By D. M. Lukas and John L. Mariotti
This is a book on leadership, which uses the many mistakes and failures of Barack Obama's first term as illustrative examples for leadership lessons to be learned. The mistakes and failures during Obama's presidency are nearly all traceable to his fundamental leadership and experience shortcomings. Barack Obama's grand intentions and soaring rhetoric have not translated into effective leadership--and that is the great learning opportunity. Amidst the many differences about ideology and challenges of the US presidency, one fact emerges clearly: Barack Obama lacked the leadership skills and breadth/depth of experience for the job. Elected with expectations that he would be a "uniter," Barack Obama failed at the most important role of a leader and has, in fact been a "divider." His stated goal: "to fundamentally change America" has materialized in mostly negative results--unfulfilled "HOPE" and "CHANGE" for the worse.
In thirty short, easy-to-read chapters, the book offers useful lessons about what to do differently and how to do that more effectively--translated to business and personal situations. A summary of the "Lessons" is also provided at the end of the book for a quick review. This is a great resource for current and aspiring leaders, who can learn a lot from the book's familiar high-profile situations, the problems that Obama had or created, and how the right kind of leadership would have dealt with them.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION: Hope is Not Strategy
- ONE: Style Is Only More Important Than Substance--Temporarily
- TWO: Speeches Are Not Plans--or Strategies
- THREE: Don't Change Your Values to Fit Your Audiences
- FOUR: You Never Win Pitting Groups in an Organization Against Each Other
- FIVE: Integrity Is Your Most Important Asset
- SIX: What Do You Do When Nobody Is Following Your Lead?
- EXPERIENCE AND PEOPLE
- SEVEN: There's No Substitute for Real Experience
- EIGHT: You Are Only As Good as the People You Surround Yourself With
- NINE: You Are Known by the Company You Keep
- TEN: Stay Humble, Don't Believe Your Own Hype
- ELEVEN: Beware the Pretender
- TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES
- TWELVE: Words and How You Use Them ARE Powerful
- THIRTEEN: Be Prepared To Deal With The Consequences of Your Actions
- FOURTEEN: When You Don't Have The Answer--Don't Try to Sound Like You Do
- FIFTEEN: Take Responsibility for Your Actions--and Your Mistakes
- SIXTEEN: There Are No Successful Victims
- MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS
- SEVENTEEN: Noble Intentions Don't Justify Screwing Up
- EIGHTEEN: If Something Is Too Big To Fail, It Will!
- NINETEEN: Throwing Money At Problems Doesn't Fix Them
- TWENTY: All Spending Is Not "Investment"
- TWENTY-ONE: Victory by Definition Isn't Victory
- HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY
- TWENTY-TWO: Change for Change Sake Can Be Harmful
- TWENTY-THREE: Wishing Doesn't Make It Happen
- TWENTY-FOUR: Tactical Executives LoseÉStrategic Executives Win
- TWENTY-FIVE: The Humpty-Dumpty Principle
- TWENTY-SIX: Understand Your Customer Before You Try to Sell Them Something
- TIMELESS TRUTHS
- TWENTY-SEVEN: Take Care of the StakeholdersÉThey'll Take Care of You
- TWENTY-EIGHT: Lack of Focus Will Sink You
- TWENTY-NINE: Accountability Will Make You
- THIRTY: The Definition of Insanity
- THIRTY-ONE: Make Three Envelopes