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The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment
Mike Thompson

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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9781118002346
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: September 6, 2011

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The go-to resource for business leaders who must succeed no matter what the circumstances

The world is rapidly changing and unpredictable, necessitating leaders who adjust quickly to changing priorities and unfamiliar terrain. This book offers a blueprint for developing leaders who can handle surprising challenges, from mergers to global relocation, and who thrive in turbulent times by being open to new concepts, passionate about progress, and resourceful with the tools available.
  • Features three key traits of adaptable leaders: Driven by progress, Sensationally curious, Vastly resourceful
  • Reveals how to work across corporate cultures and leverage relationships to overcome challenges
  • Shows how to bypass the traditional leadership role and take necessary risks to move forward
Written for the business leader who can land in any environment, under any set of conditions, and find a way to fit in and succeed.

The world is rapidly changing AND unpredictable, necessitating leaders who adjust quickly to changing priorities and unfamiliar terrain. Anyone in business today must be able to lead through uncertainty and disruption. She must become that person who lands on her feet and moves forward no matter what the setting or situation presents. She must become an Anywhere Leader.

The Anywhere Leader offers a blueprint for developing today's leaders who can handle surprising challenges—from mergers to global relocation—and who thrive in turbulent times by being open to new concepts, passionate about progress, and resourceful with the tools available. Written by Mike Thompson, a noted thought leader and CEO of the organizational development company SVI, this groundbreaking book draws upon years of research and Thompson's military and global business experiences to show leaders how to navigate the unknown and come out on top.

As Thompson explains, Anywhere Leaders land in foreign territory, fit right in, and immediately contribute—moving the work forward. The three traits that define Anywhere Leaders are: they are driven by progress, sensationally curious, and vastly resourceful. The book outlines an actionable blueprint for helping anyone become an Anywhere Leader and reveals what it takes to work across corporate cultures and leverage relationships to meet everyday challenges.

In addition, The Anywhere Leader answers the critical questions of the current economy: How do you do more with less? How do you create initiatives that are inspiring and sustainable? How do you work across corporate cultures, geographical boundaries, and generation gaps? How do you motivate others and leverage relationships? How do you see beyond your traditional role, and take the necessary risks to move forward?

The Anywhere Leader is filled with the information and strategies needed to increase any leader's ability to contribute, influence, and succeed anywhere, anytime.


"Heifer International leaders operate all over the world in the most difficult conditions possible. Population growth, poverty, climate change, water shortages, regional conflicts, genocide, land grabs, cultural divides and corruption are all part of their daily, shifting realities. The Anywhere Leader unambiguously surfaces the fundamental traits needed to be able to absorb all sorts of shocks, instill confidence in the mission, and focus on impact for the benefit of all."
—Pierre Ferrari, CEO, Heifer International

"The Anywhere Leader is about becoming the kind of leader you need to be in these changing times. Mike Thompson understands leaders and the realities they face. His straightforward approach will stimulate your thinking and give you the tools you need to thrive."
—Mark Sanborn, president, Sanborn & Associates, and author, Up, Down, or Sideways; You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader; and The Fred Factor

"I don't like the phrase 'born leader.' I don't believe leaders are born—they're developed. And perhaps the best way to develop leaders is to introduce them to new environments and responsibilities. Mike Thompson uses his experience and research to give the reader a road map for plunging into these uncharted waters successfully."
—Donnie Smith, CEO, Tyson Foods, Inc.

"It has become clear that the new normal for health care is dynamic change. I don't believe this situation will resolve itself in our lifetime. To be successful today, you must be able to build positive relationships with stakeholders quickly and effectively. Gone are the days when you had the luxury of time to replace a leadership team with familiar people. It is imperative that you make a positive contribution from day one, no matter the conditions and no matter the obstacles. The Anywhere Leader provides solid and practical research-based answers for doing exactly this."
—Michael McCurry, COO, Sisters of Mercy Health System

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Mike Thompson is founder and CEO of SVI, a leading organizational development company whose clients include Wal-Mart, Mercy Health, Sam's Club, Dillard's, and Tyson. He helps these complex global organizations develop and engage their entire workforce with training programs and events, assessments, and talent development systems. He also helps companies and communities navigate successfully through disruption. Previously he was founder and president of ThompsonMurray, the leader in in-store marketing. He is a regular contributor to industry trade publications.

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