Based on years of research, Sydney Finkelstein, professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and author of Why Smart Executives Fail, looks at how a select few visionaries develop the most successful talent in every industry
After meeting chef Alice Waters at her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, Sydney Finkelstein got to thinking about the dozens of chefs who had come from her establishment to open their own restaurants and gain notoriety as some of the country's most creative culinary figures. Waters, he found, had spawned a family tree of geniuses. Could this pattern exist in other industries?
After years of research, Finkelstein found that similarly powerful mentors did indeed exist across every industry from finance to entertainment to fashion and the arts, and they created a network of superstars in their communities using techniques that are varied and often counterintuitive.
Finkelstein profiles luminaries such as Waters, Lorne Michaels, Miles Davis, Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, and Bonnie Fuller. Drawing on fascinating first-person accounts and surprising best practices, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that has never been researched before and explains how any leader can create a powerful network and nurture extraordinary talent.
©2016 Sydney Finkelstein (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Interesting stories about influential people. But, if what you're looking for is instruction/advice on becoming a better boss, this isn't the book for you.
A lot of the advice is either silly (don't hire good people, hire exceptional people!) or unhelpful (work all day and night and expect your people to work all day and night).
The performance is very good.
The gist of the book is that Superbosses are a blend of demanding leaders and excellent teachers. If they were simply demanding, they would be successful leaders. If they only guided younger generations, they would be mentors. They are Superbosses because they have developed a lot of successful proteges during their tenure, many of them moving on to becoming successful leaders themselves. There were a few interesting insights about Superbosses, such hiring individuals for their exceptionality not necessarily qualification for a job or randomly talking to employees in the company and getting a fresh perspective. Superbosses encourage both collaboration and competition among employees. This is analogous to coaching a team - everyone needs to work together to win the game but yet at the same time, each person wants to be the best player on the team. The book is more of a collection of success stories than how to be a Superboss or to pick out a Superboss to work for. Using sports as an analogy again, it is easy to pick out the winning teams, find all the commonalities among the coaches, and say this is what it takes to be a winning coach. If only it was that easy....
As a soon to be owner of a business, I've known how I want to do it and who I want to be for my people. Superbosses has given me clarity and, if you will, "permission" or maybe validation of my ideas around being an owner.
Thanks for a great book and inspiration!
If the author stayed with the title instead of injecting politics it would have been great. I am okay with the assertion that the author feels Donald Trump is not a superboss and Hillary Clinton is. However, when he dedicates an in-ordinate amount of time to describe Donald Trumps ego, when Trump is not even in his list of superbosses, it is apparent that the author simply wants to be political. It would be the equivalent of me writing a book about the top 20 US chefs, but then spend time tearing someone apart who is not on my list just to grind my axe.
Give a heads up that his book is a political statement in disguise.
The reader was fine.
Anger because I thought the premise was great and I was looking forward to listening to the whole thing and learning. Keep politics out.
Its not bad but...
Unfortunately I got the feeling that the book never left the preface, there's a lot of great information but the structure just didn't work for me. Every chapter the author goes all over the place mentioning quotes and short stories about what Superbosses do.
Literally, you could find a thousand times the author says "Superbosses do this, Superbosses do that". I would rather go deeper in the minds of each one of the Superbosses mentioned.
opened my eyes to a large perspective of how to get more out of myself and the individuals I manage. stay open to new ideas and feedback from above and below you. elevate people and they will in turn elevate me
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