Author Andrew Razeghi
The number of leadership models is truly bewildering, but I think UK senior managers are likely to pick up this book and relish its brisk and lively style.
Razeghi argues that hope can be turned into an actionable tool to salvage situations and motivate others.
He quotes anecdotes about high-achieving Americans to illustrate this, including the great story of how Walt Disney created Mortimer Mouse when he was at his lowest ebb (luckily his wife persuaded him that Mickey was a catchier name).
And just to keep it real, he contrasts Walt and Mickey with the story of British explorer Ernest Shackleton, whose 1914-15 trans-Antarctic expedition is one of the greatest survival epics.
Shackleton, argues Razeghi, kept his fellow explorers hopeful even when marooned on ice for nine months. Other leaders can do the same as the author illustrates with tips on communication and inspiration, such as “sell the implications,not the idea”.
This is a great book that you could recommend to any level of manager without embarrassment.
Useful? four out of five
Well-written? five out of five
Value of money? four out of five