Paid to Think: A Leader's Toolkit for Redefining Your Future

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BenBella Books, Inc., Oct 23, 2012 - Business & Economics - 544 pages
Have you ever thought about the fact that a craftsman has more and better tools to solve challenges on the job than the leader of a business or organization does? Leadership “tools” are usually defined as computers, spreadsheets, data, and even experience, but in reality, leaders need thinking tools that are hard to come by, so they find themselves hunting and pecking for answers in books, at seminars, through on-the-job training programs, from mentors, and at business schools, and still, they’re left with gaps. Surely, most leaders are good at what they do, but the daily challenges of their jobs, like accelerating growth, increasing productivity, driving innovation, doing more with less, and balancing work with life don’t come with some sort of leadership toolkit...until now.

In Paid to Think, international consultant David Goldsmith presents his groundbreaking approach to leadership and management based on research revealing the twelve specific activities that all leaders perform on a daily basis, and he provides you with each activity’s accompanying tools and instructions proven to boost your performance and that of your entire organization.

Take the uncertainty out of everyday leading, convert ideas to realities, and maximize your intellectual value. Learn how decision makers at some of the world’s most successful organizations have already used Paid to Think’s universal and easily transferable tools—regardless of their industries, sectors, geographic locations, or management levels—as their greatest advantages in achieving more, earning more, and living more.
 

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Contents

ENTERPRISE THINKING
7
RETHINKING
22
STRATEGIZING
45
TRANSFORMING WITH PROJECTS
86
MANAGING YOUR PRIORITIES
118
CREATING NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
138
ESTABLISHING ALLIANCES
177
LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY
211
EMPOWERING OTHERS
382
INNOVATING EVERYWHERE
416
SELLING CONTINUOUSLY
464
FORECASTING
523
Conclusion
583
Five Stages ofBecoming an Enterprise Thinker
590
Todays Thinking Creates Tomorrow
596
GLOSSARY
611

LEARNING
245
ENHANCING GLCBAL AWARENESS
276
WATCHING COMPETITICN
314
PERFORMING
339
INDEX
627
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
647
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
653
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David Goldsmith is a consultant, advisor, NYU instructor, speaker, telecast host, and author. He is the president of MetaMatrix Consulting Group and holds an MBA from Syracuse University. Through his work with leaders from around the globe, Goldsmith is the developer of the Enterprise Thinking model, a holistic approach to leadership and management based on the activities and tools that all decision-makers need to solve challenges and create opportunities.

His expertise and advice is sought by leaders and managers worldwide, in businesses of all sizes, nonprofits and associations, and organizations including the military, government, and education.

Goldsmith was named by Successful Meetings magazine as one of the Top 26 Hottest Speakers in the speaking industry. He received NYU’s Outstanding Professor of the Year Award for developing and teaching two core courses, and his history of business success earned him The Citizens Foundation of Central New York’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Central New York 40 under 40 Leadership Award.

He serves on the national board of directors of the Institute of Management Consultants and hosts the organization’s telecast series, Consultapalooza. Goldsmith is also the founder and telecast host of the New York State Chapter of the National Speakers’ Association. In addition to authoring more than 500 published articles, he is a regular columnist for several organizations and publications.

He resides in Manlius, NY, with his wife and two sons.

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