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How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing

Narrated by: Gregory St. John
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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The proven model that offers powerful and elegant strategies for leaders. How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing uses compelling, contemporary examples to show how more complex thinking is the key to better leadership. Leaders who understand what's going on around them see what they need to do to achieve the results they want. Bolman and Deal's influential four-frame model of leadership and organizations - developed in their bestselling book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice and Leadership offers leaders an accessible guide for understanding four major aspects of organizational life: structure, people, politics, and culture.

Tapping into the complexity enables leaders to decode the messy world in which they live, see more options, tell better stories, and find strategies that are more effective. Case examples of leaders like Jeff Bezos at Amazon, Howard Schultz at Starbucks, Tony Hsieh at Zappos, Ursula Burns at Xerox, and the late Steve Jobs at Apple provide concrete lessons that readers can put to use in their own leadership. The book's lessons include: How to use structural tools to organize teams and organizations for better results. How to build motivation and morale by aligning organizations and people. How to map the terrain and build a power base to navigate the political dynamics in organizations. How to develop a leadership story that shapes culture, provides direction, and inspires commitment to excellence.

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  • Andre T Roussell
  • 15-08-2018

Wow

This book has set be back on the right path. "...We are happy robots". I plan on listening again to this audio book

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  • Suzanne
  • 18-03-2017

OUTSTANDING!!

I have to say out of all the books I've read (listened) this one is in the top 3!! It's excellent. Highly recommend it!!

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  • Juan Alvarez
  • 06-11-2019

Better title: "Companys That Fit Our World View"

I've been searching for books with practical reframing techniques for years. I can't seem to find a book with general rules to follow, or an outline of different types and kinds of reframing, and this is the worst yet. I was hoping to get an insight into how someone like Winston Churchill, or Napoleon, or Seneca, or anyone else with some real-world clout may have approached difficult problems. None of that can be found in this book. Instead you may find a number of stories about business executives that did either did or did not steer the companies that they spearheaded in the direction the authors deemed appropriate.

I can appreciate the desire to focus on business leadership as a means of exemplifying "how leaders think" in the 21st century. The implications of such an examination are more tangible to the average reader, i.e. someone working in the private sector, than say the teachings of a 2000 year old Roman emperor. However, the authors of the book can't seem to divorce the concepts of leadership, and power by position. These two ideas can be related, but are certainly not coterminous. There are many executives who do nothing for the organization while being loathed by those with positions inferior to their own. Just ask my wife about her bosses. There are also those, without title, that make great leaders. Bolman and Deal never seem to indicate that they have any awareness of this dichotomy. Given this basal precept, the book goes further off the rails when it attempts to ascribe value to what they call "leadership" via the lens of 21st century mores.

How the book should have been written:
1) Problem faced by a great leader,
2) How that leader examined the problem.
3) How that leader dealt with the problem.
4) Analogous problem faced by a poor leader.
5) How that leader examined, or did not examine the problem.
6) How that leader dealt with the problem
7) Comparison of both approaches sans 21st century morality. (I know people don't think this is possible anymore but read a book from the 1980's versus a later edition or a different title by the same author and you will see a stark contrast in the approaches).
8) DIFFERENT WAYS TO FRAME THE 2 PROBLEMS. I don't know why reframing is so highly touted by psychiatrists, therapist, or self-help gurus but no one can actually articulate the techniques for others to utilize.

Overall the book fails to deliver on several levels. I received more valuable information from books such as "The Obstacle is the Way," and that book doesn't contain "REFRAMING" in the title.

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  • Ingrid
  • 25-06-2018

One case study after another

This may work for some, but I found it dry & well B-school does a lot of case studies right so it felt like a shortened version of that. A bit dry for my taste. Interesting in parts but will have to either check out the hard copy or notes to see if it could impact me more. Not sorry I listened to it but can say it’s a must read either.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2017

great book

the book highlights different leadership styles and to use all of them depending on the situation