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Jack Stahl's 'Lessons on Leadership'

Lessons on Leadership
Title: Lessons on Leadership: The 7 Fundamental Management Skills for Leaders at all Levels; Author: Jack Stahl; Publisher: Kaplan Publishing, 2007; ISBN-13: 978-0793194742; 240 pages Review: Lessons on Leadership By Rolf Dobelli, Chairman, getAbstract

Jack Stahl worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 22 years, some of them as president. He was CEO of Revlon for five years. When it comes to leading businesses, he knows his stuff. In his book, he discusses mastering "seven frameworks" of executive leadership. He builds a strong case that corporate leaders need these "core skills."

Unfortunately, some of his prescriptions come across as elementary overviews, not concrete lessons. For example, to illustrate the need for clear corporate goals, he explains that he and his executive team set Revlon's corporate goal as: "delivering the promise of beauty" to "consumers, customers, employees and shareowners." Stahl says that, to shareholders, the promise of beauty meant "profitability" and "value." The rhetoric is appealing, but it's not very innovative: Readers know that all shareholders want to be part of a profitable business.

However, getAbstract finds that the majority of the book is useful and on target. It is well-organized and carefully outlined. It solidly covers leadership basics and includes numerous useful examples. As a savvy, seasoned corporate leader, Stahl has a lot to teach. And he teaches much - but probably not all - of it in these pages.

Book Summary

The "Seven Frameworks" of Leadership

What is the best way to lead? First, consider your goals. You want to enhance your company's capabilities and create a sound business strategy, produce and sell the best merchandise or services, and succeed at managing people, planning, communicating and making a profit. Strong executive leadership is a skill you can build. It depends on seven basic "frameworks" - core management capabilities and skills that any corporate leader must have. They are:

"Framework 1 - Leadership and Management"

Your company needs a clear goal or destination. Include the other people in your organization in the process of developing this objective. Listen to your colleagues. Know precisely how they feel. Then work with them to identify the overall results and returns you want for your enterprise. Quantify everything you hope to achieve to make it concrete. Establish a coherent strategy. To work, it must galvanize and motivate your employees. It should reflect clear choices regarding all of your organization's options as it travels the road to fulfilling its goals and ambitions. Be bold in setting objectives. People will work overtime to win first place, but no one strives hard at the outset to place fourth or fifth.

Even the best business plan is worthless without proper execution, which requires adequate assets, including funds, personnel, expertise, organization and physical infrastructure. Ensure that your organization is up to the tasks and mission you set for it. Specify all the necessary "action steps." Determine who will do what, when and how? Make contingency plans for crises or obstacles. Estimate the resources your company will need and have solutions ready to implement...

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 |  May 12, 2010; 11:10 AM ET |  Category:  Books Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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