Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I enjoy reading leadership books that have been “updated and revised”.  Sometimes they’re only fluff just to get renewed attention and sometimes they actually have some new and essential information.  Peter Block’s newly re-released book, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, does the latter.
Some of you may have read the first edition of Stewardship which came out 20 years ago.  The revised release of the book is most definitely something you’re going to want to read also.  Block backs up everything he says with examples, case studies, suggestions, and creativity.  You’ll see that your “business as usual” can’t be your “business as usual” anymore.
Right off the bat, Block’s new definition of stewardship struck a cord.  He says, in part, “It is the willingness to be accountable for the well-being of the larger organization by operating in service, rather than in control, of those around us.  Stated simply, it is accountability without control or compliance”.  We need to lessen the self-interest and increase the service experience.  There needs to be a balance of power.
This book gives you the understanding and the tools to create a work plan to get greater business results in the most effective way.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Leaders Open DoorS

I love getting new books in the mail and opening them up to see what new thoughts the author's have come up with. I started reading Leaders Open Doors wondering what new insight would be ahead . . . I was immediately amazed. Author Bill Treasurer says, "If your door is always open, how on earth would you effectively get any work done ...?" This is something I've tried to figure out for years, seeing many doors open and little being accomplished.

Treasurer provides us a whole new definition to "open door policy" - one that takes action to open doors for others - one that creates opportunities for others, and yourself. He mixes humor, personal stories, and a profound insight into a book that's very easy to read, understand, and put into practice. In fact, I read it without stopping, something I VERY rarely do.

Leaders are role models and set the tone of the organization. Opening doors for people shows that you care for them and want them to succeed as much as yourself. This book will help you reform your culture by helping you to become a positive and powerful influencer. Share your new found abilities - and this book - with other leaders and you'll soon have employees that thrive and grow . . . and stay.

Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting and former U.S. High Diver, wants leaders to be a part of opening doors of opportunities for others to thrive, achieve, and lead. The proceeds of his new book, Leaders Open Doors, are being donated to charities that serve children with special needs. Available on Amazon.