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Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results

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Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results

Cy Wakeman, Larry Winget (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-87525-4 August 2010 Jossey-Bass 192 Pages

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Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results

Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:

  • Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
  • Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
  • Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves

Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.

Foreword xi
by Larry Winget

Introduction: Calling All Leaders 1

Part One: Find Peace At Work 7

1 You Are the Source of Your Suffering—and That’s the Good News 9

2 If You Argue with Reality, You Lose (but Only 100 Percent of the Time) 19

3Would You Rather Be Right, or Wildly Successful? 35

Part Two: Restore Sanity To The Workplace 47

4 Lead First, Manage Second 49

5 Play Favorites: Work with the Willing! 69

6Change Is a Fact of Life—Get Over It! How to Bullet-Proof Your Employees 83

Part Three: Lead Your Team to Results 103

7 Opinions No Longer Count—Actions Do! 105

8 Stop Judging and Start Helping: The Golden Rule of Teamwork 125

Conclusion The Reality-Based Leader’s Manifesto 141

Appendixes 145

Appendix 1 Alignment Survey 147

Appendix 2 Self-Test: Managing Versus Leading 149

Appendix 3 Feedback Frame 153

Notes 155

Acknowledgments 157

About the Author 161

Index 163