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It's All About Who You Hire, How They Lead...and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader
Morton Mandel with John A. Byrne

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Format: Hardcover, 224pp.
ISBN: 9781118379882
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: December 18, 2012

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It's All About Who

With his mind, his heart, and his hands, Mort Mandel has created an enormously successful life by every measure. What does it take to build an enduring company from the ground up? What does it take to transform a social enterprise into a high-performing organization that touches the lives of people around the world? What does it take to live a life that really matters? The answers to these questions can be found in the lessons that Mort Mandel can teach us. It's All About Who is not your typical CEO biography, nor is it yet another "management" book. Instead, it is the story of a man and the practices that have allowed him to craft a life of great significance.

The book reflects the dual perspective of someone with long-term commitments in two worlds—the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors. Mandel explains that whether you want to earn more money or change the world, getting the best possible people into key roles is more important than anything else. He shows how improving the quality of leadership can lead to the other components for success: creative strategy, superb execution, and superior client or grantee satisfaction. And he illustrates how a commitment to values and the pursuit of excellence can deliver as much impact in the social world as in the corporate world. This is the essence of great leadership—and the basis of Mandel's conviction that a single individual has the power to change the world.

Throughout his unprecedented and fascinating American success story, Mandel underscores his fundamental belief that a life without meaning, purpose, and commitment isn't a life at all.


"Mandel stands out ... a true master of leadership"
—Warren Bennis

"The epitome of the American Dream, Mort Mandel has established himself as one of its greatest champions. In this book, he shares the secret of his success in both worlds: understanding the value of exceptional leadership and supporting it in every way possible."
—Vartan Gregorian, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York

"Mandel's principles are simple and straightforward, but highly effective. This book will clearly be invaluable to those leading business today, but also to teachers of management practice and their students—the managers of tomorrow."
—Ron Daniel, managing partner emeritus, McKinsey & Company

"In It's All About Who, Morton Mandel tells us the inspirational story of his life as a CEO and philanthropist. From Mandel, we learn lessons of leadership necessary to achieve the greatest levels of success!"
—Marshall Goldsmith, the author of New York Times best sellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"Leave it to a self-made billionaire and social entrepreneur to deliver the news: It's only about leadership. Morton Mandel shares his powerful story for the first time, and reveals the few well-tested practices that have generated so many extraordinary results. So stop what you're doing, get a copy of this book, and start changing your world."
—Mary Davis Holt, partner, Flynn Heath Holt Leadership; best-selling author, Break Your Own Rules

"Anchored in real-life experience, this is an absolutely fascinating and enlightening treatise on the number one imperative of leadership: attracting, developing, engaging, and retaining talent. This is a 'can't miss' classic written by people who should know. Well done!"
—Douglas R. Conant, former president, CEO, and director of Campbell's Soup Company; New York Times best-selling author, TouchPoints

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Morton L. Mandel is a self-made billionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. With his brothers, Jack and Joseph, he cofounded Premier Industrial Corporation in 1940, eventually merging it with Farnell Electronics in a $3 billion deal. The three Mandel brothers also established the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation (www.mandelfoundation.org), which funds numerous social leadership initiatives all over the world. John A. Byrne is former executive editor of BusinessWeek, former editor in chief of Fast Company, and author of ten books, including the New York Times best seller Jack: Straight from the Gut with Jack Welch.

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