Great Leaders Grow 9781609943035

Becoming a Leader for Life

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Great Leaders Grow

Identifies the specific ways leaders must grow to remain inspiring and effective.

  • By the bestselling authors of The Secret (over 350,000 copies sold): the legendary Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, a top executive at one of the most successful restaurant chains in the country
  • Identifies the specific ways leaders must grow-on the job and off-to remain inspiring and effective
  • Written for both established leaders looking to ensure their continued effectiveness and those who aspire to leadership
  • Click here for the press release

Successful leaders don't rest on their laurels. Leadership must be a living process, not a title on a business card, and life means growth. As Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller write in the introduction, "the path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. ¦ Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It's really that simple." Great Leaders Grow shows leaders and aspiring leaders precisely which areas to focus on so they can remain effective throughout their lives.

As the book opens, Debbie Brewster, an accomplished leader herself, becomes a mentor to Blake, her late mentor's son, as he begins his career. Debbie tells Blake, "How well you and I serve will be determined by the decision to grow or not. Will you be a leader who is always ready to face the next challenge? Or will you be a leader who tries to apply yesterday's solutions to today's problems? The latter will ultimately fail. The difference: the decision to grow. And not a short-term decision but a decision to grow throughout your career and throughout your life. This single decision is a game changer for leaders."

Over the next several weeks Debbie reveals what this means in practical terms. She and Blake explore four ways that leaders must continue to grow, both on the job and off, because who you are as a leader is inextricably connected to who you are as a person. Whether you're a CEO or an entry-level employee, you'll be inspired to reflect on your own life and to design your own unique long-term growth plan, leading to not only continuing professional success but personal fulfillment as well.

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Identifies the specific ways leaders must grow to remain inspiring and effective.

  • By the bestselling authors of The Secret (over 350,000 copies sold): the legendary Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, a top executive at one of the most successful restaurant chains in the country
  • Identifies the specific ways leaders must grow-on the job and off-to remain inspiring and effective
  • Written for both established leaders looking to ensure their continued effectiveness and those who aspire to leadership
  • Click here for the press release

Successful leaders don't rest on their laurels. Leadership must be a living process, not a title on a business card, and life means growth. As Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller write in the introduction, "the path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. ¦ Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It's really that simple." Great Leaders Grow shows leaders and aspiring leaders precisely which areas to focus on so they can remain effective throughout their lives.

As the book opens, Debbie Brewster, an accomplished leader herself, becomes a mentor to Blake, her late mentor's son, as he begins his career. Debbie tells Blake, "How well you and I serve will be determined by the decision to grow or not. Will you be a leader who is always ready to face the next challenge? Or will you be a leader who tries to apply yesterday's solutions to today's problems? The latter will ultimately fail. The difference: the decision to grow. And not a short-term decision but a decision to grow throughout your career and throughout your life. This single decision is a game changer for leaders."

Over the next several weeks Debbie reveals what this means in practical terms. She and Blake explore four ways that leaders must continue to grow, both on the job and off, because who you are as a leader is inextricably connected to who you are as a person. Whether you're a CEO or an entry-level employee, you'll be inspired to reflect on your own life and to design your own unique long-term growth plan, leading to not only continuing professional success but personal fulfillment as well.

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Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate people in the business world today.

From his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager (coauthored with Spencer Johnson)--which has sold more than thirteen million copies and remains on best-seller lists--to the library of books coauthored with outstanding practitioners--Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Whale Done!, and many others--Ken's impact as a writer is extraordinary and far-reaching. Ken is the chief spiritual officer (CSO) of The Ken Blanchard Companies, and international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979in San Diego, California. He is also a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the board of trustees.

Ken and Margie, his wife of more than forty years, live in San Diego. Their son Scott and daughter Debbie hold key positions in the Ken Blanchard Companies.

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Mark Miller is a business leader, best-selling author, and communicator. 

