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Ten Thousand Horses: How Leaders Harness Raw Potential for Extraordinary Results

John Stahl-Wert and Ken Jennings

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Format: Hardcover, 119pp.
ISBN: 9781576754504
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pub. Date: June 18, 2007

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  • Offers a new approach for moving apathetic employees from passive compliance to active engagement
  • Told in an entertaining, page-turning fable format
  • Draws on findings from an authoritative Gallup study of 4 million workers from 360,000 workgroups
Matt James is in trouble. Recently promoted to head his division, he has delivered two years of divisional losses in clients, market share, and profits. He knows his workers are talented and creative, but they don't respond to his efforts to lead them, and he's on the brink of being fired. In desperation, he reaches out to an old mentor, David Butler, who now works with wild mustang horses and hard-to-place foster children on a ranch in Colorado. David agrees to work with his former student but only on the condition that Matt comes to him--to the ranch. Matt has no idea what the ranch could possibly have to do with his problems, but David assures him that if he spends some time there, he'll learn exactly what he needs to know.

Through David's unorthodox tutelage, Matt discovers that leaders who succeed in engaging their workers do so because they see their day-to-day work as an opportunity to build an organizational culture of engagement. The engagement model is illuminated as Matt comes to understand its components piece by piece--and ultimately discovers how to engage those on his team and in his life.

In this inspiring leadership fable, John Stahl-Wert and Ken Jennings draw on their years of experience as consultants and chief executives, as well as on findings from Gallup's groundbreaking Q12 survey of 4 million workers from 360,000 workgroups, to lay out an innovative leadership model that will turn employees from dutiful drones to committed contributors. But Ten Thousand Horses is also a story of personal transformation. Beyond specific practices and techniques, Matt must learn a whole new way of relating to his employees--because, as he discovers, leading an engaged workforce is as much about who you are as what you do.


"Ten Thousand Horses brings us a stirring message of the power of trust, of love and of hope at a time when building trust is the greatest challenge before us. We are grateful for this new resource on "how to be a leader" for leaders across the sectors."
—Frances Hesselbein, Founder and President, Leader to Leader Institute

"This is a book I couldn't put down. A book aimed at the heart where all good leadership starts. Stahl-Wert and Jennings have integrated leadership, wisdom, the pain of un-adopted youngsters and the power of forgiveness - all courageously suffused in a lovely story."
—Max De Pree, Member of Fortune Magazine's National Business Hall of Fame, bestselling author of Leadership Is An Art

"Ten Thousand Horses is vitally important for leaders who want to bring out the very best in their people. Stahl-Wert and Jennings have given us another deeply moving story that offers sure-footed guidance for becoming the kind of leader people want to follow. Read this book!"
—Ken Blanchard, Author of The One Minute Manager

"I thought I would scan the book out of courtesy, got hooked and couldn't put it down until I had read the whole thing, made some notes and memorized portions. It made me really want to take care of issues I am facing in my real life. The manuscript is filled with gold. I want to thank God for using you to show how to take action with a plan."
—Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, Football Legend, Actor, Author, Minister

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Table of Contents
End of the Rope1
The Climb of Trust9
Mounting the Challenge31
Directing the Charge59
Leading the Cheer87
New Engagement109
Engagement Equation117
Taking the Next Step118
About the Authors119

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