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Rules & Tools for Leaders: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Effective Managing


Perry M. Smith



0399527869
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Format: Paperback, 320pp.
ISBN: 9780399527869
Publisher: Perigee
Pub. Date: July 2002

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Rules & Tools for Leaders has guided hundreds of thousands of leaders exactly how to create and maintain growth and profitability. From hiring, firing and promoting to responding to major corporate crises, from day-to-day encounters to long-range strategic planning, Perry covers virtually every aspect of leadership and provides the means to get the job done-and done well.

Along with a thorough understanding of group dynamics, business models, and ethical practices, Rules & Tools for Leaders also features invaluable checklists and guidelines-providing everyday tools to put the tried-and-true rules into effect.


 

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Major General Perry M. Smith, USAF Retired, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University. An internationally known speaker and media commentator, he has conducted seminars on leadership, strategic planning, and ethics for hundreds of organizations, including Harvard's Kennedy School, Emory University, Microsoft, Tiffany & Company, Time Warner, and Texas Instruments. He is a military analyst for CBS radio and CBS television.



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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
Prefacexii
INTRODUCTION xxi
1LEADING / thirty fundamentals to remember3
2TAKING OVER / the vital nature of the transition29
3SETTING STANDARDS / personal and institutional integrity45
4ORGANIZING PRIORITIES / the mission, the mission, the mission33
5 TAKING CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE / mentoring, not cronyism41
6DECENTRALIZING AND GETTING FEEDBACK / a twin dilemma45
7MAKING THE BIG DECISIONS / seven useful checks51
8SCHEDULING YOUR TIME / disciplining yourself and your calendar57
9REACHING OUTWARD AND UPWARD / building bridges and braintrusts63
10COMPLIMENTING CREATIVELY / saying thank you in many ways69
11HIRING / the right people for the right jobs 75
12COUNSELLING ASSOCIATES / the value of one-on-ones 81
13TEACHING AND READING / leadership essentials 89
14CREATING A STRATEGIC VISION / the role of planning 95
15PERSONALITY AND HEALTH TESTING / tools for the enlightened leader 103
16LOOKING AT YOURSELF / the importance of introspection 113
17LEADING IN CRISES / coolness and flexibility 131
18DEALING WITH THE MEDIA / the challenge and the opportunity 137
19SPOUSES OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM / the delicate balance 143
20LEADING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS / dealing with cultural complexities and national antagonisms 149
21FIRING / the role of the leader 153
22DEALING WITH THE DOWNSIDE / failures, rumors, criticism, and stepping down 159
23WORKING FOR THE BIG BOSS / the trials and opportunities of the subordinate leader 169
24WRAPPING IT UP / putting it all together 177
APPENDICES
AChecklists for busy leaders 185
BCase studies 257
CDiscussion of case studies 263
DLeadership education programs 273
ESelected reading list 279
About the Author283
Index285


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