are heaps of books on leadership but few as entertaining as
Peter Hawkins’. I get tired of the rather
dry and academic tones. You can always learn a huge amount
about leadership from stories. After all, we are often judged
on our own leadership by the stories that are told about us.
Read, mark and inwardly digest ... and have a laugh as you
Stephen Bubb: Chief Executive
of ACEVO - Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary
Hawkins has achieved a brilliant synthesis of old folk wisdom
and the modern day management environment. Nasrudin, the archetypal
wise fool, dons the management consultant's hat and reminds
the corporate world that truth and humour are always a more
effective medicine than soothing platitudes and stock business
speak. A must read for all Leaders and their consultants."
Roger Housden - Best
selling author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and
many other books.
"I commend this book of Nasrudin stories
to you; it is in fact an entirely commendable book - wiser
even than The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, far, far
funnier than In Search of Excellence, so much thinner than
The Harvard Business Review Encyclopaedia of Corporate Strategy,
and astoundingly cheaper than Catch 22!"
Professor Mike Pedler
- Co-author of the best selling books 'The Learning
Company' and 'The Manager's Guide to Self-Development'.
"We've never had a lasting consensus
on what 'leadership' really is, and we probably
never will. But whatever it is, the Nasrudin stories apply
incredibly well. Every story in this little book is memorable
and everyone contains a kernal of wisdom that is worthy of
considerable pondering if you are a leader, an aspiring leader,
or a leader's coach."
John Adams, Chair,
Organizational Systems Program, Saybrook Graduate
School, San Francisco. Author of 'Transforming Leadership'
of us who takes any kind of leadership does so with unexamined
assumptions about what leadership
involves. The short stories in this book will challenge and
potentially expose your assumptions. Sometimes you will laugh,
sometimes you will squirm, sometimes you'll find the story
pointless. But will you see the leadership assumptions etched
within your own responses?"
Bill Torbert, author of Action Inquiry:
The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership and Professor
of Management, Boston College
"In running a number of businesses and sitting on
Boards of a number of international companies, I constantly
see the mistakes leaders make in attending to things. Life
is fundamentally about reltionships not things. The problems
lie in the interfaces, between organisations, between teams
and between people. So do the opportunities. This book helps
us to turn our attention from seeing things to seeing relationships.
I recommend it as a great source of stories and insights
for not only executivees but also board members."
Cluver Chairman of Capespan, Wines of South Africa and Vinfuco.
Board member of Fyffes Board
member at the Universities
of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Previously a leading Brain