One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership
October 2011, Jossey-Bass
Based on leadership expert Mike Figliuolo's popular "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper teaches decisive, effective leadership by taking a holistic approach to defining one's personal leadership philosophy. Through a series of simple questions, readers will create a living document that communicates their values, passions, goals and standards to others, maximizing their leadership potential.
- Outlines a clear approach for identifying a concise and meaningful set of personal leadership maxims by which leaders can live their lives
- Explains and applies four basic aspects of leadership: leading yourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading a balanced life
- Generates a foundational document that serves as a touchstone for leaders and their teams
Simple, applicable, and without pretense, One Piece of Paper provides a model for real leadership in the real world.
1 Understanding the Leadership Maxims Approach 3
2 On Buzzwords 15
PART TWO LEADING YOURSELF.
3 Learning to Lead Yourself 25
4 Why Do You Get Out of Bed Every Day? 33
5 How Will You Shape Your Future? 41
6 What Guidelines Do You Live By? 51
7 When You Fall Down, How Do You Pick Yourself Back Up? 61
8 How Do You Hold Yourself Accountable? 71
PART THREE LEADING THE THINKING.
9 Becoming a Thought Leader 83
10 What Standards Do You Hold Your Team To? 89
11 Where Are You Taking Your People? 99
12 How Will You Foresee the Future? 111
13 After All That Thinking, How Will You Drive Action? 119
PART FOUR LEADING YOUR PEOPLE.
14 What It Means to Lead Your People 131
15 What Is Your Natural Style? 137
16 How Will You Remember to Treat Your Team Members as Individuals? 147
17 How Will You Stay Connected to Your Team's Reality? 157
18 How Will You Commit to Your People's Growth? 167
PART FIVE LEADING A BALANCED LIFE.
19 Defining Balance 179
20 How Will You Define Your Boundaries? 185
21 How Will You Keep Things in Perspective? 193
22 What Are You Passionate About? 201
PART SIX MAKING IT REAL.
23 Living Your Maxims 211
24 Sharing 217
Appendix A: The Author's Maxims 229
Appendix B: Your Maxims 231
About the Author 233
MIKE FIGLIUOLO is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in leadership development, and a nationally-recognized speaker and blogger on the topic of leadership. An Honor Graduate from West Point, Figliuolo served in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding his own company, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
—Roland Smith, president and CEO, Wendy's / Arby's Group
"One Piece of Paper elegantly tackles the complex topic
of leadership and makes it real, practical, and powerful for
leaders in all walks of life. Leadership is about relationships.
The approach explained in this book will help you build a strong
foundation for the relationships you have with your team."
—Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University
"In One Piece of Paper, Mike Figliuolo brushes aside the
buzzwords and offers a clear path to becoming a truly authentic
leader. If you want your team to work both harder and
smarter—not just because you're the boss, but because you're
a trusted ally—buy this book."
—Keith Ferrazzi, author, Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
"Because Mike Figliuolo is a leader himself, he truly
understands the challenges leaders face in the real business
world. His guidance and advice are practical, and in One Piece
of Paper he zeroes in on the skills leaders need to compete
effectively in today's global environment."
—Gail Leiber, director, Global Learning & Development Consulting Practice, Abbott Laboratories
"With professional ease, Mike joins with his reader through the
building of leadership maxims, with a promise of collection into
‘one piece of paper’ at the end. The book feels like a
conversation between two old friends, one of them being you."
—John Galvin, General, U.S. Army, Retired and Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
"With his unique insights from decades of experience as a combat
arms officer, management consultant, Fortune 500 executive, and
entrepreneur, Mike Figliuolo has hit the mark with a must-read for
leaders at all levels who want to radically improve their
—The Honorable David McCormick, Under Secretary of the U.S Treasury (2007-2009)
"Once I began it, I could not put Mike's book down as I learned
how to learn about myself. Beginning with establishing an
honest, personal introspective foundation, One Piece of
Paper provides a hands-on, actionable guide to credible,
—Jack Partridge, president, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.
"Dynamic leaders at all levels will benefit from Mike
Figliuolo's experience and powerful approach. If you are ready to
take ownership of defining your authentic style of leadership, then
One Piece of Paper is the place to begin."
—Kim Gravell, vice president, Strategy Management, Cardinal Health
"One Piece of Paper is exceptionally framed,
forward-thinking, and thought provoking. Mike Figliuolo
provides key leadership insights and perspectives that are
real. This book represents concise, practical, and effective
thinking on leadership, and plainly said, this approach
—Darcie Zeliesko, group leader, Heinz North America
"Mike Figliuolo's maxims approach to leadership provides a
simple yet profound template for developing the kind of synergy,
trust, and confidence essential for successful
—Robert F. Foley, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired
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