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The Feiner Points of Leadership: The 50 Basic Laws That Will Make People Want to Perform Better for You
There's no mistaking what a great leader does. The real challenge is to know how it's done. Understanding the nuances of putting leadership into action has long been the specialty of Michael Feiner, the former chief people officer at Pepsi-Cola and current management professor at Columbia Graduate School of Business. Now, in this hands-on, plain-speaking, practical guide, Feiner shares his hard-won expertise and gives you detailed solutions to the everyday problems of leadership. "The Feiner Points of Leadership" offers fifty insightful laws covering everything from managing tough bosses and difficult subordinates, to dealing with uncooperative colleagues, to overcoming resistance to corporate change. Based on Feiner's experiences as an aspiring executive, senior leader, and management consultant, "The Feiner Points" shows you that leadership has little to do with grand strategies or personal charisma.
A book on leadership that's worth reading and keeping
By Srikumar S. Rao
- June 9, 2004
I know this guy. He is one of the most popular professors at Columbia Business School and his course is one of the highest rated. Students struggle to take his course. I discovered this first-hand when I found my own teaching assistant despondent because she didn't get in and there was no other course being offered that she could get excited about.The same skills that make one a great professor also can make one a great leader. Feiner cares about his students. If one is absent without explanation, he calls to find out why and if she is OK. He tells them exactly what he will do for them and what he expects in return. And then he does more, much more.Feiner's basic thesis is that Leadership is all about managing relationships. A great leader has a web of relationships - with subordinates, peers, superiors, clients, external agents like journalists and analysts, and a host of others. How successfully you manage this web is what determines how effective you are.Feiner gives you... read more
Summary: Hands-On Leadership Tool-kit
By Paul Misir
- July 19, 2004
While numerous books on leadership are released every year, most are too vague to be effective in helping the reader implement the recommended practices (i.e., usually broad, too academic, or merely describe behaviors of leaders).
"The Feiner Points" is exceptional because it describes specific actions and activities one can undertake. The author, Michael Feiner, takes a hands-on approach and attempts to answer every reader's natural question: "what can I do today?" to become a better leader. Feiner provides tangible and functional suggestions (he calls them "Laws") throughout the book that are simple and memorable, and thus easy to apply. (Note: The concepts in the book can be applied at various stages of one's career.)
Another reason the book is effective is because the author has taken the viewpoint of a lifelong career and leadership "coach." This differs from other books written by famous leaders, whose advice is often only applicable to someone with... read more
One of the best books on the market
- October 13, 2004
I had this guy as a professor at Columbia (no, he didn't put me up to this). His was by far the best management class I ever took. I'm so glad to see that he's compiled all that great insight into a book.
It's good, solid, practical advice that you can use almost as a handbook. No lame parables, no hyperpunctuation, no facile consultant's tips.
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