Connecting Top Managers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success

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FT Press, Dec 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 250 pages

How do you go about improving leadership team performance, strengthening the connections between leaders, and strengthening the leadership team’s connections with the rest of the enterprise? This book tells you how. Leadership teams, working together, create the culture and set the tone for the entire organization. When leadership teams fail to connect with employees, their organizations fail. Expensive leadership meetings often accomplish nothing, and clashing leadership styles can disrupt the entire business. What do these issues have in common? Simply this: The way leaders work together is crucial, and enormous organization-wide performance improvements can be achieved when they work together more effectively. Readers will first learn how to define what leadership team excellence looks like, and clarify the organizational impact you want your leadership team to have. Next, they’ll learn how to systematically optimize the 5% of time your leaders spend working together–in person, electronically, and through subordinates. This book will help readers magnify their impact, whether they’re already at the top of the organization, or aspiring to a future leadership role.


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A Pack of Top Dogs
Chapter 1 Executive Team Execution
Executive Teaming
Chapter 3 Meetings Are Money
Chapter 4 Culture Is the Context and Often the Answer
Chapter 5 They Are All Moments of Truth
Chapter 6 Getting Better Together
Chapter 7 Creating an Agile Organization
Chapter 8 Leadership Team Strategies for Remaining UnionFree
A Manifesto About Love and Leadership
The Leadership Team Excellence Assessment
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Jim Taylor and Lisa Haneberg share a passion for helping leaders do their best work through practices, actions, habits, and a vision that catalyzes organizational success. They have each been exploring the keys to senior leader effectiveness throughout their entire careers.

Jim Taylor, President and CEO of MPI Consulting, is a nationally recognized expert in leadership, human resources, and employee/labor relations. Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience, he leads MPI’s strategic direction and operations, and guides a team of consulting experts and professionals, ensuring their integrity and accountability for successful client engagement and relationships. He spent 13 years as a healthcare executive, serving on two senior leadership teams.

Lisa Haneberg serves as Vice President of MPI Consulting and leads the firm’s organizational development practice. She has more than 25 years of experience with organizational development consulting, executive development, as well as training and coaching for companies, government organizations, and nonprofits of all sizes. She specializes in talent management, succession planning, organizational agility and alignment, middle management effectiveness, senior team development, and executive coaching. Her books include Developing Great Managers, The High Impact Middle Manager, and Coaching Up and Down the Generations.

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