This book was an assigned reading text for a college course in leadership. Mike's stories and approach to leadership will prove to be an essential foundation for building my leadership skills. Following his strategy for finding and defining my leadership maxims, what they mean to me, what they represent, and how I will use them to lead myself and my people will help me make the sometimes tough decisions that I will face as a leader. I will use my maxims and continue to evolve with them over time. This book is a great read and Mike does a great job of being relatable, funny, and wise. Thank you Mike for sharing your maxims with us and for speaking to our class, we really enjoyed it.
On page 13 of this wonderful and inspiring book by leadership consultant Mike Figliuolo he says, "If you are serious about trying a new approach to leadership and you are committed to writing your own set of (leadership) maxims, you need to think of this as a 'WORKbook' and not (just) a 'reading book'."
Well, I have to admit that the first time I quickly read through this book a few months ago, I failed to take his advice and just thought of it as a "reading book." Doing so, I found his approach interesting and thought-provoking (i.e., his central premise of separating leadership into four aspects: leading yourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading a balanced life), and I enjoyed his authentic, transparent, and highly personalized leadership style, approach, and storytelling ability.
But this weekend I decided to pick it up again, this time taking his advice seriously and using it as a "workbook" -- and I'm so glad I did! Willing to put in "the WORK" and play along at home, the powerful end result is that I now have my own set of personal leadership maxims -- words, phrases, and images that succinctly represent and communicate to myself and to others who I am, and what I believe, as a leader - all written out on One Piece of Paper!
So in addition to the many valuable leadership lessons learned from READING this book, going through the reflective exercises inspired by the book simply reinforced the fact once again that if you truly want to develop your leadership capabilities, you really need to be willing to make the time, and take the time to do the work.
Having experienced its power first-hand, I will now gladly recommend this book to my clients and to my NYU students as an essential addition to their leadership development toolkits.
This book is a book that encourages you to take your time and reflect on yourself. It forces you to dig deep and expose what's really important to you as a leader. Mike guides you to create short maxims that will help others understand how you deal with problems or creating solutions and so much more. Most of the book out there are redundant and are really dry, but this book is an easy read and just hooks you from the very start.
This book centers on a theme I am increasingly noting in management and leadership books the past couple years. That theme is simplicity. Less is more.
Mike explains how to define your leadership maxims on one piece of paper. A maxim is a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct.
Mike lists his maxims on page 230 of the book. One of Mike's more memorable maxims are "Burger King is hiring" to remind himself that if he does not like his job, he can quit and flip burgers.
Some of my maxims are: 1. Success is NOT logical. This is my secular translation of my life verse, Romans 12:2. 2. I'm terrific but improving. Zig Ziglar taught me this. 3. Cliff Notes. My goal is to always make something that's complex, simple to understand.
I got many good ideas from reading this book and recommend it to anyone who needs to gain a fresh new perspective on where they've been, are today and where you want to go.
This is the newest book in my list of 12 most consequential books for new leaders. I include it because Mike Figliuolo provides a concise way for you to identify your own leadership motivations and values, and to develop maxims that will provide clarity for you and your team. I particularly appreciate his emphasis on simplicity and power. No buzzwords here! If you do the work, you will build your leadership philosophy on one sheet of paper which you will come back to repeatedly over your lifetime.
One Piece of Paper is not to be taken lightly - there is a lot of work to get down to one piece of paper with your deepest leadership values, beliefs, and paradigms in language that resonates for you and is accessible for others. This one is worth the read - but only if you do the work!
Mike created a book about leadership that is practical to apply. So many leadership books espouse useful ideas but leave the reader more informed but no more effective than before he/she purchased the book. Mike's book is actionable. When I first read the book, I created my own maxims. It was an interesting and useful exercise. While the process seems easy, I found that it required a great deal of thought to create something to live by and even more thought to move from words on paper to concrete actions that drive my behavior on a daily basis.
In addition to being actionable, his four categories address an important foundation of leadership that is often overlooked, I am not only leading others - I must also lead myself. As a leader, it is critical to understand what you stand for and for others to know what you stand for. Good leaders can lead others. Great leaders lead themselves based on their principles. It is what gives them a "north star" to sustain their performance during the toughest of times.
Mike's examples bring the concepts to life. I highly recommend this book!