"People don't want to be managed, they want to be led."
Within the beginning of this book, you'll realize something with new clarity: Managers are a dime a dozen. Most people know or can learn how to manage. But leaders? They're something special - and what they contribute to an organization is what sets it apart from the competition.
Effective leaders make the difference between an organization that succeeds and one that stagnates. Effective leaders make solid decisions, but they take it a step further - they bring the guidance, vision, creativity, and motivation necessary to powerfully execute the decisions. They influence behavior, shape goals, and encourage the best. An influential leader's footprint is forever engraved on a successful organization's heart.
The good news is that you can also learn to be the kind of leader who makes a difference. And this book - written by one of the best - will teach you how.
©2015 Art F. Coombs III (P)2016 Art F. Coombs III
Here's the thing...the book itself was not so bad. Lots of cheeky stories, some kind of unbelievable but I could still appreciate the message in them and the overall messages from the book. That being said, the Narrator was without a doubt in my mind, the worst I've ever heard. At times it was downright laughable...he pronounced the PLAIN ENGLISH word 'music' as 'muzak'! Paradigm was para-did-jim...what??? Not just that, the recording quality was crappy. He had weird pauses where he couldn't keep up with the reading or stumbled over words all over the place! How did this guy get to be a narrator? Seriously, how? How?? And not just the narrator...sometimes the volume was high, sometimes low. This really seemed like amateur hour here. I think I would have gotten a lot better benefits from reading the book. Shaking my head.
Anger, frustration, befuddlement
Yes definitely - the narration was easy to listen to, smooth and crisp.
When the author shared with us the story of a mistake that cost a company a half million dollars. He was rightly terrified of telling his boss, and dreaded making the phone call. His boss ended up essentially brushing it off, telling Art he knew that it wouldn’t happen again. To have a leader who believes in you that much, is quite incredible. As Art says “True leaders expect, aid and encourage honest mistakes by their employees. They show employees that honest mistakes are the methods by which we progress.”
No, this is my first
Nothing too extreme - just made me smile and appreciate the fact there are still companies/employers out there who truly respect and value their employees.
My first thought after listening to this book is, how can *I* work for Mr. Coombs? This book is a fantastic resource for pretty much ANY individual in the work force, whether you are low man on the totem pole, or CEO. The author provides us with many examples to back up his theory and belief that people want to be LED, not managed. I appreciated that he shared examples from his own personal life, as well as from various jobs he has held. What resonated most with me was his emphasis on leaders creating an EMOTIONAL connection between themselves and those they lead. I think this is so important, and so NOT the case with many leaders in today’s work force. He mentions how most leaders are concerned with P&L (profit and loss) when they should be focused on P&E (people and empathy). I couldn't agree more!
The narration was easy to listen to and the lessons were motivational. I listened to this in the car on the way to work and I found it to be very uplifting and got me thinking positively about what changes I can implement in my own approach!
This is a self-help, personal development, business book and could be compared to others in those arenas.
I enjoyed the author's personal stories.
Very uplifting and definitely a "call to action" book.
Great book with a lot of very helpful resources for people who want to be successful leaders not only in the professional space but personal as well. I found a lot of the stories to be ones that could relate to any person from corporate to at home individuals
There were a couple times where the narrator slipped up in his dictation - but nothing too serious that drew away from the overall reading of the book.
I would for sure recommend this to anyone who is looking to improve their leadership skills, and in fact I have already.
Overall, great book in regards to leadership and one that will stand out in the mass of books about leadership and management.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Don’t Just Manage – Lead! is a very insightful and informative look at what it takes to truly be a strong leader, both in a professional and personal capacity. Coombs focuses on the leadership skills needed to get the results you are looking for, such as communicating goals, focusing on and understanding yours and other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to motivate teams, etc. The topics he focuses on are all important to leadership, but what makes each stand out is how the author presents the topics. He makes his point in each chapter and then greatly enriches and brings life to the topics with stories and anecdotes. He details key moments in famous leaders lives or important and relevant moments in his own life that helps deeply develop the ideas that build great leadership, and in my opinion this makes the book much more inspiring. I liked that this wasn’t just a quick look at the bare points or characteristics that make a good leader but rather really tackles what leadership means with real life experiences and advice.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Yes, because it helped me to be more confident.
Honestly, I ave no idea.
There wasn't really any characters as it's a self help book.
Honestly, the title works perfect.
I just have to say, this being one of the few audiobooks I’ve listened to, it's so convenient! I can be out and about running errands and listen to it in my car. Really, anywhere. It makes it easier when you want to read but are busy. I’ll be doing this more often.
