Dip-In Anywhere Leadership Reading Any Time Any How

Stop should-ing on yourself.

Of course you know you SHOULD spend more time developing other leaders on your staff. But when you’re so busy putting out fires who has time for fire prevention tips and techniques?

You’re not alone in SHOULDING on yourself.

Consider a survey conducted by Corporate University Xchange, (CorpU) – a global learning and leadership research firm. That survey found that developing other leaders ranks 4th from the bottom in the time leaders actually spend on formal leadership development.

                That’s why THINKING Like a Leader in particular and the entire 3-book Leadership Mints Series is specifically designed —simply—as a tool to help busy leaders refresh their leadership development skills – easily and quickly in an on-going convenient process – primarily through 5-minute, dip-in-anywhere, grab ‘n go reading modules that can be easily and quickly re-read as new situations warrant.

Reading Time 3:38 to Savor Mint 1

               In fact, the actual average reading time is listed immediately following the title of the Leadership Mint story. For example, beneath the first Leadership Mint story in THINKING Like a Leader-Yabba Dabba Doooo! On Monday Mornings Too the posted time is  3:38.

                   That’s the time you’ll invest digesting this particular Leadership Mint to refresh the way you enlist your staff in a larger purpose so convincingly that they actually look forward to getting back to work on Monday morning.

                              When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and capitalize on the trend in the leadership development industry toward on-going, integrated, on-the-job, experiential study of leadership rather than a series of separately scheduled leadership seminars or workshops.

                             When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and fill a key learning gap especially for newly minted leaders and their busy coaches and mentors: the need for a time-sensitive, weekly reminder of key concepts that could stand on its own or be used as a formal follow-up to a workshop or seminar.

                             When you savor a Leadership Mint, you stop SHOULDING on yourself and enjoy a convenient conversation starter between leaders and their direct reports as the Annual Review continues to morph into more frequent on-going discussions on professional development in general and specific performance in particular.

       In addition to THINKING Like a Leader, the Leadership Mints Series features two other books  available on Amazon.com ($15 paperback, $8 ebook) to help you stop SHOULDING on yourself–SPEAKING Like a Leader–on civility and on empathy LOVING Like a Leader.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Reading & Recall Mark Leadership Mints Series

The 3-books in the Leadership Mints Series are designed to meet the demands of your busy day with a dip-in-anywhere format and two page chapters called Leadership Mints that take less than five minutes to read.

Each Leadership Mint begins on the right side page to accommodate the natural flow of your eye and ends with a key learning, a one-sentence takeaway that you can apply on the job right away. That one-sentence key learning is labeled to facilitate your quick recall of the salient point:

     Today’s ImproveMINT concludes each of the 77 Leadership Mints in THINKING Like a Leader.

 

Today’s EngageMINT concludes each of the 77 Leadership Mints in LOVING Like a Leader.

 

Today’s StateMINT concludes each of the 52 Leadership Mints in SPEAKING Like a Leader.

The entire 3-book Leadership Mints Series is specifically designed —simply—as a tool to help busy leaders refresh their leadership development skills – easily and quickly in an on-going convenient process – primarily through 5-minute, dip-in-anywhere, grab ‘n go reading modules that can be easily and quickly re-read as new situations warrant.

 

 

 

Leadership Mints: Grab ‘n Go Reading For Busy Leaders

You’re busy. Too busy to attend as many webinars and workshops as you might like to sharpen your leadership skills. Too busy to invest even 15-20 minutes a day to read as many blogs and books on professional development as you might like.

Phew!

Relax. Take a deep breath. Savor a Leadership Mint to refresh and revive your feeling for leading.

And here’s the best part: savoring a Leadership Mint takes less that 5 minutes.

Five Minutes! That’s the time it takes to digest a 2-page Leadership Mints story. Five Minutes to personalize optimum leadership behaviors with examples from business, sports and politics.

Call it  Grab ‘n Go reading for busy leaders in a convenient dip-in-anywhere format.

That’s the unique selling point of the  3-book Leadership Mints Series that features short stories called Leadership Mints that are consumed like a breath mint, quick and on the go, and just as easy to digest and quick to refresh.  For example in savoring a Leadership Mint, the most effective leaders can:

  •        Grab ‘n Go and take 5 minutes to energize themselves and their staffs, reading Yabba Dabba Dooo on Monday Morning Too. That’s Mint 1 among the 77 Leadership Mints in THINKING Like a Leader.
  •       Grab ‘n Go and take  5 minutes to more productively align their staffs for greater productivity, reading Becoming Chairman of the Bored.  (Yes, BORED, that is not a typo). That’s Mint 50 among the 77 Leadership Mints in LOVING Like a Leader. 
  •      Grab ‘n Go and take 5 minutes to accelerate their understanding and your persuasive skills, reading Take ’em for a Joy Ride. That’s Mint 33 among the 52 Leadership Mints in SPEAKING  Like a Leader.

The 3-books in The Leadership Mints Series are available on Amazon.com  ($15 paperback, $8 ebook).

Research Refreshes & Spices Up The Leadership Mints Series

The 3-book Leadership Mints Series is peppered with insights from 169 other books. No wonder the three books — THINKING Like a Leader, LOVING Like a Leader and SPEAKING Like a Leader have earned early notice among readers for the comprehensive research in general and the book’s consummate lists of key learnings and lists of key behavior traits of leaders.

Reading THINKING Like a Leader is like digesting the gist of 82 other books; 51 other books in LOVING Like a Leader and 36 others books on Speaking Like a Leader.

Some readers even joke that the books should be rated R for research. Woven throughout the books, the research is specifically designed to evince  key points in each of the books that provides a more memorable and even more entertaining reading experience. Consider these three examples: Continue reading “Research Refreshes & Spices Up The Leadership Mints Series”

Freshen Your Annual Review Ritual with Leadership Mints

Annual performance reviews continue to morph from a yearly ritual into a weekly conversation between managers and their direct reports.   However, the routine nature of the process can erode those weekly meetings into a CHECK UP more than a check in where the focus is more critical than creative.

           After all it’s a lot easier to play bad cop.  It’s always easier to focus on the missing piece of the puzzle instead of puzzling in a new more robust piece that adds greater value.

So what can you do to spice up the annual review ritual?

Give your direct report a break: a 5-minute Leadership Mints Break BEFORE you launch into your weekly project/performance review.

And help your direct report broaden their perspective on optimum leadership behavior without you preaching or donning a bad cop hat.

Conversation Starters on Professional Development

What a Leadership Mints Break? It’s a  conversation starter on professional development.  Leadership Mints are short 5-minute stories that personalize optimum leadership behaviors.

Those behaviors include conflict management, emotional intelligence, strategic thinking and relationship building.

Some of those Leadership Mints focus on creativity, collaboration and concentration. Other Leadership Mints address compassion, connection and conviction. And still other Leadership Mints arm leaders to communicate credibly, memorable and capably.

These Leadership Mints stories are found in the 3-book Leadership Mints Series that helps leaders think with clarity, lead with empathy and speak with civility.

Spicing Up Staff Meetings

As a team leader, you might also consider using the the 3-book Leadership Mints process to conduct a 5-minute Leadership Mints Break as part of your regular staff meetings.

These conversation starters on professional development also give leaders a more interactive framework  for learning and feedback that focuses more on capability and less on culpability.

These professional development conversation starters can usher in a more productive weekly check in.

The 3-books in The Leadership Mints Series are available on Amazon.com  ($15 paperback, $8 ebook).

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