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The Leadership Challenge – James Kouzes, Barry Posner
Non-fiction / 21st June 2021

Introduction The Leadership Challenge is a book on leadership. I read the fourth edition but the latest version is the sixth edition. This book is about how to turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes. It aims to help the readers to develop the capacity to guide others to places they have never been before. Authors James Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. He is a Fellow of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. He is acknowledged as one of the twelve best executive educators in the US by The Wall Street Journal. Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. He has been named as one of the nation’s top management and leadership educators by the International Management Council, recognized as one of the Top 50 leadership coaches in America, ranked among the Most Influential HR thinkers in the world by HR magazine, and listed among the Top 75 Leadership and Management Experts in the world by Inc. magazine. Contents The Leadership Challenge has a preface (Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organization) and 13 chapters. The chapters are grouped into 7 parts….

Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders – Louis David Marquet
Non-fiction / 7th February 2021

Introduction Turn the Ship Around is about leadership. It is the story of the journey and the sailors aboard the submarine Sante Fe. I am looking forward to see what can be learned from a retired military leader. Author Louis David Marquet is a retired United States Navy captain. He commanded the submarine USS Santa Fe and turned it from the worst in fleet to being the most successful. Contents Turn the Ship Around has a foreword, an introduction, 29 chapters which are grouped into 4 parts, and an afterword. Part I is Starting Over with 7 chapters. The chapters are Pain, Business as Usual, Change of Course, Frustration, Call to Action, “Whatever They Tell Me to Do!”, and “I Relieve You!”. Part II is Control and has 8 chapters. These chapters are Change, in a Word, “Welcome Aboard Santa Fe!”, Under Way on Nuclear Power, “I Intend To…”, Up Scope!, Who’s Responsible?, “A New Ship”, and “We Have a Problem”. Part III is Competence. It consists of 5 chapters which are “Mistakes Just Happen!”, “We Learn”, Under Way for San Diego, All Present and Accounted For, and Final Preparations. Part IV is Clarity and has 9 chapters. They are…

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter – Liz Wiseman
Non-fiction / 1st March 2020

Introduction Multipliers is a book on leadership. The first edition was published in 2010. This is the revised and updated edition in 2017. I chose to read this book because the subtitle is very interesting and I would like to improve my leadership skill. This book discusses the impact and the promise of the Multiplier. Author Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor. She is also an acclaimed author in the leadership field. The author is currently the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. She was an executive in Oracle Corporation for 17 years where she worked as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. Content Multipliers contains 9 chapters and a preface. It also has a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and 6 appendices. The chapters are 1) The Multiplier Effect, 2) The Talent Manager, 3) The Liberator, 4) The Challenger, 5) The Debate Maker, 6) The Investor, 7) The Accidental Diminisher, 8) Dealing with Diminishers, and 9) Becoming a Multiplier. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction to Multiplier effect….

Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limits Success – Sylvia Lafair
Non-fiction / 30th September 2019

Introduction Don’t Bring It to Work is a book about how family patterns affect work life and how we can harness them, instead of letting them jeopardize our career. It aims to improve professional relationships and make us better leader, mentor and teammate. Author Sylvia Lafair is a consultant on optimizing workplace relationships. Her global consulting company is Creative Energy Options, Inc. She was a family therapist before that. She has also developed a few educational programmes for work life. Besides that, she has written numerous articles for trade publications and national magazines. Content Don’t Bring It to Work has 8 chapters and an introduction. The book is divided into 3 parts. Part One is The Home-Work Connection and contains 3 chapters. This part conveys the importance of viewing all of life from a systems perspective. Part Two is The Way Out: Observe, Understand, and Transform Your Patterns. There are only 2 chapters in this part. This part contains the description of the 13 most common destructive patterns and the exercises to recognize our own patterns. Part Three is A New Me, A New You, A New Organization. It has 3 chapters. This part teaches us to be a change…