How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 11, 2008 - Business & Economics - 144 pages

From the woman named one of “America's Best Leaders” by U.S. News & Report
Powerful insights into the practice of motivation

Marilyn Carlson Nelson has achieved global recognition for the Carlson brands of hotels, restaurants, cruise, travel, and marketing services.

But that's only part of the story.

As a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, Marilyn has always put people first. When her grandson asked a simple question about her life, she decided to write it all down-her fondest memories and deepest insights-in How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership.

This thoughtful book offers a surprisingly personal glimpse into a multi-faceted woman who happens to be one of the most successful CEOs in the world. She describes the thrill of flying in an F16 over Death Valley (without getting sick), and throwing a barbeque for the KGB (who preferred vodka to the traditional beer). She shares the difficulty of making choices and sacrifices to run her family's business, and the heartbreak of losing a child.

Her insights are sprinkled with the timeless words of Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, and others, as she talks about what it's like to be a woman in today's business world, while reflecting on an engaging array of subjects-from equal rights to corporate wrongs to motherhood. Most compelling of all, she reveals how a meaningful legacy is built one day at a time.

 

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Contents

Star Gazing
3
The Sunday School Lesson
5
As a Matter of Fact
7
Payback
9
Wanting It All
11
The Signature
13
The Times They Are AChangin
15
Laughter as Legacy
17
Temptation
67
Dear Shareholders
69
The Pause
71
Favorable Odds
73
Top Prize
75
Worth the Risk
77
A Christmas Uprising
79
Secret Ingredient
81

Imagine
19
When I Grow Up
21
Flying Solo
23
Security Alarm
25
I Confess
27
Gerbils for Sale
29
Power of One
31
Packing Light
33
The Dance
35
Its Time
37
Open for Business
39
A Super Sale
41
Going for Gold
43
Thanksgiving Dinner
45
Coming Together
47
The Credo
49
Love Honor ?
51
Pretending for Real
53
Reporting for Duty
55
A Beer a Brat the KGB
57
Lika Tutu
59
The Long View
61
Passing the Test
63
Car Trouble
65
Something to Prove
83
Master Carver
85
Special Delivery
87
Doing My Part
89
Looking Up
91
One of a Kind
93
On the Same Day
95
Taking a Tumble
97
Humility
99
The Temples
101
In Your Dreams
103
Waiting Room Blues
105
In the Afterlife
107
Heavenly
109
Tipping Point
111
The Prediction
113
So Honored
115
Moms Favorite
117
Gratitude
119
Coming Out of My Shell
121
Postscript
123
About the Author
126
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About the author (2008)

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is chairman and CEO of Carlson, a global group of companies providing travel, hotel, cruise, restaurant, and marketing services, including such brands as Radisson® and Regent® hotels and resorts, Country Inns and Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn® and Park Plaza® hotels, Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, Carlson Marketing®, and T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants.

Deborah Cundy, an assistant dean at the Carlson School of Management, has worked with Marilyn Carlson Nelson for nearly 20 years as a former vice president at Carlson and speech writer. She assisted Ms. Carlson Nelson in the founding of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

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