Tuesday, September 15, 2009

10.5 Reasons Why Even Top-Notch Executives Fail - David Herdlinger

It's a quick read.

A book you can finish in one sitting.

That's a useful criteria in reading books these days but, what's of even greater value, what makes me love a book is this:
when you can hear the author's voice and it resonates with you so well,
it makes you want to respond the way we use to respond to your Moral Science Teacher,
when I was a little boy: "One more Story Ma'am!"
Here's how David outlines "10.5 Reasons Why Even Top-Notch Executives Fail":

1. Absence Of A Clear Strategic Direction
2. Failure To Create A Sense Of Ownership
3. Absence Of A Comprehensive Goals Program
4. Failure To Align The Goals Of Every Individual, Team, And Department To The Strategic Direction
5. Using An Inadequate Definition Of Leadership
6. Inability Or Unwillingness To Hear Bad News, Especially About Oneself
7. Failure To Develop And Use Measurements
8. Failure To Hire Or Retain The Right People
9. Failure To Facilitate Two-Way Communication
10. Failure To Empower Others
10.5. Unwillingness To Ask For Help

David's reasoning within each of these 10.5 topics is enough to inspire me to become a better,
more effective executive within my venture and job and within the professional discussions in groups.
I encourage you to read - and MASTER - David Herdlinger's "10.5 Reasons Why Even Top-Notch Executives Fail"

One reading of it is already making me feel better about being a better leader, both of my company and my discussion groups...

To check out "10.5 Reasons", visit David's site at: http://tenpointfive.com/