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Maxwell has found a formula that works. Author of the successful The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, the Atlanta-based Christian business guru is back with 17 rules for teamwork. Are Maxwell's laws "indisputable"? Perhaps. But they're also obvious and banal: the weakest link will bring down a team, teammates have to be able to count on one another, etc. Maxwell urges readers to find a mentor, "see the big picture" and be willing to work hard. The cutesy alliteration and rhyme ("The Goal Is More Important than the Role") and the tired sports metaphors ("The Scoreboard Is Essential to Winning") are uninspired and uninspiring. Maxwell is enamored of his laws, but the sense that radiates from the pages of this book is that he is also enamored of himself; even the acknowledgements lack humility, as he thanks one assistant for "extend[ing] my influence around the world." He is perhaps to be commended for writing a book that will be accessible to the broadest possible audience. The occasional example features folks driving home from church but, despite the connection to Thomas Nelson, little of Maxwell's message is specifically Christian. Hindus, atheists and Shintos seeking leadership tips will be able to read this as comfortably as Baptists. Then again, perhaps providing flavorless counsel to a large, ecumenical audience is not an accomplishment worthy of applause. (July 31) Forecast: Nelson will promote this title heavily in Christian media sources, with feature stories planned for CBA Marketplace and Christian Retailing and advertising in business, Christian and in-flight magazines. Expect this business title to be business as usual for Nelson. But change is afoot: the cash cow that is Maxwell has gone in search of greener pastures. The author recently signed a deal with Warner's new Christian line.
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John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the worlds more influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.
This is a definitive guide for developing a strong team and maintaining something that is continually winning. The 17 laws is what leads to good chemistry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Horace McPherson
The book was a waste of a good [money]. It relied to heavily on cut and paste stories from the headlines and from history. It lacked heart.Published on March 30 2002
I found this to be an outstanding "how-to" book on leadership. But then, Mr. Maxwell's work is always outstanding. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002
It's quite amazing that this book is a business best-seller. The book contains nothing new and, in fact, the 17 so-called "laws" are just overblown statements of the... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by glenn parker
If you have read John's 21 Irrefutable Laws of a Leader, there is absoloutely no need to pick up this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Kevin Francis
If you are a leader or a producer with a team that assist you, then this is a must read. Do yourself and your team a favor, buy this book for you and them. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001 by Kevin P. Sacco
Dr. Maxwell's premise is that you have the authority to change (fire/remove) members on your team, that you can change your client, that you can direct other departments as well. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2001 by Parker Hurlburt