THE MAKING OF THE ACHIEVER: How to Win Distinction in Your Company by Allan Cox

THE MAKING OF THE ACHIEVER: How to Win Distinction in Your Company

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bromides, common sense, and an occasional nugget on executive leadership--from the author of Confessions of a Corporate Headhunter and The Cox Report on the American Corporation. According to Cox, leaders are achievers; achievers are ""other-centered, courageous, judicious, and resourceful""; and readers can both gauge and enhance those qualities here. The book, too, is tightly organized--into four sections, each subdivided into five short chapters, each launched with a quiz. (See Appendix B for the right answers.) Together, quizzes and text are designed to raise the reader's Achiever Index. Though Cox gives the usual advice about effective listening and honest talk, he also distinguishes between the real team player and the person who mistakes ""me too"" for a positive contribution. He reminds readers to look for holes both within a company's plans and within themselves. He makes four-square observations about getting up after losing a round, testing one's judgment, and finding good allies. And his boundless enthusiasm is offset by an emphasis on individual initiative and responsibility: you should apply the book's lessons, not just use it to boost your self-esteem. Congenial and applicable, of its kind.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1985
Publisher: Dodd, Mead