Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom For Today's Leaders

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HarperCollins Canada, Oct 26, 2010 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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General Rick Hillier’s views on leadership evolved over his three decades as a soldier. Early in his career he watched as many of his superiors made bad decisions. Later he learned at the school of hard knocks as the head of emergency rescue operations in Canada and international task forces in eastern Europe and Afghanistan. Never one to be shy with his opinions, Hillier is as frank and straightforward in Leadership as he is in his #1 bestselling memoir, A Soldier First.

For Hillier, leadership is all about people—embracing those you are in charge of and winning over those you need to work with—not about risk aversion or management fads. Leaders think long and have a plan. Their actions speak, not their words, and they make their own luck. But leaders also act out of moral courage, take advantage of crises, accept failure and remain perpetually optimistic. Whether on the front lines of a business or in any situation that requires strong communication and vision, leaders go with their gut and make the tough decisions look easy. Leadership is an inspirational, easy-to-read and, in true Hillier fashion, often humorous collection of fifty principles that will challenge the way you run your business, start a project or take that next step in life.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
PART 1NEVER FORGETITS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE
CHAPTER 1PUT PEOPLE FIRST
CHAPTER 2BUILD YOUR NETWORK IN GROUPS OF EIGHT
CHAPTER 3ALWAYS SHOW RESPECT
CHAPTER 4MAKE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES YOUR FOUNDATION
CHAPTER 5THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF
CHAPTER 6DONT FOCUS ON ORGANIZATION AND PROCESS
CHAPTER 28 FEAR IS GOOD
PART 4EXECUTION
CHAPTER 29 SIMPLIFY
CHAPTER 30 NO PLAN IS PERFECT SO EXECUTE EARLY
CHAPTER 31 THINK BIG AND GET THE BIG THINGS RIGHT
CHAPTER 32 BEG FORGIVENESS
CHAPTER 33 LEARN WITH YOUR TEAM
CHAPTER 34 PEEING ON THE ELECTRIC FENCE

CHAPTER 7TECHNOLOGY IS ALWAYS EXPENSIVE BUT IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER
CHAPTER 8 THE 955 RULE
CHAPTER 9 WHEN RISK MANAGEMENT BECOMES RISK AVERSION
CHAPTER 10 PERPETUAL OPTIMISM IS A FORCE MULTIPLIER
CHAPTER 11 PASSION PAYS
PART 2LEADERS THINK LONG
CHAPTER 12 GET STARTED
CHAPTER 13 TACTICS WITHOUT STRATEGY BRINGS FAILURE
CHAPTER 14 MAKE COHERENT SHORT TERM DECISIONS
CHAPTER 15 GET BODIES AND MINDS
CHAPTER 16 NEVER WASTE A CRISIS
CHAPTER 17 BUILD ON HISTORY
CHAPTER 18 YOU CANT DO IT ALL
PART 3WHAT WORKS?
CHAPTER 19 THE POWER OF ONE
CHAPTER 20 RADICAL ASKS DEMAND RADICAL EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 21 ACTION TALKS BS WALKS
CHAPTER 22 TRAIN HARD FIGHT EASY
CHAPTER 23 COMMUNICATION IS KEY
CHAPTER 24 PRESENCE SPEAKS LOUDLY
CHAPTER 25 FIT NO STEREOTYPES FOLLOW NO FADS
CHAPTER 26 RECOGNITION IS RIGHT
CHAPTER 27 RETAIN FAMILIES
CHAPTER 35 KNOW WHEN TO SAY STOP
CHAPTER 36 STAND ON YOUR SOAPBOX
PART 5GETTING IT RIGHT
CHAPTER 37 CREDIBILITY IS YOUR CENTRE OF GRAVITY
CHAPTER 38 PERCEPTION IS REALITY
CHAPTER 39 TAKE THE ROCKS OUT OF THE RUCKSACK
CHAPTER 40 FIRST REPORTS ARE ALWAYS WRONG
CHAPTER 41 THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHATS RIGHT
CHAPTER 42 GO WITH YOUR GUT
PART 6TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
CHAPTER 43 COMMAND IS LONELY
CHAPTER 44 BEING DECISIVE MEANS PISSING PEOPLE OFF
SEEK STRENGTH
CHAPTER 46 TRUST YOUR BATTLE BUDDIES
CHAPTER 47 FITNESS COUNTS
CHAPTER 48 HUMOUR SAVES
CHAPTER 49 LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
CHAPTER 50 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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General Rick Hillier, born in Newfoundland and Labrador, enlisted in the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program. He graduated from Memorial University in 1975 with a B.Sc. degree. In May 2003 Hillier was appointed Commander of the Army, and in October 2003 he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International security Assistance Force (IsAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. General Hillier was promoted to Chief of the Defence staff in February 2005 and stepped down in the summer of 2008.

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