In this important audiobook, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas:
©2007 Bill George; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
"Bill George reminds us that compassion and understanding are as important qualities for business leaders as dedication and resolve." (President Jimmy Carter)
This book is founded on the concept of finding out what is important to you, your "True North". Nice leadership concept, but the examples used in the book were limited to CEOs. Not every "leader" is a CEO, in fact most are not. I was very disappointed in this book overall.
Laura the Listener
This book was recommended to me (a small business owner) VERY HIGHLY by someone who was once a very successful small business owner and now has a high level job in the corporate world. So maybe my expectations were too high. This book is really aimed at people in the corporate world, and a lot of the examples of people finding their "true north" actually happened after they were already extremely successful. I felt like the examples were often too clean cut, and the lessons seemed pretty basic. Towards the end I did feel like some of the things he was saying were useful, but up until that point the main messages are: 1) be yourself, 2) be a good person, and 3) when your boss asks you to do something immoral, follow your "true north" and you'll end up fine. Oh, and not only will this help you in business, but also in your marriage and friendships. Surprise.
So maybe I'm missing something? George is extremely successful, and the people interviewed for the book are also interesting. Maybe one day I'll hit a moment in my career where I have a decision to make and suddenly everything I listened to in this book will become more profound. But until then, most of the things he said are things we already know anyway. I guess it never hurts to get a reminder.
The content is clear and to the point. The performer keeps you engage. The story is full of learning lessons that most of us have yet to experience, but eventually will.
And when we do we will be better equipped to face a challenging situation (requiring good leadership) with a greater chance of succes than if we had never listened the audio version. Will probably purchase the hardcover so that I may butcher it with my highlighters!
At this time I'm listening in tandem the following: (1) The Contrarian's Guide To Leadership; (2) Leadership Isn't For Corwards; (3) Creating Magic; and, (4) Great Leaders Grow- which I plan to return because Ken Blanchard really missed the boat on this one. However, you will find the first three great companions to True North, as well as, to each other. On a side note, I urge all who find 'leadership' a must read to pick up a copy of: Leading At The Edge (Catherine McCarthy) and Endurance (Alfred Lansing).
Sorry about not using fancy words and/or eye catching phrases- I'm just down to earth, a plain talker, and, quite simple.
He keeps you engage and focus on the message.
South Is Not An Option!
I don't consider myself a smart person- but, I'm intelligent enough to know that I can learn from others and to know the difference between a good read as opposed to a poorly written book. I find this audio book to be a 4.5 to a 4.75!
This is a refreshing look at leadership and the qualities that flow from leading from your passion. He specifically suggests that successful leaders are "authentic leaders" and that authenticity comes from intrinsic or internal motivations rather than extrinsic motivation. Examples of intrinsic motivation include passions and desire to see things change for the better. Examples of extrinsic motivation include pay, power, prestige, etc. When intrinsically motivated, leaders are less likely to compromise their values and more likely to remain authentic. When extrinsically motivated, that is less often the case.
In all, this is a wonderful listen with great insight.
I chose this book out of a list of recommendations for MBA summer reading.
The reader didn't have much inflection, and it was difficult to determine when the reader was quoting someone else in the book.
Still the case studies of leaders in various businesses were very interesting! However, for my purposes, I think I would like to have a physical copy of this book in my hand so I could take notes.
I was pretty excited to read this book, but then found it incredibly painful to listen to. The title of this post is really what I spent $20+ (and more importnatly, 8 hours) to learn. The author did indeed prove that he is logical (the title is not the only mantra he repeats throughout the book, others include: "being a consensus leader means that you build concensus", "living a full life means both in professional and personal life", and the like). Unfortunately what the author failed at is to provide one piece of insight thoughout the book. If you can skip this book and save yourself time and money, at least my listen will not go in vain. Good luck!
Since I'm not allowed to read and drive, this is a great way to fill the 30 min (one way) trip.
Lead with authenticity.
The section on mentoring explains how it should be a two-way communication between people that have mutual respect for each other. I have been involved in mentoring programs before and it typically is a one-way street where the more experienced individual is passig all the intelligence.
This book has a plethora of information on how to be a leader. This book is great for any level of leadership in any situation from the boardroom to the battlefront.
Informative, Engaging, Relative
The stories shared by real leaders revealing the moments of their crucibles and triumphs were real to me. Understanding that the best of the best in leadership became so by being true to themselves, aligning their work with their values, and being genuine and in some cases vulnerable with the people they were charged to lead was critical to driving home the premise of this book.
Mark Adams is well spoken, not monotone and engaging as a story teller.
No, this is a book that delivers a message. I did not find myself to be emotionally engaged.
Stories of executives challenged personally and professionally were inspiring. The narrator is not the easiest to listen to for a long drive.
A great read for those assessing current career direction and performance.
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