Jumpstart Your Leadership- 10 Jolts to Leverage Your Leadership
Are you a leader? Would like to be a better leader? Would you like to be a leader in the future? Then this book is for you. In this book Shawn Doyle will show you the tools tips and techniques for becoming the kind of leader that other people want to follow.
Jumpstart Your Leadership will share with you the 10 key principles of leveraging your leadership.
Mission and vision- the important and compelling reasons why every organization large and small needs to have a mission and vision statement in order to lead effectively.
Strategic planning- strategic planning is absolutely critical to the long-term health of an organization. However in many cases leaders are not skilled at planning short, mid-term and long-term. Shawn shows them specifically how to plan and think strategically about the future which is a core leadership competency.
Hiring- hiring in many organizations is done very poorly, haphazardly and the track record of success is appalling. Shawn shows leaders how to interview and hire people effectively and shares a shocking concept about hiring people that they have probably never heard.
Communication- in many organizations leaders think that they are communicating effectively-but they would be wrong. The reality is most leaders think they're communicating effectively but when employees are asked they say they don't feel "in the loop" or that the communication is not effective in any way. So why is there two different versions of effective communication? This chapter will unlock the keys to effectively communicating in a leadership role.
Motivation- one of the biggest questions that Shawn gets in the classroom around the country is how can leaders motivate their employees? In this chapter he shares the inside secrets for getting the team motivated and only high levels of morale and team spirit.
Reward- too many times in too many organizations high-performing employees feel under-appreciated overworked and not rewarded. In this chapter Shawn shares with them many of the myths about reward and how they can be shattered. He also shares the key strategies for rewarding people in order to impact of rewards and to increase people's perception of their rewards.
Accountability- far too many times managers are reluctant to hold employees accountable for the results of their work. In this section Shawn shares the key tools and techniques for holding people accountable for their work and for the results of their work.
Development- Shawn believes that one of the key responsibilities of a person in a leadership role is to provide employees with the development that they deserve and need. He will show leaders how to put an end to the concept of a "dead end job."
Storytelling- Shawn believes that an important competency of leadership is being able to tell stories that reinforce and help build the culture of an organization. In this section leaders will learn how to become a competent and powerful storyteller as a leader.
Authenticity- many books of late have been written about the importance of authenticity and honesty. This chapter shares with leaders the importance of being "who they are" within the framework of their organization.
In addition to covering all of these topics, each section of the book includes a "work it" section at the end of the chapter which encourages the leader to turn the concepts that they learned into action.. This section allows people in a leadership role to create a plan for acting on the information that they just learned.
This book simply and powerfully captures the key elements for being a truly effective and impactful leader in any environment.
For the past 23 years Shawn Doyle has traveled the country as a speaker and trainer teaching leadership development programs to corporate America. As a result of this experience Shawn engineered a comprehensive leadership development program. This book is a summary of that program. Many leaders have commented that these concepts are life changing. Some clients include Pfizer, Comcast, Charter Media, IBM, Kraft, Microsoft, The Marines, The Ladders, and Los Alamos National Defense Laboratory.
This is a short and to the point leadership book. Doyle points out how companies need a good mission and vision statement. If your company does have a M&V statement how is it lived out in the company. Doyle uses a lot of personal stories to emphasize his point. Each chapter has a few questions to answer so you make an action plan how to work out his ideas. Some points I wish he would have had a little more real life applications but he kept the book short.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, these insights enrich your relationships and productivity in the workplace. The topics and approach methods covered in this book are essential to effective management.
Have you listened to any of Rich Germaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
In the past I've found it easy to dismiss management books, thinking, "I don't have that kind of experience. That doesn't apply to me." The narrator's performance made this material applicable. Rich brought these topics to life for me. I felt like I had a coach talking to me personally, empowering me to take action.
Any additional comments?
With a performance by Rich Germaine that makes this book personal, "Jumpstart Your Leadership" made my morning commute productive. Each day I walked into the office with a positive attitude and a sense of purpose. What a great way to start the day.