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A compass with no map?,
This review is from: True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series) (Hardcover)
I am not sure if the authors are clear on their objectives for this book. It certainly contains a wealth of information about leadership characteristics and behaviours but little practical advice.
It is also inspirational in places; however, I am left with what feels like a collection of random cameos of leadership wisdom, which in themselves are useful, but together lack cohesion. If the book is trying to say `look, the world of leadership is very complex, random and idiosyncratic' then it achieves this very well but if they are trying to provide direction in such a world then the book clearly fails.
There is no framework for potential leaders to follow, the authors only state that if you know your true north and your values you can be authentic, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot at a tropical tea party.
If you are a successful leader already I dare say you would agree with most of this book but if you are an aspiring leader then providing the compass without a map is very cruel.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2014 11:57:45 GMT
Mr. Szymon Wierny says:
I must agree with this post. I am in the process of reading the book on my recently purchased Kindle and what I am getting from it is a lovely insights from CEO's past life. It is always good to read how CEO's and other corporate heads overturned their often difficult beginnings into a a life of prosperity and so on, but there are hundred of other books which will point to the same. Framework is missing - However is there really a framework for being a humble person? Another problem with the book is person vs actual corporate circumstances. Starbucks and known tax issues, pharmaceutical companies and their dominance on the market causing drug making oligopolies to dictate prices rather than serving the poor etc. I am a bit of an impression that we also have wonderful people behind not so wonderful corporate companies though I want to underline that I am not a fun of conspiracy theories. For me and I agree with Stephen this is a Leadership memoir which tells you to stick to your values as a humble human being but does not really tell you what actions to take in what circumstances etc. How to make sure you get people on board etc. Something is missing...
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