Book Reviews

Highest Rated Reviews 5 Stars

The I of Leadership: Strategies for Seeing, Being and Doing
by Nigel Nicholson

Great leaders need to answer the questions, “Who am I and why and I here?” with conviction, honesty, and purpose that will create the bond of trust that the most powerful actions require, says the author.

Why another book on leadership?  Because what leaders do matters.  The book draws you in immediately by telling the story inside the head of Bush when he was told of the Twin Towers and Blair upon receiving news about the tube bombings.  Each leader has a will and choices to make at critical moments.  Being aware of the process, the constraints, the person, the seeing, being, and doing can be helpful to everyone who is a leader or maybe a leader.   My complete review is here

Power of Communication,The: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively
by Helio Fred Garcia

“If you can’t communicate effectively, you will not lead”, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Rob Riggle says in the forward. To be a great leader you must be an excellent communicator. The paradox is that we have been communicating our whole lives and are frequently unaware of the impact of our communication skills. It requires work and practice and learning to improve.

This book takes an interesting and methodical look at nine principles of effective communication for leaders.  The nine principles are adapted from the book, Warfighting: U.S. Marine Corps Doctrinal Principle Publication No. 1, which is required reading for every Marine. The use of this surprised me, yet it works really well. There is a chapter dedicated to each principle.  It explains the principle and shows how it works or not.  The stories of the principles in action make this book a fascinating read. The analysis of historical and contemporary events through the leadership communication lens, such as Katrina, Netflix, BP oil spill, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs are helpful and insightful.  He also uses scientific research in many places to back up the principles.  He turns the whole concept of using logic to lead on its head.  First connect with the person, he writes, “We are feeling machines who also think.” My complete review is here