Had this on audible book driving to and from work and have also purchased the hardcopy version and have read the first few chapters. What a great forwarding by Sir Clive Woodward...
What really strikes me about this book, is in its purest sense it strips back all the nonsense (bullsh t) layers that you can get with some Management and Leadership books and cuts straight to the point (get stuff done!)
Well done to the author and would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in “how to work better”!
This is a really useful and readable book that I've immediately found useful in assessing how I approach and run my own business (and life). Hirst rightly puts a lot of emphasis on culture, and how to create a happy and productive work environment. The author also stresses the need for leaders to be able to listen, 'walk the walk', and make sure they focus on their own personal development. There are some great references to other business (and literary) books which bring things to life, and I particularly like the key takeaways at the end of each chapter. A lot of business books keep repeating the same point, but this has more depth while at the same time being easily digestible.
There are many books on the subject of leadership and I have read a multitude of those. For me this book is as it suggests a straight forward, clear and massively implementational approach to leadership. Within this book the author breaks down in simple terms aspects of leadership you can apply at each chapter and not have to wait till the end for the final “secret”. It is a quick and easy read backed up with relevant studies. The biggest thing for me was that the author is not someone who used to be a leader but someone who is applying their trade daily to running a global business. I have bought three copies of this book and gifted them to friends as I believe management and staff at all levels can benefit from its teachings.
This is the best Leadership book I have read. Like the phrase "everyday Leaders" and what it means. The definition of leadership outlined in this book makes total sense yet very relatable. It is easy to read with a "down-to-earth" tone. Yet it is embedded with wisdom that would benefit many "everyday leaders" including me. There are framework and tips can be used to improve leadership skills and effectiveness. I would strongly recommend. In fact I have bought a few books for my friends and clients which I think would benefit from this book.
I bought this book after I read a review of it in the Evening Standard. It was a really easy, read with a very down-to-earth voice from the author. I think I'll use many of its tips and hints. Would definitely recommend.
One of the best business books I’ve read to be honest. It goes straight for the jugular, grabs it with both hands and lassos it around your procrastinating little head whilst shouting ‘Shall we all stop pissing around here and do the stuff that really matters?’. It’s packed with punchy logic and colourful examples, and is both refreshingly and (sometimes) painfully direct. There’s no padding, no fluff, no hyperbole nor jargon and certainly no wandering off topic, just a very eloquent, well-crafted and practical critique of the laser-like focus, action and visible impact needed by today’s leaders in order to set clear directions, inspire teams, and create healthy winning cultures built on real progress and results. We’ve all read our fair share of business books - most claim they will transform your career as well as your perspective on life. For me, this one just might…
I don't think I've ever found a non-fiction book unputdownable before.
I have been gushing about this as there are a few people that NEED to read this.
Extremely refreshing, Hirst bases this on his own successes and failings; the failings being as important as the successes. Reading this will help you make some really quick decisions as it shines a light on effective leadership. It's written with such clarity that it now almost feels like common sense. Leadership isn't easy and the reader isn't patronised but encouraged. Great references and examples away from the boardroom.
I listened to the audio version on train and car journeys and found myself nodding in agreement. Excellent practical and usable content for anyone in a leadership role, delivered in an engaging and interesting way. Will be buying a few books and recommending to colleagues and business associates.