I regard this title as the most valuable self-development download from Audible that I have read in the past year. I wish I had read this book years ago. This is head-and-shoulders above most other business books.
Deborah Benton promotes six practices to achieve and maintain executive charisma:
1. Be the first to initiate.
2. Expect and give acceptance to maintain esteem.
3. Ask questions and ask favors.
4. Stand tall, straight and smile.
5. Be human, humorous and hands-on.
6. Slow down, shut up, and listen.
Her explanations of this somewhat counter-intuitive guidance is engaging and makes good sense once it is described. Since I have been practicing these pointers, my popularity and influence at the office has soared.
I guess I had a sense of these qualities among the people I admired (and on good days, myself), but I thank Ms. Benton for codifying and explaining them.
The narrator, Anna Fields, has a superb voice: business-like and at the same time warm, and very listenable. She places the correct emphasis on words and phrases like a professional actress -- perhaps she is -- and gives a five-star performance.
Highest recommendation for those who wish to advance in their managerial careers.
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