My firm specializes in change. It’s a good business to be in, given today’s fast-moving world.
- We helped the leaders of a Los Angeles nonprofit develop a sustainable system to educate more than three hundred thousand inner-city youth.
- We helped the leaders of a $9 billion state agency transform itself from a slow-moving bureaucracy into a highly focused organization that other states are trying to emulate.
- We helped a California-based medical group figure out how to improve care for more than fifty thousand patients, saving lives and millions of dollars.
In the course of our work, we frequently meet leaders who are frustrated by the barrage of management advice they receive.
The CEO of a Boston hospital: “I was trained first and foremost as a doctor. Now I manage five thousand people. Things are happening so fast. I don’t know if I’m thinking the right way or doing the right things.”
The COO of a technology start-up: “How do I build a successful culture? Where do I focus? On training the frontline staff? On serving customers? On planning? What’s the right balance?”
The director of a nonprofit: “All I do is respond to questions and put out fires all day. Did business school teach me how to lead in this kind of environment? Well, we attended a three-day leadership seminar. But the short answer is no!”
These people, and thousands more like them, want practical tools to guide them. Over the past fifteen years, our firm has paid close attention to the practices that build great organizations. The result is this book, The Leadership Equation. As you’ll learn, the leadership equation taps deeply into what motivates us as human beings. Thus it is both familiar and surprising at the same time. The leadership equation can help you focus on the practices that will improve the performance of your team, your business unit, and your entire organization. It will help you coach the people around you. Ultimately, it will help you reach your full potential as a leader.
I trust that The Leadership Equation will prove valuable to you. In exchange, I have a request: please share what helps you be an effective leader. What special techniques have you learned? What challenges do you face? Go to our website, Leading-Resources.com. There you can share your thoughts directly with me.
In closing, let me cite Mark Twain: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
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