A straightforward and forthcoming guide to leadership that stands apart from others in its field.

LEADERSHIP

THE ART OF INSPIRING PEOPLE TO BE THEIR BEST

A retired Army major general distills lessons about leadership that he learned over the course of his decorated career.

Debut author Whelden has no shortage of experience as a boss. During a career that spanned half a century, he rose to the rank of major general in the Army, and was a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Marine Corps. In this brief reflection—well under 200 pages in length—he lucidly analyzes the principles that led to his success; he summarizes this analysis at the end of the book, under the heading “Whelden Philosophy of Command.” Over the course of the book, he covers a broad and familiar spectrum of topics, highlighting the nature and importance of personal character and effective communication, the delegation of responsibility, and the fundamental principles of risk management, among other concepts. In the well-populated genre of leadership books, it’s exceedingly difficult to explore new territory. However, the author does so by freely drawing upon his own truly remarkable experiences during the transformation of the military following the Vietnam War to the conclusion of the Cold War, and beyond. His professional background is uncommonly diverse; for example, he commanded an Army base in Germany, where he was responsible for thousands of civilian employees, including German nationals. Along with an insider’s peek into the U.S. military, Whelden provides intriguing running commentary on historical events, including the 9/11 attacks, during which he was serving as the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Pacific. His extraordinary career, and the high stakes of his military life, lend the book an authority that one often doesn’t find in leadership literature: “military leadership is different. It is about ensuring a nation’s survival, preventing its decline, or, worst case, its demise. It is about life and death.” The author’s unflinching pragmatism is also a distinguishing virtue of this work, as his goal is to guide readers, not mollify them: “Reach for the stars, but be mindful of the fact that not everyone can be #1.” Overall, Whelden’s life story is as inspiring as his counsel is instructive.

A straightforward and forthcoming guide to leadership that stands apart from others in its field.

Pub Date: March 20, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-73384-113-9

Page Count: 186

Publisher: New Insights Press

Review Posted Online: July 2, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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