

Like his other 2 books, also this book is a fast and easy read. It offers a really great introduction to leadership. Superb!

Max Landsberg offers 3 books actually called "The tools of leadership", "The tao of motivation" and "The tao of coaching". Each book follows a similar pattern of telling, explaining and even showing funny cartoons to illustrate the stories even further. Each sub story is lovely presented and packaged so you can easily digest the lessons. The 3 books are excellent as a first and basic introduction to leadership, coaching or motivating staff. Each of them is highly recommended!

Contents
Introduction

Part 1 - Gearing up
1 VIM: Vision, Inspiration and Momentum
2 The techniques of leadership
3 Preparing: focus, urgency and factions
4 Shaping the teams

Part 2 - The heart of leadership
Vision
5 Creating meaning
6 Seeding and testing
7 Sculpting skills
Inspiration
8 Inspiration - building trust
9 Engaging and uniting
10 Repeating and reinforcing
Momentum
11 Encouraging initiative
12 Galvanising progress
13 Clearing the way
Support for Vision, Inspiration and Momentum
14 Urging and celebrating
15 Living the values
16 Corralling attention

Part 3 - Other tools and skills
17 Leading or managing?
18 Roles and delegation
19 Phasing and timing
20 Power and influence
21 Culture
22 The VIM of self-leadership

Epilogue
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, insightful, practical - I give two thumbs up, 2 Nov 2000
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Few books on leadership are as comprehensive, insightful, and practical as this one is. This is one of the best books on the subject for both - people who are leaders and those who wish to become leader-like. Mr Landsberg experience and knowledge of the subject is quite evident. I am recommending the book to all my friends and colleagues in the United States. There isn't anything like it here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for team managers / leaders., 25 Oct 2000
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This is a real must for anyone who spends at least part of their day trying to run a team. It is a mix of refreshing reminders, some new ideas, and lots of practical tips. Thoroughly deserved its review in Management Today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just get past the style, 7 Jan 2004
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This review is from: The Tools Of Leadership: Vision, Inspiration, Momentum (Paperback)
"Tools of Leadership" is written around the story of the fuctional turnaround of a mediocre advertising company. Each chapter ends with a checklist of lessons and exercises for the reader.
The fiction is toe-curlingly clichéd, the characters are corny, the cartoons are irrelevant and the graphics are grotty. But still I loved this book.
Why ? Simply because the fiction-lesson format forces the reader to apply leadership concepts to his or her own situation and thus creates genuine learning and change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tools of Leadership, 8 Oct 2000
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One of the best books on leadership I'v come across. It gets to the heart of the matter ( Vision, Inspiration and Momentum), and shows clearly how to create them in everyday life.
I read it in one sitting-mainly because it is clearly structured,and has a great story that runs through it to show the various techniques in action.The story has lots of suspense, and a good twist at the end-a bit like "The Goal",and much better than having lots of separate case studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will probably become a classic, 6 Oct 2000
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It is very rare to find a management/business book in the "can't put it down" category. This is one. Accessible, fun and thought-provoking, it uses as its focus for each chapter the unfolding story of Alex, who has joined an advertising agency with a six-month deadline to turn it around. Alex is this century's equivalent of Voltaire's Candide, his voyage of discovery leaving us on a cliff-hanger at the end of each chapter. Combined with this fable-like story is a page of refreshingly jargon-free bullet points and action points as well as a cartoon in the Larson mould.
The book demonstrates how to create an enrolling vision, how to inspire others and how to generate momentum and energy in those around you. Highly original, The Tools of Leadership is a "must have" for those in the driving seat of organisations as well as for their passengers, their engineers and those in the pit stop.
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