4 out of 4 stars
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Do you hold a leadership position in your organization? Then you must be familiar with the saying: “It’s lonely at the top.” Chiefs is one book that teaches leaders how to make the top a little less lonely. The author, Neil Flett, has recorded tremendous success coaching people at the top levels of management in various organizations. He proves this by keeping this book short and concise, which shows me he understands the value of time.
Chiefs addresses all the scary aspects of being a leader, from staying in control at all times to communicating with staff, clients and the media. It also addresses public speaking, finances, technology and growing your organization. There are lots of helpful tips on what to do about bad press, when and how to use and not use e-mail, how to structure and improve speeches, and more. The author has written this book for top management level professionals, and I believe every leader serious about always putting their best foot forward should get their hands on this book.
There are many things to like about this book. The entire book is well organized, and each section stands out. I went through the subsections that interested me most at first, and surprisingly, found them easy to understand. Neil does not beat about the bush, neither does he include needless examples and stories.
There is a section in this book that deals with how using notes can make or mar a speech, and it includes a sample speech. At first, I was doubtful the methods proposed by the author were workable. So I practised the sample speech following the instructions set out in the book on body language and movement. My husband helped make a video of me practising. I was pleasantly surprised! I actually looked like one in charge. From that moment, I was sold.
Mr. Flett, my nickname for your book is “The Boss Handbook.” Chiefs has earned a well deserved 4 out of 4 stars from me. I actually searched this book for something to dislike, but couldn’t find anything worth a lesser rating.
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