So many books have titles that claim to simplify and then do the exact opposite that it is a delight to find one that actually does that. Radcliffe achieves the Einstein standard of 'Everything should be made as simple as possible and no simpler' in a very compact package. Now a recommended text on our leadership programmes the F.E.D model is so memorable and the concepts around it so elegant that the participants take to it straight away. A great book and interestingly in my estimation sits nicely alongside Peter Szabo' Coaching Plain and Simple even though they are not in a series - great minds ........
This book breaks down leadership to three aspects making it 'plain and simple'. The hard part is in the conscious practice. Steve Radcliffe has written the book in such a way that he is with you on your leadership journey. This book is practical rather than theoretical. If you want to be more effective as a leader this is the book for you. Now on my 3rd copy; once you read the book you want to share it with your friends/colleagues.
I really don't see why this has so many good reviews!
It's a load of old twaddle. He says the same things over and over "Be in Leadership mode, not Manager mode" OK well what does that mean in real life practical terms? How do I become a leader exactly? There's no clear cut advice like "Speak loudly, clearly and with confidence", "Learn the names, birthdays and children of everyone you work with" for example. He's hell bent on name dropping and saying "X of Y Ltd follows FED so you should too".
I really struggled to get past chapter 4. This book is so boring and unhelpful. It's typical upper management spiel that says nothing of value.