Official Review: Leadership Interrupted by Kevin DeShazo

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Official Review: Leadership Interrupted by Kevin DeShazo

Post by jaylperry » 28 Jan 2018, 21:17

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Leadership Interrupted" by Kevin DeShazo.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Imagine checking your inbox, looking forward to a daily email from a trusted mentor––encouraging, inspiring, sometimes course-correcting, always relevant––each day helping you to become a better leader than you were the day before.

Leadership Interrupted, by Kevin DeShazo, is a curated collection of leadership-themed emails that the author sent to his team (as well as to college athletics leaders, coaches, and administrators) over the course of a few years. Out of over 1300 of these emails, the author presents 365 of them in this book as a powerful sort of “daily devotional” for leaders.

In every way, Leadership Interrupted lives up to its subtitle: daily inspiration to become the leader you were meant to be. Each daily entry calls the reader to a higher level of leadership and life. This book contains many themes that are repeatedly presented as the core of authentic leadership: overcoming fear, doing the hard work, creating culture, putting people first, evaluating self, dealing with critics, leading intentionally, living life in balance, and becoming a leader worth following. More than mere tips and tricks, the themes presented in Leadership Interrupted are foundational to what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.

Each of the 365 “chapters” takes only a minute or two to read, ranging from a few sentences to a few paragraphs. Most entries take the form of direct exhortation, telling you what you need to do and be as a leader today. Other entries ask questions or use a short story or illustration to get the point across. There is enough jargon in the stories and illustrations to know they were not written for you but for a different specific audience. However, this specificity doesn’t detract from the message.

I found myself highlighting main points on almost every page, wanting to hold on to them and become a better leader. I have now set up a Kindle reader on my work computer with just this one book open to the next page. Each day’s entry is so focused and pithy that I am able to carry the main thought throughout my day and attempt to live up to its high standard. Some of the main points that have really struck a chord with me are: “inconsistency undermines influence” and “a dream without a plan is just a dream.”

Kevin DeShazo’s writing style is informal but energetic and dynamic. He writes more as an inspirational speaker giving a pep talk. These are pep talks worth listening to!

Leadership Interrupted would be a great addition to your own library or the perfect gift for any leader in your life. I give it an enthusiastic 4 out of 4 stars!

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Post by Maggie G » 03 Feb 2018, 18:57

This is a really good concept. I like the idea of daily readings, but I rarely remember to do them. I don’t think everyone has this problem, though, so I would expect that this book would be well received.

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Post by jaylperry » 03 Feb 2018, 19:02

Maggie,
The only way I have gotten it to work for me is with an open Kindle app on my work computer. I actually like the idea of a physical book better (especially for gifting), but I know that wouldn't really work for me. I'd forget to look at it every single day. I was thinking the author could turn the book into a paid email subscription (strange idea, I know). I might actually read one every day if it came right to my inbox.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 04 Feb 2018, 00:47

That is one great idea. I know these 365-inspiring-things pieces are a dime a dozen, but something specific to leadership is unique (for me, at least). I'm glad you find the book a great everyday mentor.

I would be happy to read this book, too. But maybe a better title would be "Leadership Uninterrupted."

Thanks for the enthusiastic review, Jaylperry!

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Post by jaylperry » 04 Feb 2018, 01:36

Miriam Molina wrote:
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But maybe a better title would be "Leadership Uninterrupted."
I did find myself wondering several times about the book's title. I think it does a disservice to the book. Perhaps the author had some grand idea about how the title worked, but it never quite fit for me.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 04 Feb 2018, 07:52

There's this movie Girl, Interrupted, but I haven't seen it. Maybe the author was inspired by that title.

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Feb 2018, 08:43

A glowing review. I love the idea of a leader sending encouragement emails to his team. This sounds like a worthy read. Thanks for the information.
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Post by jaylperry » 04 Feb 2018, 10:28

I like the fact that the daily entries are undated. You can pick up this book any time of year and start off on “Day 1.”
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Post by jaylperry » 04 Feb 2018, 10:30

kandscreeley wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 08:43
A glowing review. I love the idea of a leader sending encouragement emails to his team. This sounds like a worthy read. Thanks for the information.
This book made me want to send out daily emails to my team! And then I thought about how much work that would take. And then I was like, “never mind.”
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Post by Al Chakauya » 04 Feb 2018, 12:02

Wooow!; sending e-mails to your team- sounds tedious but helpful at the same time. I loved the idea of daily readings. The book explores a unique approach and I believe it will have a positive impact on the reader. I loved your review.

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Post by vinodsai » 13 Feb 2018, 01:51

Amazing Review. It's the little things that lead to big happenings. The daily inspirations challenge you to reshape your thinking, develop confidence and unleash the leader in you.

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Post by jaylperry » 13 Feb 2018, 02:12

vinodsai wrote:
13 Feb 2018, 01:51
Amazing Review. It's the little things that lead to big happenings. The daily inspirations challenge you to reshape your thinking, develop confidence and unleash the leader in you.
I am very impressed with how just a few sentences can give me the inspiration I need to become my best self. Repeated day after day, the inspirations can make a real difference!
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