There have been times in my previous work where I have had to be in “charge” so to speak of a particular committee or group. Have you ever been in that position where it felt like instead of dealing grown adults, you’re dealing with grade scholars? That happened to me a number of times. That’s why I found this audio book useful. I wish now that I had it then. It would have given me more insight!
Arthur talks about what it takes to be truly good at what you do in life and do it with confidence. We all lack some of this somewhere or at some time in our lives. I appreciated the fact that he talks about as if it was one on one person. Too many times books like this are lectures. You don’t want to feel like you’re getting lectured when you are trying to better yourself.
I found it refreshing that he talks about his own experiences with struggling to be in the forefront and succeed. He doesn’t approach it as he is better than the rest of us. I also loved the fact that what he has talked about can be used in more ways than just your career. As he tells his own story about his father, it’s a reminder that you can take some of that information and use it with your kids. Especially if you have teenagers and find it hard to get things across.
Over all I felt like Arthur was giving me a boost in the right direction and not boring me with a droning lecture that I had expected when it comes to self help and motivational books. Instead I found myself smiling, making notes and engrossed. I give it a 5 out of 5!
This is a great book that provides ample resources for those who want to become better leaders. It is not just limited to those who work in management either; if you want to be a great leader for any community project this book has great suggestions that point you the direction of being the best leader you can be. You can even apply his leadership tips to other professions; as a teacher I have to act as a leader plenty of times, and while a lot of things he said went right along with my teaching style (better to make the mistakes on paper, self-esteem exercises, etc) there were a few new things I learned that I will most definitely apply to my profession.
The author certainly knows what he is talking about; he gives plenty of examples, his experiences and those of leaders in the past, in order to pinpoint what it takes to be a great leader. With the experiences of the past though I don’t know if I would have chosen Walt Disney as his prime example of his first leader, but that could come with my biases about Disney and watching too much “Adam Ruins Everything.” Otherwise he has some prime examples, my favorite and who I thought was most fitting being Rosa Parks.
Finally, I really enjoyed how he narrated the book. It was almost as if I were sitting in a big hall and he was giving this talk to me as a university student. His seminar tone resonated with those who talk about making big changes to the world on TED Talks. He talks clearly and at a reasonable pace, though I might have heard him stutter once or twice. If it were a seminar I wouldn’t have blamed him, but seeing as this is an audio book that he would have had the chance to edit the stutter threw me off a bit.
Would recommend this to anyone who is looking to improve their leadership skills.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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What I liked most is the enthusiasm portrayed. Made me believe the message.
Just Do It.
Coombs has created a leadership textbook that separates itself from the vast ocean of management books flooding the genre. Through the sharing of personal experiences, thorough analysis of those milestones, and an honest reflection of the benefits of said events, Coombs is able to contribute in a positive manner that motivates the reader to capitalize from this wisdom.
It was written in a down-to-earth voice. Even though I have never worked in the corporate world, I found a lot of the stories and lessons applicable in my own little world I manage (my home, family, and homeschool groups).
Coombs opens up about himself and discusses his failures as well as his successes. He doesn't portray himself in an arrogant manner. In fact, he encourages leaders to be vulnerable in order to really lead. I loved that advice.
No, but it was entertaining enough I could have. I certainly enjoyed listening. Coombs tells quite a few stories to illustrate his points.
The performer occasionally slipped up. It didn't detract from the telling too much, but it was noticeable.
I have not read the print version of Don't Just Manage-Lead! but I would highly recommend this edition to anyone interested in learning better management skills. I may not be a manager, but I am a Mom and learned some new techniques to utilize at home. I loved being able to listen to this version as it felt more of like a pep talk from a colleague.
I personally liked the examples of professional leaders that were given. Not only did the author touch upon their achievements, but he also discussed their failures and the long arduous road that it was in order to become a great leader. I especially enjoyed the references to Walt Disney, as I am a Disney enthusiast and it most definitely captured my attention more.
There weren't really characters portrayed. I personally liked him best as the author, Arthur Coombs. Performing an author is a difficult job, but I feel that Ramsey did an excellent job. He was able to adjust well to the feelings depicted in the reading and it makes the listener able to follow along much better.
This is a rather interesting question. I am not great at witty lines; however, I do think that this may do: "Leadership... it's the key ingredient to Great Management."
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning great management/leadership skills. We all could use some of this advice on a daily basis. It was an easy listen and one could definitely finish listening to this book in a weekend. I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.
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