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

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Format: Hardcover, 192pp.
ISBN: 9780470613504
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: September 21, 2010

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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.

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Cy Wakeman is a dynamic, well-respected national keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer. Her unique programs develop and build successful leaders and teams; her approach is unconventional, candid, and entertaining. Reality-Based Leadership has helped many groups and organizations break through their reasons, stories and excuses to develop innovative solutions to long-standing issues.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Larry Wingetix
Introduction: Calling All Leaders1
Part One Find Peace at Work7
1You Are the Source of Your Suffering—and That's the Good News9
2If 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 Workplace47
4Lead First, Manage Second49
5Play Favorites: Work with the Willing!69
6Change Is a Fact of Life—Get Over It! How to Bullet-Proof Your Employees83
Part Three Lead Your Team to Results103
7Opinions No Longer Count—Actions Do105
8Stop Judging and Start Helping: The Golden Rule of Teamwork125
Conclusion: The Reality-Based Leader's Manifesto141
Appendix 1 Alignment Survey147
Appendix 2 Self-Test: Managing Versus Leading149
Appendix 3 Feedback Frame153
About the Author161

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