Tuesday, May 31, 2005
THE RADICAL LEAP
Recently I came across a book review of "The Radical Leap" - A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber Hardcover, 192ppPublisher: Dearborn Financial Publishing, Inc.Pub. Date: April 2004 . You can purchase it on-line at www.800CEOREAD.COM The book reviewer was Jack Covert.
The Radical Leap by Steve Farber is a book that has been out since April of last year. In this business book fable, Steve plays himself (a leadership coach) and he learns from his new friend Edg about Extreme Leadership. When you think extreme, think skiing or surfing. Part of the experience in extreme sports is taking the risk and wiping out. Steve (or Edg) says the same is the case for leadership. You have to be willing to put yourself out there to learn and get better.
Over the course of a week, Steve learns the four tenets of Extreme Leadership -- Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof: LEAP, get it? He also has to put them into practice when he finds out his friend Janice is about to get fired from her dream job. There is a great cast of characters, an interesting plot, and a wonderful twist at the end.
Here's a favorite quote from the book:
"Relationships in the world of business...are won by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm--there is such this as tough love--but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees." Jack recommends we pick it up as our next airplane read and says we won't be disappointed. I'm going to do just that!
TODAYS REFLECTION FROM BUDDHA
" Churning and churning water does not produce butter"
Buddha Speaks Biz