April 19, 2004
Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Ready to Lead?
Ready to Lead, A Story for New Leaders and Their Mentors by Alan Price, Jossey-Bass, 160 pages, $22.95 hardcover, May 2004, ISBN 0787969516 As I read books and look for Jack Covert Selects candidates, certain things jump out at me. I love brevity. Why use ten words when five will do. I love books that appeal to who I am and give me real rubber meets the road information. I especially love a good yarn. One genre of books often times fit this model. They are the business fable or novel. This genre has been around for almost twenty years and is increasing in popularity every since Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson wrote their best sellers. This book really fits because it is short and sweet and the ultimate airplane read. It packs a punch. Not only that, it reads like a novel, with and real characters. And in between it all, this book supplies answers and solutions to leadership issues. One of this books strengths involves the clear distinction between leadership and management. No doubt that there is a relationship between management and leadership, but it focuses on the positive aspects on becoming and being a leader who has the ability to not only inspire, but also be inspired. Which brings me to my next point: this book is so much more than just a leadership tool. It is truly inspirational as Alan Price teaches us how to deal with (inevitable) change. This book will help readers understand how to cross the bridge between managing and leading. The format of the book is fresh and an example of how well the author understands the need for change. Not only does Alan Price understand leadership, but is also a flawless and compelling storyteller. Not only does it ring true. It also educates and inspires the reader to try his leadership techniques.