Happy Holidays to you all! I just finished reading a great book by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller called “The Secret, What Great Leaders Know and Do”.
As with all of Ken Blanchard’s books this one did not disappoint me. I have read almost all of the books he has written or co-authored and the way he tells the stories in each case is fun, holds your attention and easy to read.
The journey that the main character, “Debbie” takes not only shows the errors that Leaders make, but also once that they learn the steps of successful leading how the people who they are leading become productive team players with potential to be leaders themselves.
At the end of the book the authors have a section dedicated to resources and questions the reader can use to reflect on their own leadership skills.
The big take away for me (at least on the first reading) was asking myself “What do I want our work team to accomplish and what would that look like?”
Often managers will have in their mind how they want their team to function and look like, but they do not have a clear plan of how to get them from where they are now to where they want them to be.
They simply do not know how create or implement successful systems and know how to measure the progress the team is making.
This book gets 5 stars from me. It is definitely one that will stay in my library as a valuable reference book.