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Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quicklyby Mike Myatt
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Look up the verb to hack in any contemporary dictionary and you're likely to find as many as ten or more definitions, including: "to break up the surface of the ground," "to alter a computer program by accessing its operating code," "to cope with or manage successfully," "to clear a path by cutting away brush, vines, and weeds," and "to create innovative customizations to existing or outdated methodologies." For the purposes of this book, all of the above apply.
The follow-up to Mike Myatt's internationally acclaimed Leadership Matters, Hacking Leadership is for leaders who feel that their performance falls short of their potential and who want to know why. It's for leaders who understand that in business today, the rule is adapt or die. And it's for anyone who wants to expand their leadership acumen, or for leaders interested in shaping a sustainable culture of leadership.
While much of what you discover within the pages of this book will be new to you, some will be very familiar. As Mike explains, core leadership principles have remained largely the same since the dawn of time. The trick is learning how to integrate those principles with evolving leadership practices engineered for twenty-first century success.
Enter Hacking Leadership. It delivers a proven approach to identifying your blind spots and closing leadership gaps. This book helps you gain a sharper perspective on your performance as a leader; learn to challenge your presuppositions about leadership and who you are as a leader; gain deep insights into your perceptual biases and self-imposed limitations; and totally reframe your thinking about what it means to be a leader.
But that's not all. With the help of in-depth case studies chronicling his work with leaders at many of the world's leading organizations, Mike identifies the eleven leadership gaps which can be fatal to your health as a leader. These include gaps in the key areas of leadership, purpose, future, mediocrity, culture, talent, knowledge, innovation, expectation, complexity, and failure.
More importantly, he arms you with actionable leadership and management hacks to bridge those gaps in order to create a true culture of leadership within your organization and drive record-breaking bottom-line and top-line business results.
Offering a bold new approach to leadership development and powerful tools for achieving your full potential as a leader, Hacking Leadership is must-reading for anyone who refuses to think of leader as merely a job title, but as their life's mission.
Management expert Mike Myatt explains the eleven gaps every leader must close to reach their future goals
Everyone has blind spots. The purpose of this book is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps. The bulk of the book will based on actionable, topical leadership and management hacks to bridge eleven gaps every business needs to cross: leadership, purpose, the future, excellence, culture, talent, innovation, expectations, complexity, and failure.
About the Author
MIKE MYATT is the CEO of N2growth, a global leader in providing leadership development services to Fortune 500 companies. He is widely regarded as America's Top CEO Coach, the author of Leadership Matters, and a Forbes Leadership Columnist. Mike Myatt is one of the world's most respected authorities on leadership, having been recognized by Thinkers50 and other organizations as one of today's preeminent leadership thinkers, and his theories and practices have been taught at many of the nation's top business schools. Mr. Myatt has worked directly with more than 150 public company CEOs and his representative corporate clients include: AT&T, Bank of America, Deloitte, EMC, Humana, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, and other leading global brands. Mr. Myatt also frequently lectures and keynotes on the topic of leadership. If you're interested in contacting him, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @MikeMyatt, or find more information on his company website at www.n2growth.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Hacking the Leadership Gap 1
Overview—The Commoditization of Leadership 1
The Leadership Gap Defined 3
Hacking the Control Gap 5
The Awareness Gap—Finding the Blind Spots 7
The Key to Clarity—White Space 8
Hacking the Status Quo 11
Hacking the Preparation Gap 13
Chapter 2 Hacking the Purpose Gap 17
Following in the Footsteps of
Greatness—The Movement Hack 20
Individual Purpose—Hacking the Purpose Continuum 21
Hacking the Pursuit Gap 24
Hacking the Passion Gap 26
Finding Organizational Purpose
Begins with Hacking Why 28
Hacking the Profit Gap 28
Chapter 3 Hacking the Future Gap 33
How to See around Corners—Hacking the Vision Gap 35
To Hack the Future You Must Have Clear Perspective on the Past 36
To Hack the Future You Must Understand How to Navigate the Present 37
Hacking the New Normal 38
Great Leaders Hack the Future by Pulling It Forward 40
Hacking Generational Complexity 42
Chapter 4 Hacking the Mediocrity Gap 45
Hacking the Impulsivity Gap 48
Hacking the Impossibility Gap 50
Hacking the Safety Gap 52
Hacking Political Correctness 54
Chapter 5 Hacking the Culture Gap 57
Hacking the Gap between Strategy and Culture 58
The Right Foundation—Hacking the Culture Construct 60
Hacking the Management Construct 61
Hacking the Scarcity Gap 62
Hacking the Courage Gap 64
Hacking the Arrogance Gap 65
Hacking the Rumor Mill 67
Hacking Diversity 70
Hacking Scalability 73
Hacking the Me Too Gap—Don’t Copy, Create 75
Chapter 6 Hacking the Talent Gap 79
Hacking the Trust Gap 79
Hacking the Loyalty Gap 83
Hacking the Four Dimensions of Talent 86
Hacking the Hiring Gap 89
Hacking the Definition Gap 93
Hacking the Quality Gap—Supply versus Demand 96
Hacking the Consensus Gap 97
Hacking the One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All Gap 103
Hacking the Pressure Gap 104
Hacking the Turnover Gap 106
Chapter 7 Hacking the Knowledge Gap 111
Hacking Static Thinking 112
Hacking the Decision Gap 115
Hacking the Competency Gap 119
Hacking the Learning Gap 121
Hacking the Reading Gap 123
Hacking the Communication Gap 126
Hacking the Sensitivity Gap 131
Hacking the Story 134
Hacking Verbosity 136
Chapter 8 Hacking the Innovation Gap 139
Hacking the Idea Trap—What Innovation Is Not 140
Hacking the Change Gap 142
Hacking the Gap between
Incremental and Disruptive 145
Hacking the Next Level 148
Hacking the Competition 150
Hacking the Flexibility Gap 153
Chapter 9 Hacking the Expectation Gap 155
Hacking the Alignment Gap 156
Hacking the Discipline Gap 158
Chapter 10 Hacking the Complexity Gap 161
Hacking Complexity 162
Hacking Smart 163
Chapter 11 Hacking the Failure Gap 167
Hacking Perfection 168
Hacking a Defensive Mind-set 170
Hacking Succession 172
Final Thoughts 177
Hacking Your Family Life 178
Hacking Apathy 180
Hacking the Excuse Gap 180
About the Author 183
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