Practical leadership wisdom in an abbreviated, punchy format.
Former Fortune 100 company manager and change-management consultant Bohn (Architects of Change, 2016) serves up an intriguing, if not entirely new, spin on the topic of business leadership. His book is essentially a collection of rapid-fire, pithy tips and advisories that even the busiest executive will have time to take in. It’s divided into four sections (“Self Leadership,” “Team Leadership,” “Organizational Leadership,” and “Philosophy of Leadership”), each comprising “Tools, Techniques & Hot Spots” subsections that deftly identify desirable behaviors, leadership concepts, and touchy subjects worthy of attention. One “Tool,” for example, quickly covers the concept of “leadership persona,” while another touches on how to “create the conditions for motivation.” One “Technique” asks the provocative question, “Is Your Organizational Behavior Driving People Away?” “Hot Spots” is perhaps the most interesting component, offering eye-opening, pointed discussions of real-world leadership challenges, such as “Career Wake-Up Calls,” “How to Survive Organizational Dragons,” and “Want to Think Outside the Box? Stop Putting People in Them!” Part of the value of Bohn’s book is in his down-to-earth ability to authoritatively convey advice without sugarcoating it. He seems to delight in busting myths and raising eyebrows, and some of his statements are both amusing and insightful, such as, “Listen, but ignore the noise,” “Leadership craziness leads to Organizational Attention Deficit Disorder,” and “Buzzwords can be a sign of organizational laziness.” Such a blunt attitude isn’t a bad thing, and the author’s overall message is decidedly uplifting. He also offers personal experiences that highlight moments of fallibility, which should make leaders think twice about the impact of their own actions.
A highly accessible, refreshing, and action-oriented approach to leadership by a sagacious observer.