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The Wisdom of Failure

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The Wisdom of Failure

How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price
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The "how-not-to" leadership book

There is a paradox in leadership: we can only succeed by knowing failure. Every accomplished leader knows there are minefields of failures that need to be navigated in order to succeed. Wouldn't it be great to have the insights to help you prevent from making avoidable mistakes? Unfortunately, in business talking about mistakes can be taboo, and, at a certain level, learning from failure is not an option. Weinzimmer and McConoughey speak frankly about the things that are difficult to talk about -- the unvarnished truths necessary to become a successful leader.

  • Based on a groundbreaking 7-year study of what almost 1000 managers across 21 industries really think about lessons from failures
  • Includes exclusive interview material from CEOs at a wide range of organizations, including major firms such as Caterpillar, Priceline.com, and Allstate; startups; and entrepreneurial small businesses
  • Drills down into failure to uncover the strategies that aspiring leaders need in order to avoid the most damning leadership mistakes: unbalanced orchestration, drama management, and reckless vanity

Learning from the mistakes of others is a necessary part of the journey of effective leadership, and this book offers an indispensable guide to learning these powerful lessons--without paying the price of failure.

The "how-not-to" leadership book

There is a paradox in leadership: we can only succeed by knowing failure. Every accomplished leader knows there are minefields of failures that need to be navigated in order to succeed. Wouldn't it be great to have the insights to help you prevent from making avoidable mistakes? Unfortunately, in business talking about mistakes can be taboo, and, at a certain level, learning from failure is not an option. Weinzimmer and McConoughey speak frankly about the things that are difficult to talk about -- the unvarnished truths necessary to become a successful leader.

  • Based on a groundbreaking 7-year study of what almost 1000 managers across 21 industries really think about lessons from failures
  • Includes exclusive interview material from CEOs at a wide range of organizations, including major firms such as Caterpillar, Priceline.com, and Allstate; startups; and entrepreneurial small businesses
  • Drills down into failure to uncover the strategies that aspiring leaders need in order to avoid the most damning leadership mistakes: unbalanced orchestration, drama management, and reckless vanity

Learning from the mistakes of others is a necessary part of the journey of effective leadership, and this book offers an indispensable guide to learning these powerful lessons--without paying the price of failure.

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  • Laurence G. Weinzimmer is an endowed professor of management at Bradley University. He is an internationally recognized speaker and advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies on issues relating to strategy and leadership. He is the author of the bestseller Fast Growth: How to Attain It, How to Sustain It.
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  • 1 Flawless Leadership: Learning the Lessons Without Paying the Price 1

    PART ONE Unbalanced Orchestration

    2 Seduced by Yes: Trying to Be All Things to All People 31

    3 Businesses You Have No Business Being In: Roaming Outside the Box 57

    4 Entrenched in Efficiency: Forgetting to Put Effectiveness First 77

    PART TWO Drama Management

    5 The Playground in the Workplace: Leaders Who Rule by Bullying 101

    6 When Utopia Becomes Dystopia: Problems with Dysfunctional Harmony 125

    7 The Battle Within: Distracted Purpose 151

    PART THREE Personality Issues

    8 Standing in the Way: Hoarding Power and Responsibility 175

    9 Living Outside the Storm: The Destructive Path of Disengagement 197

    10 "Does This Doorframe Make My Head Look Big?": Problems with Self-Absorbed Leaders 221

    A Final Caveat: Walking the Line 241

    Notes 245

    Acknowledgments 259

    Index 261

    About the Authors 281

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