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Musings on Leadership: Life lessons to help you thrive as a leader Kindle Edition
"Musings on Leadership distills decades of practical, hard won experience into timeless lessons that will resonate with those newly thrust into leadership roles as well as more experienced practitioners. In "bite-size chunks" of content, this book draws from the wisdom of timeless thinkers like Confucius and Viktor Frankel, and combines insightful questions, deeply personal and authentic examples, and useful tools and techniques that will challenge the curious mind with a short attention span. After more than 30 years of leading people and organizations in both the private and nonprofit sector, I can honestly say that this book helped me fundamentally question and confirm my core principles of leadership. For a big return on career for a small investment of time, you should get this book!"
- Tim Zak, Teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University
"What happens when a former partner of McKinsey, who had supported more than 4000 senior leaders worldwide, writes a book? Tor Mesoy, now founder and CEO of Agnus-Consulting, decided to sum up his huge treasure of experiences in leadership consulting in a small volume. His Musings on Leadership are not a hard-to-read complex theory of economics, but a kaleidoscope of deep based and benevolent insights in the nature of human beings, who take on leadership.
Mesoy and his co-authors always start their chapters with a sometimes very private light bulb moment, that leads within five pages to general aspects of leadership. When Mesoy dives with sharks or kayaks along icebergs he ends up in practical models of good leadership. By reading the first glimpses we realize that we first have to learn to lead ourselves, before we lead others or our organizations.
Mesoy's techniques are mutable. Besides using quotes from Lao Tzu, Rumi or Viktor E. Frankl he offers profound insights in global leadership concepts - and he keeps it simple. But the core expertise in his work and writing follows Socrates' technique of maieutics. By asking meaningful, emphatic questions, he leads senior leaders and junior readers to new perspectives and deeper insights.
Who benefits from the 126 pages of this short, accessible volume? Leaders should consume and process it to become better leaders. Commuters could browse it to understand why most of their leaders could do better (maybe they haven't read the book yet). Staff council must read it, to become trustful challengers of leaders."
- Dr. Tom Riens, the vice-chairman of the personnel board of the Agentur für Arbeit Berlin Süd
"In Musings on Leadership, Tor Mesoy and his co-authors encourage their readers to gain deep insight into themselves before leading their teams and their organizations. The foundation of first-class leadership is leading ourselves. In that, a first-class leader is someone who has obtained a "higher dimension of consciousness" as in the quote of LAO TZU. The message is clear: Before running the risk of imposing your unsolved inner conflicts on the ones you lead, take responsibility to set aside time for self-reflection and become a master at leading yourself on a "lifelong journey". On 126 pages Mesoy presents useful tools and techniques to obtain this higher goal while also sharing deep personal experiences. With its endearing authenticity the book is a pleasure to read and a must for every aspiring leader on their journey."
- Heidi Riens, a teacher of Biology and Chemistry in 7th to 12th grade in Berlin--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07WZJSRYK
- Publisher : Agnus Consulting Ltd. (10 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 6167 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 110 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 473,454 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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David Harris is based in Sydney, Australia and works with executives across multiple countries on a range of leadership programs
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Each chapter stands alone, making it very easy to dip into. In fact, I found this book best taken a chapter at a time, with a chance to reflect on my own thoughts on the ideas raised.
Punchy concepts, backed up with a great blend of real-world experience and appropriate theories, pointing the reader towards 'now go and do this'. Recommended for all those who seek to develop their leadership, in any and every context.
York Winter, PhD, and Eva Winter, M.D., Berlin, Germany
Nul besoin d’être un grand patron d’industrie pour trouver inspiration dans ces « leçons de vie », conçues pour être lues chapitre par chapitre et pas nécessairement d’un seul trait, comme autant de friandises dont on se régale le temps d’un trajet en métro, nous sommes tous des leaders chacun à notre niveau, même la femme au foyer.
A LIRE ABSOLUMENT !
I completed my first read of this book and found it to be thought-provoking, educational and enjoyable. I plan to re-read it in the not-too-distant future. I enjoyed the book because I found each lesson to be easily digested, meaningful and applicable. The writing style is conversational and not filled with jargon. For example, when a lesson focuses on a difficult decision that many may fear, we are reminded that, “Now, courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that something else is more important.”
This is a book that can be read cover-to-cover, which is what I did; however, I believe that it is better when savored slowly, a chapter at a time, allowing the reader to digest the lesson and explore its application to their unique circumstances, and this is why I intend to re-read it.
Kudos to the authors for having the courage to share personal stories, allowing the rest of us to learn from their experiences.
I have been mentored by one of the authors. My conversations with him have been key for both my personal and professional growth. I hope that through this book his passion for mentoring and leadership development will have exponential impact.
I find it refreshing that the authors are very honest about their own flaws and mistakes, but also their achievements. Their ability to reflect over what they learned from their experiences (and also their clients’ experiences) made me examine myself more honestly to be able to learn more from each of the short real-life examples in the book. Depending on what you do or where you are in life there will be different examples that speak more to you.
For me there were four examples that stood out that have been important for my journey at this stage. The first one was “Mastering time management and making the most of every minute – 3 steps to success” by Nick Chatrath. This was a great practical suggestion for how to get more out of your day that I now try to follow. The second example was “Three was to make the most of your success” also by Nick Chatrath. I am at the stage in my life were I am starting to think of changing paths in a few years. This example gave me some very useful questions to reflect over to understand better how the transition will be successful. The third and fourth examples were “The value of letting go of control” by Tor Mesoy and “Giving feedback well to improve collaboration” by Yan Liu. These two examples made my rethink how I listen and also how I communicate a problem to both colleagues and persons close to me.
A leader is a person that should always seek further growth. Reading this book, we are bound to reflect over ourselves and our skillsets. This book, written by authors that are all highly skilled at reflecting over what is needed to make a great leader, is a very good tool for anyone that seeks personal development as a leader and as a person.
Nicolai Boelling, Educator, Guide; Galapagos, Ecuador