How many more books will we see on leadership? Maybe we won’t see any more when we actually see leadership, or perhaps, leadership the way we want it.
So, here is another one. The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal debuted at # 5 on the Wall Street Journal business best-seller list this weekend (June 10-11, 2017, p. C10).
The book, published by Portfolio, was distributed beginning on May 30.
Who is Lolly Daskal? This is her biography, published on Amazon.com:
Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results. Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc.com, 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next by Inc. magazine, and Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post,and Psychology Today, and others.
“Daskal reveals her proven system, which leaders at any level can apply to dramatically improve their results. It begins with identifying your distinctive leadership archetype and recognizing its shadow:
■ The Rebel, driven by confidence, becomes the Imposter, plagued by self-doubt.
■ The Explorer, fueled by intuition, becomes the Exploiter, master of manipulation.
■ The Truth Teller, who embraces candor, becomes the Deceiver, who creates suspicion.
■ The Hero, embodying courage, becomes the Bystander, an outright coward.
■ The Inventor, brimming with integrity, becomes the Destroyer, who is morally corrupt.
■ The Navigator, trusts and is trusted, becomes the Fixer, endlessly arrogant.
■ The Knight, for whom loyalty is everything, becomes the Mercenary, who is perpetually self-serving.
Using psychology, philosophy, and her own experience, Daskal offers a breakthrough perspective on leadership. She’ll take you inside some of the most cloistered boardrooms, let you in on deeply personal conversations with industry leaders, and introduce you to luminaries who’ve changed the world. Her insights will help you rethink everything you know to become the leader you truly want to be.”
Whether we present this book at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas depends upon its sustained performance on the best-seller lists. Continue to monitor our blog for information about our upcoming selections.
John Maxwell, one of the most frequently read and quoted authors on leadership, has hit the best-seller list with his next entry. His book, No Limits: Blow the Cap Off Your Capacity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017) debuted on the Wall Street Journal business books best-seller list at #7 this week (March 18-19, p. C10).
Here is a summary of the book, as it appears on Amazon.com:
“We often treat the word capacity as if it were a natural law of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off limits rather than what’s really possible. Could it be that many of us have failed to expand our potential because we have allowed what we perceive as capacity to define us? What if our limits are not really our limits?
“In his newest book, John Maxwell identifies 17 core capacities. Some of these are abilities we all already possess, such as energy, creativity and leadership. Others are aspects of our lives controlled by our choices, like our attitudes, character, and intentionality. Maxwell examines each of these capacities, and provides clear and actionable advice on how you can increase your potential in each. He will guide you on how to identify, grow, and apply your critical capacities. Once you’ve blown the “cap” off your capacities, you’ll find yourself more successful–and fulfilled–in your daily life.“
Although we have presented some of Maxwell’s books for clients at private events, we have never featured any of his works at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.
My opinion is that this book is short-lived on the best-seller lists, and will likely not materialize in our short list of books to present at our event. Only time will tell, so keep watching our website for developments.
I am really excited about the presentation I will give this week at the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas. If you have not yet registered, just go to: 15minutebusinessbooks.com.
The book is Together is Better, authored by Simon Sinek (Portfolio, 2016). It is the second book we have presented from Sinek, and this one was on every business best-selling list that we could find.
Here are some advance tidbits from the presentation that I will make.
Most of us live our lives by accident – we live as it happens. Fulfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose.
A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.
Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love.
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him become stars.
If you have to miss it, you can always purchase the presentation and handout on 15minutebusinessbooks.com. But, you don’t get the networking, and you don’t get an omelette.
This is an inspirational book, and I wish I had read it before Christmas, as it would have been a great stocking-stuffer for some of my professional contacts.
a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one.
You remember the old illustration/joke. A couple is talking, and the woman says: “It’s just… there’s all this pressure. My head just won’t start hurting.” The man finally says “You do have a nail in your head.” (Watch the short video, “It’s Not About the Nail”).
Here’s the idea. People don’t like to endure an ordeal. And if they can avoid it, they will in fact try to avoid it!
Ok, maybe the word choice is a little strong — “ordeal: a painful or horrific experience.” But, if you go into work, and you do not like working with the people at work, and they do not seem to like working with you, and every interaction turns into something unpleasant, and you feel heavy in your shoulders and de-energized and de-motivated, maybe it’s time to take the nail out of your head.
In other words, people do not like working in “ordeal” conditions instead of “ideal” conditions.
Whether it is a team meeting, a larger meeting, a one-on-one interaction, people do not like enduring an ordeal. And if that is what it feels like, seems like, well…
I think one job of a leader – a leader at the top, a team leader, a supervisor; any leader — is mainly about creating and nurturing and protecting working conditions where people can work together without hating, or dreading, or enduring the experience.
Create good working conditions. Never let your work place become an ordeal to endure. If you do, you’re in real, real trouble.
We have organized selections from our 15MinuteBusinessBooks.com site into six categories. Click HERE to obtain the recording and handout for the books that you wish to have, at only $9.99 per title. We also sell a subscription to the entire site for just $199.
We recommend these titles for you. They are all available to you at this time.
ASK FOR IT
GETTING THINGS DONE
I KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT
SMARTER FASTER BETTER
THE POWER OF HABIT
4 DISCIPLINES OF EXECUTION
HOW GOOGLE WORKS
JOY AT WORK
RESULTS THAT LAST
Leadership – Finding and Developing People
ENCOURAGING THE HEART
LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF THE NAVY SEALS
MAKE THEIR DAY
MASTERING THE ROCKEFELLER HABITS
Business Trends and Developments
RISE OF THE ROBOTS
SECOND MACHINE AGE
THE WAY WE WERE WORKING ISN’T WORKING
Sales and Marketing
BILLION DOLLAR LESSONS
UNMADE IN CHINA
WHAT AMERICANS REALLY WANT
BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY
MADE TO STICK
TO SELL IS HUMAN
I am so happy that Larry James, CEO and President of CitySquare, will be our guest presenter at the December 7 First Friday Book Synopsis.
Larry has most graciously agreed to substitute for me while I attend the annual communication of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, in my capacity as a member of the Education and Service Committee.
Many of you will remember his stunning presentation of Rudolph Guiliani’s book entitled Leadership several years ago.
This time, he will present Jon Gordon’s best-seller, The Energy Bus. This book was written in 2007, but continues to appear on business best-seller lists. It has had a 12-week run on the Wall Street Journal list. You will enjoy the practical advice that Gordon shares in this book, and perhaps even more, the presentation and spin you will hear from Larry James.
We have an exciting bonus program for you following the synopsis. Randy Mayeux will present a synopsis of a best-seller about poverty, and CitySquare officials, including Larry James, will participate in a discussion with you afterwards. All of the proceeds from this program will go directly to CitySquare. I am so impressed with what they do, and I am thrilled to have them as one of our charities that we support annually.
The organization’s website touts the fact that it goes after the root cause of hunger, not a quick-fix. It says: “We don’t fight poverty for the poor—we fight poverty with the poor. Our 24-year commitment to addressing the root causes of poverty, both on an individual and systemic level, combined with our unyielding commitment to stewardship (over 92 cents of each dollar goes directly to services for those in need) makes CitySquare a proven leader in our community and beyond.” You can read more about this amazing organization at: http://citysq.org/
I appreciate your attendance and contribution to the bonus program. It will be well worth your time. If you cannot stay, can you contribute? We will take your tax-deductible donations at the registration desk that day.
You can register for this event at: www.firstfridaybooksynopsis.com