If you’ve read my blog before, you’re aware that most of my posts have to do with growing your business. Past posts have talked about how to get found online, making connections with others in person or using social media, and the challenges of being an effective solopreneur. Since I’m also a contributing author for the Lead Change Group’s blog, you’ll sometimes see cross-over pieces touching on character-based leadership here as well.
In today’s post, these worlds collide and the result is Remarkable, if I do say so myself! Whenever I get to write about my favorite subjects at once and read a great book, it’s a win-win situation!
Kevin Eikenberry, a member of the Lead Change community, is launching his latest book “From Bud to Boss” tomorrow, and a request for reviewers went out a couple of weeks ago. Many of us in the community are helping to #buildthebuzz about this book using our collective blogging and social media talents.
Even if I wasn’t enthralled with the way this book is being marketed (which I am), this book is definitely one I’d recommend. Kevin and his co-author, Guy Harris, have created an instruction manual that belongs in the hands of every new leader on the planet (and in the hands of some more experienced leaders too).
“From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership” is that missing handbook for first-time leaders that comes alongside them and gently teaches them the things they need to know. Broken into six parts, the book covers topics such as succeeding in your transition to leadership, the nature of change, working with various communication styles, providing effective feedback and coaching, transforming groups into teams, and developing a commitment to success.
Remarkable Principles within the book highlight key points that often say more about human nature and life in general than specifically about leadership. These principles are worth taking note of, and stopping and pondering for a time. Kevin and Guy recommend keeping a journal as you read through the book, and these principles are good stopping places to make notes and visualize their application to specific circumstances you are faced with in your leadership role.
Bonus Bytes point to practical and immediately useful extras that can be found online related to the current topic. These may include checklists, tools, greater detail on a subject and more. These resources, coupled with the information in the book, go a long way towards providing you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in your new role.
But the thing I liked the most in the format of the book was that each chapter ended with Now Steps. These were actionable items that you could go and do now to improve your leadership. They were just a summary of points from the chapter, but instead, where additional items that took the chapter’s content one step further; helping you ingrain the lesson in your heart and mind.
The entire premise of the book is that you can successfully transition into your new leadership role, but that your goal shouldn’t be simply to be a leader. Instead, as you focus on becoming a Remarkable leader, you surmount many of the problems that other leaders get bogged down by. As you focus on controlling what you can and influencing who you can, you keep a proper perspective, riding the middle of the wake between tasks and people. This analogy refers to the two-sided wake that a boat leaves behind it. As you move towards either side of the wake, the waters are rougher. However, staying in the middle of the wake allows you to effectively use both edges of the wake to create Remarkable results in your team and for your organization.
If any of this sounds like information you could benefit from, I strong suggest that you pick up a copy of “From Bud to Boss” and being your journey to Remarkable leadership today! Visit the launch site on February 15th, and get some great bonus materials along with your book!