Monthly Archives: September 2010

The 100 Greatest Leadership Principles of All Time

The 100 Greatest Leadership Principles of All Time

For anyone preparing to step into a leadership role–be it a corporate CEO, business team leader, church deacon, or head of a household–this unique collection of quotes from 100 great leaders of armies, social movements, political revolutions, fashion revolutions, businesses, and nations is sure to inspire.

From Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr., from Napoleon to Coco Chanel, readers will encounter such inspiring words to lead by as: “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” (Eleanor Roosevelt); “You do not lead by hitting people over the head–that’s assault, not leadership.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower); and “What you cannot enforce, do not command.” (Sophocles).

The essential and eloquently expressed principles in this book will motivate readers to lead with passion and compassion and teach them how to identify and achieve what is best for the group.

The Truth About Managing Your Career

The Truth About Managing Your Career: …and Nothing But the Truth

This book reveals 60 proven principles and easy career management techniques. Discover powerfully effective ways

to start a new job and make a great first impression;

work more smoothly with bosses and colleagues;

build a high-performance personal network;

manage workloads;

decide who to trust (and distrust);

handle enemies and overcome career setbacks;

recognize when to move on; get noticed, get ahead, and get to the top! career

From Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office:
“A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Karen Otazo knows–and speaks–the truth about how to get and keep the job you want.

Regardless of your age or stage of your career, you’ll find practical tips and tools to make your workplace journey smoother, more enjoyable, and potentially more profitable. The Truth about Managing Your Career is a must-have for your career library.”

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Harvard Business School Press |ISBN 1591396190 | 257 pages

Kim and Mauborgne’s blue ocean metaphor elegantly summarizes their vision of the kind of expanding, competitor-free markets that innovative companies can navigate.Unlike “red oceans,” which are well explored and crowded with competitors, “blue oceans” represent “untapped market space” and the “opportunity for highly profitable growth.

“The only reason more big companies don’t set sail for them, they suggest, is that “the dominant focus of strategy work over the past twenty-five years has been on competition-based red ocean strategies”-i.e., finding new ways to cut costs and grow revenue by taking away market share from the competition

With this groundbreaking book, Kim and Mauborgne-both professors at France’s INSEAD, the second largest business school in the world-aim to repair that bias.

Using dozens of examples-from Southwest Airlines and the Cirque du Soleil to Curves and Starbucks-they present the tools and frameworks they’ve developed specifically for the task of analyzing blue oceans.

They urge companies to “value innovation” that focuses on “utility, price, and cost positions,” to “create and capture new demand” and to “focus on the big picture, not the numbers.;

And while their heavyweight analytical tools may be of real use only to serious strategy planners, their overall vision will inspire entrepreneurs of all stripes, and most of their ideas are presented in a direct, jargon-free manner.

Theirs is not the typical business management book’s vague call to action; it is a precise, actionable plan for changing the way companies do business with one resounding piece of advice: swim for open waters.

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