Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 13, 2010 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results

Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:

  • Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
  • Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
  • Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves

Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.

 

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Reality Check is required in most organizations that have done well in the past, but are not doing now. In the midst of current economic recession, this book serves to be an eye-opener to build effective leadership.

Contents

Calling All Leaders
1
FIND PEACE AT WORK
7
If You Argue with Reality You Lose but Only 100 Percent
19
Would You Rather Be Right or Wildly Successful?
35
RESTORE SANITY TO THE WORKPLACE
47
Work with the Willing
69
Change Is a Fact of LifeGet Over It How to BulletProof
83
LEAD YOUR TEAM TO RESULTS
103
The Golden Rule
125
Conclusion The RealityBased Leaders Manifesto
141
Alignment Survey
147
Feedback Frame
153
About the Author
161
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Cy Wakeman is a dynamic, well-respected, national keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and trainer who helps individuals and organizations achieve stellarresults. Cy's background combines four successfulbusiness start-ups with 18 years working and consulting in manufacturing, banking, government, high-tech,and healthcare. She is also an expert blogger forFastCompany.com.

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