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The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do | [Ken Blanchard, Mark Miller]

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

At one time or another, everyone in a position of authority, whether in a multi-national corporation or a local volunteer group, wonders what the key to great leadership is. Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller explore that important question in this revealing business fable. They uncover the secret that great leaders already know and detail what you need to do to truly inspire and motivate others.
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At one time or another, everyone in a position of authority, whether in a multi-national corporation or a local volunteer group, wonders what the key to great leadership is. Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller explore that important question in this revealing business fable. They uncover the secret that great leaders already know and detail what you need to do to truly inspire and motivate others.

©2004 The Blanchard Family Partnership and T. Mark Miller; (P)2004 HighBridge Company

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    Rajeev CransSwitzerland 05-04-05
    Rajeev CransSwitzerland 05-04-05
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    "Becoming a leader?"

    If you are moving into a new leadership role or need a refresher course to improve your skills, this book is for you. Written as a story, it is very easy to listen to. The concepts are simple but effective.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Hinsdale, MA, USA 04-27-05
    James Hinsdale, MA, USA 04-27-05
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    "A great place to work!"

    I recently interviewed a group of students looking for their first real position in the business world. To the question: "Describe for me your ideal work envirorment?" They all answered in the same basic way - I want to work for a leader that values me and my contributions. I want to work in an enviroment that expects results and values its team members. This book will give leaders a vision on how to do, what staff want of their leaders, and get great results for their Company!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-17-13
    James SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "To Serve Is The Best Form of Leadership"

    The Secret, is a really good book that talks about the secret of great leadership in some easy to follow steps and, with a simple change in philosophy (taking on a servitude attitude) is something that we all can and should develop.

    Author, Ken Blanchard breaks down his Secret approach to leadership in these simple steps.
    S.E.R.V.E

    S = seeing the vision

    - Leaders need to have a vision of where they’re going, how they’re going to get there and how effectively they can communicate the vision to the team


    E = engaging and empowering the team

    - Blanchard talks about how we can and should “engage the hearts… and not the hands/skills” of our teams that we work with. Also, we need to empower people to do and be the best they can be


    R = reinventing yourself

    - It I important to reinvent yourself and “refresh” your approach to how you operate your business and treat your team. Things change, and it’s important for all of us to keep up with the changes


    V = Valuing your relationships

    - Relationships are key. They are to be cherished and valued at the highest level. Again, things and people (their situations and needs) are always changing, so if you have a meaningful relationship with the team members, then you’ll be able to bring added value to your team and team member.


    E = embodying your values

    - Be clear about what your values are and if the team is living up to it. Take the time from time to time in updating team/business/relationship values as new members come onboard, dynamics change of you as a leader change

    I thought that this book really helped clarify why us purposeful leaders do what we do. I’m glad that I was able to read it and learn so much about what more that I can do in order to continue trying to be the best leader that I can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elias Papadopoulos Boston, Ma 01-02-13
    Elias Papadopoulos Boston, Ma 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't give me a fictional story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the stories overall message but I have grown tiered of the method of delivery.
    I would much rather the author share his wisdom directly with me rather than telling me a 3rd person story.


    Has The Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some good sound advice.


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    Selene Norton Oehrke-Business 08-17-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent Book"

    Most leadership books are dry. The author combined great lessons with an interesting story. Highly recommended.

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    Arday Fargo, ND, USA 04-06-06
    Arday Fargo, ND, USA 04-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book"

    You can't lead without serving. What a neat way to teach.

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    Patricia Gainesville, GA, USA 02-28-08
    Patricia Gainesville, GA, USA 02-28-08
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    "The Secret"

    I was not looking for this "The Secret" book. And how I ended up with this one, it is still a secret....but I listened to it anyway, after all I bought it. I found that it is not a good learning tool. More like a very boring story, not much information, more talk than anything. If you want self help...try somewhere else.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eun-Kyong ChuncheonKorea, Republic Of 03-24-05
    Eun-Kyong ChuncheonKorea, Republic Of 03-24-05 Member Since 2005
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    "very entertaining"

    Joy to the ear and heart. While listening to the Secret, I began to understand what is 'leadership'. And the narrator did such a good job.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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