In his latest business fable, top leadership author Mark Miller tells the story of newly appointed CEO Blake Brown, who takes over a company distressed by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous job seems to help him deal with the bigger, more complex problems he now faces. The game has changed. As his new mentor points out, Blake is playing a simple game of checkers when he should be playing chess. Miller uses this metaphor to show how leaders can encourage deep, strategic thinking throughout an organization and utilize the unique abilities of each employee (bishops move differently than knights). He explains how to apply the "chess not checkers" mentality in four critical areas: leadership development, employee engagement, organizational alignment, and execution. This is an appealing, accessible guide to helping all leaders think ahead, plan their moves, and avoid getting checkmated by circumstances or competitors.
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Chess Not Checkers is an interesting metaphor for business strategy. It's true and it's essential. This book does a good job of telling a parable of the potential for more involved thinking.
As a business strategy book, the story is quite simplistic and unrealistic - like a fairy tale - so I wouldn't recommend it to experienced business readers who will likely already understand this.
While not a bad book, it frustrated me because real life is not so simple. People fear and resist change - even when it is in their better interest. People make mistakes and and have a difficult time learning advanced strategies. Many are not even capable of the complex and proactive thinking required of an advanced strategy like chess.
I found the narration too slow and listened to this at 2x speed.
Yes because the novelty of a story vs. a list of concepts was nice.
With the company being vague - pointed out at the beginning - made it tough to figure out how they actually did for the four steps. It would have been nice to have more detail on how the team accomplished each step instead of them hearing the step and being told to go do it.
Mark Miller again has hit a home run! People minimize the work leadership and Mark helps show the difference between "managing" and "leading"
So well done. I study and speak on culture and employee engagement and this book lays it out in a simple manner. The ideas I feel are rooted in research and experience and are spot on. So well done. Raving fan here.
So you have to suspend disbelief a bit to get past the storyline, but if you can do that its a really good listen. Good suggestions, but I do wish they would have gotten a little deeper into some other strategies to overcome pushback or challenging staff.
just heard it for the third time and every time get something new. strongly recommend it
Mark Miller didn't exceptional job of understanding the key moves of extraordinary companies lead by incredible leaders!
The analogy of business being more like just not checkers is absolutely brilliant! This book is a must read for anybody in leadership wants to personally improve their leadership as well as their organization's capacity to to excel and achieve greater success.
Great job Mark, keep researching and keep writing!
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