Forget Strategy. Get Results.: Radical Management Attitudes That Will Deliver Outstanding Success Paperback – 28 Feb 2014
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“…a fun and breezy read…” (People Management, April 2014)
“His book is a refreshing antidote to the blandness of so many ‘how I made it big’ business books. In it, he commends a very different style of leadership to the usual, preferring instinct, quirkiness and chance–taking over the usual management–speak.” (IDG Connect, April 2014)
“A wonderful read. Not for the faint–hearted.” (Dialogue, June 2014)
“…well worth reading as it will challenge your ′norms′ and make you think about how you really can get the best out of your people.” (CMI Book Club, July 2014)
Top Customer Reviews
This is not a dry, life sucking, horrible medicine, must-read-because-it-will-be-good-for-you book. Also, Michael Tobin does not come across as big headed, do what I say not what I do kind of a guy.
I found this an easy read about a man who puts vision over strategy. He writes stories to help you and I think differently, to break the traditional way of doing things and getting the same results as normal.
From swimming with sharks to being abducted, he seems like a maverick but just has a fearless creative way of getting his message across. He doesn't claim to know it all or have world hunger solved but he gets his ideas across in a concise way.
The book itself, is moderately short (246 pages) with a sensible size font. It is broken down into 10 chapters all beginning with F :Fear to Failure to Future, fortunately they are not overplayed and he doesn't get stuck trying to make them work.
He book is full of quotes from him and other people and if you like quotes then there are plenty. A common theme is that he feels that vision is everything and at such a high level it means that you should never get stuck following a detailed strategy blindly. He recommends that you articulate your vision and then let the assigned leaders figure out how to get the end result without interference. His advice is to hire people better than you so it's not about managing people, it's about leading them.
The fact that he is English gets rid of some of the Americanisms and the preachy style and brings it down to earth.
I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as its full of life and a joy to read. But I do realise that you cannot forget strategy completely but need to constantly review it to ensure it aligns with the vision. His mantra "regret nothing" shows a different style of leadership that I would like to see more in more leaders.
I started not liking it. The photo at the back portrays a smug looking bloke carefully dressed to be informally scruffy and the first few pages do reflect, at least to me, someone who loves themselves just a bit too much. There's also a fairly rich reinvention of the past going on throughout. But then you start to identify a little, and then a little more, with how he's fashioned his whole approach as a leader or inspiration to his people.
His absolute focus is on relationships and values as bedrock to a solid culture that will inevitably achieve beyond the norm. I believe that too. You then simply have to sprinkle a good dose of luck and he's had some; but much of it is made by this own effort.
In the end you get a solid set of guidelines for how to be a great leader, but are left with a feeling that he's compensating for something, with all the 'workaholic' style choices he makes day in and day out. Striving and doing, yeah that's great and he's achieved a huge amount, but at what personal price? Only he and those close to him can answer.
f you like a broadly eastern philosophical approach and like good business too then read this. It's not the best of either, but as I mentioned it straddles both well enough to be worth your time. It's not very long and the print is large, so it's a quick and easy read!
The good thing about this book is that the author is a successful person is telling how they have approached things and how those things worked for them. What is less convincing is that his methods are going to help you but it's an easy read and I certainly found number of things that resonated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real eye opener and a refreshing way to look at business and life in general. A must read for all aspiring Entrepreneurs !!!Published 8 months ago by Bhimal Rai
I had the pleasure of working with Mike for many years and found this useful (in fact much as I did for Mikes genourous advice over many years).Published 11 months ago by David Hall
Mike Tobin has a way of thinking that is at odds to many others, and that's what makes this book worth reading. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ian Howlett
I enjoy books by people that approach management from a different angle - one that questions or even slaughters the old 'Holy Cows' that have become so tediously expounded upon for... Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. Towns
Truly inspirational. Ten chapters of all the F's..Fear, Freedom, Flexibility, through to Focus, Fun, and Future. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Adam Smith
This is a great book for stories about motivation and encourages you to think in those terms rather than looking at the strategic longer term picture. Read morePublished 19 months ago by AlanMusicMan
I'm not management material myself, but I found this interesting and often funny nonetheless. Down to earth details about the career of a high flying CEO.Published 23 months ago by Mr. J. Tobin
Shame he just got fired from Telecity - board wanted a changed in strategy.Published 23 months ago by MR M R HALL
This is one lovely book, nice quality paper, great quality printing, and I was absolutely hooked by it...couldnt put it down. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Hammond