Thursday, January 22, 2009

All Book Reviews Should Be This Good

Very recently an unsolicited, cool review of my new book, Why Should the Boss Listen to You? The Seven Disciplines of the Trusted Strategic Advisor (Jossey-Bass, 2008), appeared on Take a look. I’ve never met this gentleman but, obviously, we’re going to be friends for life.

Much more than it first appears, January 2, 2009
By Dr. Don Malnati (LBK, Florida 34228)

Why should the boss listen to you? Sweet book. A sophisticated analysis. The top is fast and complex. You read him think and analyze through issues with a decision maker.

Far more than it first appears. A real look at the soul of what good business can be. Everything could be like this, e.g., health care, politics . . . . James Lukaszewski (Loo-ka-SHEV-skee) (szew=SHEV am I the only one that didn't know that?) sketches the boss, inner circle, advisor and staff. Explains each player. How they fit together, where they are coming from and how you contribute. The big picture is there when you finish. He has some good visuals and many lists.

7 Disciplines
5 Imperatives
4 Things to do
5 Flawed strategies
9 Things a leader expects
11 Things you need to know to work with a boss
3 Lists of questions to consider. Nice learning device.

Leaders get an unfair beating, especially from the corrupt drive-by-media. Humans like to work, leaders like to lead. Lawyers and media egos like to screw things up.

Too many books could be a pamphlet, not this one. “Managers test before they trust.”, a nice thought I liked in the section on trust. Something like that on every page. On half the pages I wrote a comment. An enjoyable read of deep material. His thoughts reveal a life that works. This body of work is a protein meal.

I Love this book.

The CD is like an outline, How to Develop the Mind of a Strategist, $10 from

Get comfortable, close your eyes, listen. Or go to the seminar.

My favorite on the CD is not in the book. It is a seven-word summary of everything you need to know about unions. It is NOT negative. The 7 words will make your company better. Or the 7 words will make your union better. Get the CD, find the 7 words. You will remember them. You will use them. You will appreciate Jim, say more with less.

The book is very, very good. You will not be able to read it only once.

You will listen to the CD once, but the one phrase is worth $100+.


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