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Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach [Paperback]

Gerald M. Weinberg , Ken Orr
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but relevant March 19 2014
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This is a classical book on technical leadership. It discusses various styles of leaderships and focuses on what technical leadership is, and, very importantly, is not. This book does not contain any magical advice, and is probably not sufficient to for real understanding of various leadership methodologies, but it will give a good insight coming from decades of experience and honest reflection.

I would recommend this book to current and aspiring technical managers and leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it March 20 2008
If you are serious about becoming a leader in a problem-solving environment this book will give you some very important insights. Something you might feel, but can't quite put the finger on.

It's a short book, but the material is high-density. Questions after each chapter are perhaps as important as the chapters themselves. The way the book is structured, you can treat it like a course material. In fact, it requires action on your part.

I'd sum up the book using the concepts from one of the last chapters:
Leaders are graded not by adding all the qualities together, but by multiplying. For example: 20% interpersonal skills * 80% technical = 16% total, not 100% and not 50%.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to becoming a tech. lead I've read Dec 21 2003
Concrete advice about both how to assess where you are today, and what to do to become and be a technical leader. There are also some fun anecdotal pseudo-conversations that work as a nice interlude, and a great description of the tradeoffs between technical and personal strenths.
While a light read, I couldn't help coming away from this book feeling that it was longer than it needed to be -- the information density isn't terribly high. A few of the pseudo-graphs that appeared in the book also seemed to have mislabeled axes, though that may have been corrected in subsequent editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK on Leadership Aug. 10 2003
Jerry recently stopped giving the workshop on which this book
is based. I number him among my most valued friends. Our
friendship began in that workshop. If you take the approach to
leadership that this book explains you'll be the kind of leader
that almost anyone would willingly follow, and with good reason.
I'm still trying to assimilate the thousands of tasty bits of
wisdom it contains. Jerry already has. He's been there and back
again, and has buried many of the jewels he discovered on his
journey in this book. BUY IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership for Everyone Dec 21 2002
I recommend this book to almost everyone I know. In addition to talking about management, Weinberg makes clear that anyone can lead, regardless of their official role. There are lessons in this book for everyone who works in a "knowledge" industry. And there are even lessons in the book that can help you be a better person overall.
Everyone should read this book, and you may want to own one, as there are passages that you will want to reference from time to time.
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