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Right from the Start

Academic journal article Manager

Right from the Start

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This is one of those books for the lucky person who is told that he or she has just won the job of leading the organisation, who smiles brightly, shakes the hands, drinks the celebratory champagne and then goes home in terror asking him or herself 'what do I do next?' It is unfortunate, therefore, that the book opens with the discouraging words "Leadership is never easy", which conceivably might result in the next step being a move from the champagne to the brandy. Nevertheless, if you can jump over that minor authoring faux-pas and persevere, you will find this a well-structured guide to leadership for the newly-anointed.

The early chapters deal with important short-term issues such as building your credibility and securing early visible wins, as well as laying the foundations for long-term success. A useful chapter on how to learn quickly is followed by discussion of the single most important secret of long-term performance -- a clear focus and clear vision. …

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