A quality guide for busy executives seeking self-improvement.

Lead Now!


Two experts in teaching leadership skills and organizational development offer tips, exercises and opportunities for self-assessment.

Leadership takes a variety of talents—intelligence, certainly, but also other abilities, such as foresight, listening, delegating, strategic thinking and organizational savvy. While this may seem obvious, the vast number of bad bosses in existence is a testament to the fact that many lack at least one, if not more, of these essential skills. The authors have condensed their expertise into this easily digestible volume divided into four leadership quadrants—Create Purpose, Deliver Excellence, Develop Self and Others, and Lead Change—with chapter-length subsections in each quadrant. Each chapter contains a series of tips, a self-assessment section and a place for note taking, as well as answers to specific questions related to the chapter. Fortunately for busy executives strapped for reading time, this book replaces blocks of text with short, punchy, numbered tips written in plain English, allowing harried executives to stop reading at any point and pick up later where they left off. The self-assessment section provides a quick way for leaders—if they’re honest with themselves—to see how they rate in terms of taking important actions. In the Action Planning Notes section, the book contains plenty of white space for readers to scrawl whatever thoughts, ideas and inspirations come to mind. The book’s digestible size enables it to be easily slipped into a pocket or briefcase without trouble. Some of the information presented may seem obvious—i.e., take care of your customers, avoid jumping to conclusions, listen without judgment—but plenty of leaders still need the type of advice expertly laid out here.

A quality guide for busy executives seeking self-improvement.

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 2012

ISBN: 978-1930771406

Page Count: 264

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: July 3, 2013

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



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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