The Power of Mandate: How Visionary Leaders Keep Their Organization Focused on What Matters Most
I work for a 60 year old company that had the original entrepreneur running it for the first 55 years. When one of his ideas didn't work, he quickly moved onto the next idea. As long as something worked, it wasn't negotiable. After he sold the business, the new owners brought in a group of leaders who were all over the place. Everyone's ideas, even conflicting ones, were implemented all at the same time. And the worst part was, none of them new anything about the business or tried to learn about it. It was all about driving sales at any cost. To employees and customers! They were dismissed by the board in a blaze of glory as the masses cheered. We now have one person in charge again, who knows the business, is committed to keeping employees happy so we can keep our customers satisfied. We now have new non-negotiable guidelines that have been clearly communicated. And they actually are ones that make sense. Sure, with thousands of employees, many will not be pleased with the changes because they are a disagreeable type with no vision of their own future. This book hits a nerve with my career experience. However, it goes on and on with tired examples of exceptionally famous people and their rehashed life stories. If you are just starting out and looking for mentors to give you a vision, mould your career strategy, give you hope that you will one day become a visionary leader, that you, too can become a billionaire, then you should read this book for inspiration. If you are currently in a leadership position, and wondering what you are doing wrong, yeah, it's too late to get ideas from this book. If you experiment with a new management style now with the same staff, you'll get mocked out of a job. And for heaven's sake, if you don't know what you are doing, think you can fool people with bolsterous retoric, see panic and disbelief in the eyes of everyone you talk to, and know in your heart and mind that you are in over your head, just resign, and run for president of the United States.