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Award winning book on how leaders achieve immediate and sustainable results by balancing six key priorities while minding their organization's stage in the business life cycle.
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"Full of intelligent insights and practical information that'll inspire you to set your priorities and make sure you achieve them. Written in an straightforward, no-nonsense style that every businessperson appreciates." - Jim Kouzes, coauthor, "The Leadership Challenge", Chairman Emeritus, Tom Peters Company
“A great business book provides three things: relevant theory, practical application, and concrete examples. Dr. Lippitt’s provides all three in abundance. I’m sure time will prove that connecting leadership roles to business results and business cycles is an outstanding contribution to the field.” - Robert W. Pike, Chairman-CEO, The Bob Pike Group; founder-editor, "The Creative Training Techniques" newsletter; author, "The Creative Training Techniques Handbook"
"Mary Lippitt provides a new and compelling angle on leadership--helping us to understand that it involves six differing priorities. The book provides tools for everyone to become masters of this difficult balancing act. - Jay A. Conger, author "Building Leaders"
"Especially valuable is the insight regarding the leader's need to diagnose the organization's current stage of development, and then draw on those personal behaviors that build that priority into the organization." - John Zenger, Vice Chairman, Provant, Inc.
"Lippitt shares easily applied, successful techniques that help leaders focus their scarce time and energy on six specific priorities to produce the greatest return on their investment." - Candice L. Phelan, Ph.D, Director of Learning Services, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Amazon.com Reader Reviews
A Major Paradigm-Shift from Traditional Leadership Models
October 31, 2008
By Larry E. Fehd
Mary Lippitt's book offers a new perspective on the relationship between leadership performance and business results. Dr. Lippitt's brilliance moves well beyond the theoretical and offers readers a clear and compelling invitation to think 'differently' about 'difference' among individual leadership styles and strengths in any organization. Dr. Lippitt has developed a simple model to understand and then leverage individual differences and strengths among available leadership talent and then aligning these differences and strengths with the needs of the task at hand. Then, and perhaps most important, providing effective leadership to those individuals, teams and organizations charged with delivering the desired result. Each chapter includes an executive summary which provides a quick learning review and practical suggestions for how to immediately apply the learning. In addition to being a great read, this book is an invaluable reference that savvy leaders will want nearby when thinking strategically, making key business decisions and maximizing the probability of achieving or exceeding desired results.
A Practical, New Look At Leadership
September 17, 2002
By Kathryn Gaines
Dr. Lippitt offers a rich, yet practical, framework for a complex subject. If you're looking for fresh ideas on cultivating leadership flexibility, building influence, and achieving results, then this book needs to be part of your library. Instead of focusing on identifying the "right" leadership style or competencies, Dr. Lippitt makes the case for analyzing and understanding the priorities and needs of your team and organization and aligning your leadership priorities with them to achieve success.The best part is that she offers practical strategies for making that alignment a reality.
James T. Colwick
Mary Lippitt's book provides a new model for understanding the successes and failure points in leadership performance. It focuses on the way leaders achieve results, but also gives insights into how different values and mindsets influence opportunities to lead within each phase of an organization's lifecycle. The book provides both a theoretical model and practical guidelines on ways to improve leadership and outcomes. I recommend it to students of organizations, people who want to enhance their leadership capabilities, and consultants.
A Fresh, Comprehensive Leadership Approach, Sept. 29, 2002
September 29, 2002
By Cynthia Martin
Dr. Lippitt provides a new and comprehensive approach to building effective leadership regardless of the size or development stage of an organization. Practical, anecdotal guidelines describe the critical roles and priorities of successful leadership teams. Dr. Lippitt demonstrates that effective leadership teams recognize the needs of an organization as it grows and matures. Practical examples and discussions focus on a complete framework of leadership priorities such as innovation, structure, goal orientation, and competency building which are necessary for organizational success. This valuable book provides no-nonsense questions and realistic strategies to follow for molding organizational life cycles with critical team and leadership priorities. A concise work. Provides clarity to complex issue. Superb job in creating model, documenting its relevance, clearly communicating its application. -- /Quality Management Journal, October 2003
Bold reconceptualization of a successful leader. Worthy addition to the leadership bookshelf. Put it where you can easily reach it. - Government Training News, January 2003
Highly pragmatic. A unique and enormously appealing approach to the challenges of organizational leadership. -- Stern's Management Review, Sept. 2003
Leaders need an explicit framework to broaden their mindset, encourage examination of options, and produce results. - Human Resource Executive, Jan. 1, 2003
Lippitt believes that only real leaders produce sustainable results. Identifies priorities that a leader must juggle concurrently to sustain success. - Dayton Daily News, October 21, 2002
Lippitt's ideas are clearly presented and are accompanied by thought-provoking quotes from great minds. -- Publishers Weekly, August 12, 2002
The leadership consultant counters the "one size fits all" approach to management. - T&D, December 2002
The subtitle pretty well sums up the book. Readers will also find nuggets of useful information. - Dallas Morning News, November 3, 2002