Mark began his Chick-fil-A career working as an hourly team member in 1977. In 1978, Mark joined the corporate staff working in the warehouse and mailroom. Since that time, he has provided leadership for Corporate Communications, Field Operations, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Training and Development, and today, he serves as the Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness. During his time with Chick-fil-A, annual sales have grown to almost five billion dollars. The company has more than 1,750 restaurants in thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia. 

Mark began writing about a decade ago. He teamed up with Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager, to write The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Recently, he released The Secret of Teams, which outlines some of the key lessons learned from a twenty-year study on what makes some teams outperform the rest. His most recent book, Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, was released in February 2012 and was co-authored with Ken Blanchard. Today, almost 600,000 copies of Mark’s books are in print in twenty-eight languages. 

In addition to his writing, Mark loves speaking to leaders. Over the years, he’s traveled extensively around the world teaching for numerous international organizations. His theme is always the same: encouraging and equipping leaders. His topics include leadership, creativity, team building, and more. 

Mark has an active lifestyle. As a photographer, he enjoys shooting in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Antarctica, Everest Base Camp, and the jungles of Rwanda. 

Mark is also active in social media. He’d love to connect with you via: 

Website: GreatLeadersServe.org 

On Twitter: @LeadersServe 

On Facebook: Great Leaders Serve 

LinkedIn: Mark Miller

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Introduction

Chapter 1: An Unexpected Loss

Chapter 2: Moving Forward

Chapter 3: Learning to Serve

Chapter 4: Landing the Job

Chapter 5: Gaining Knowledge

Chapter 6: A Rocky Start

Chapter 7: Reaching Out to Others

Chapter 8: Teaming Up

Chapter 9: Opening Your World

Chapter 10: A Plan of Action

Chapter 11: Walking Toward Wisdom

Chapter 12: The Presentation

Chapter 13: Room to Grow

Resources to Grow:

Pesonal Assessment

Other Assessments

The SERVE Model

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Great Leaders Grow

Introduction

Have you ever felt like you could lead at a higher level but you weren’t quite sure how to get there? Have you ever wondered how to strengthen your influence and increase your impact? Have you ever considered what enables some leaders to soar above all others? We’ve asked these questions and more just like them. We’re convinced, after more than seventy years of combined leadership, that the path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. There’s certainly more to leadership than growth, but growth is at the heart of what creates and sustains great leaders. Growth is the leader’s fountain of youth.

Growing for a leader is like oxygen to a deep sea diver: without it you die. Unlike the diver, you may not physically die—but if you stop growing, your influence will erode; and over time, you can even lose the opportunity to lead at all.

Tragically, you see these losses in organizations large and small, for profit and not for profit—leaders who attain a position of leadership and fail to keep up. Or some get a promotion based on their potential, but that potential never materializes. Or perhaps you see it in young emerging leaders who never get their shot. Their untapped potential remains untapped. What do all these situations have in common? Personal growth—or the lack of it. The failure to grow sabotages the career of more leaders than anything else.

Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple. However, simple doesn’t mean easy. Like most of life’s powerful principles, the power is in the application. That’s what this book is all about.

In the pages that follow, you’ll go along for the ride of a lifetime with Blake, an energetic yet reluctant emerging leader. Don’t get hung up on his age or lack of experience. There’s some of Blake in all of us, particularly when we’re faced with the challenge of growing as a leader.

Debbie Brewster plays the part of trusted mentor to Blake and shares with him four big ideas that, if applied consistently, will enable him to be a leader for life.

The idea of leading for the rest of our lives is appealing to us. We may not choose to lead in our current context or circumstances indefinitely, but name a leader you know who wants to become stagnant or, worse, irrelevant. We don’t know any. If you decide that you want to lead well your entire life—whether in the marketplace, a nonprofit, or even in your family—you must continue to grow.

We pray that the ideas in this book will fuel your passion to grow, convince you that you can grow, show you how to grow, and empower you to grow for the rest of your life. Have fun as you GROW!

—Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller

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