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The Complete 101 Collection Hardcover – Apr 9 2012
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John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014.His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained over 6 million leaders in every nation. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.
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Knowing your purpose in life,
Growing to reach your maximum potential, and
Sowing seeds that benefit others."
― John C. Maxwell, The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know
Filled with inspiring quotes, leadership wisdom, and personal stories, Maxwell has created a resource which is helpful, and insightful. Targeted at individuals in leadership positions or business, this large volume includes all of Maxwell's '101' books, such as:
At over 600 pages, this hardcover book is formatted in such a reader-friendly way. The sections of the book are portioned off with numbers + bullet points, and includes motivational quotes in each chapter. Though this book is most definitely geared towards leaders, I feel the truth and wisdom in this book is beneficial for all people throughout life (hey, I love it!). I really believe this helpful resource ought to be on every bookshelf (you should check it out!) - especially the bookshelves of ministry leaders & business people.
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He is a clear author, and uses memorable stories, examples, and quotations to make things memorable.
The Complete 101 Collection by Maxwell is written in an essay-like format that mirrors several other books written by our author, which is the “101” series of books. The 101 series includes short, pick-up-able works focused on one overarching topic, including subjects like attitude, leadership, success, teamwork, or mentoring. Each of the chapters in The Complete 101 Collection is a summary of each of these books, and so the chapters contain already-published revised content.
It seems a little presumptuous to review a Maxwell book—in terms of content, it’s classic high-quality, timely information that’s similar in style and form to other Maxwellian literature. In short, it’s awesome. As someone who listens to Ziglar at least once a week, I find some of the empowering and inspirational material in this book a soothing refreshment compared to some of the other more academic topics, including I/O psych and organizational development.
Just a few thoughts if you’re not familiar with our author. When reading Maxwell, you know that you’ll have good quotes to add to a Moleskine, but you probably won’t find primary sources and research in terms of social science. That’s okay, because that’s not the vein Maxwell runs in. Also, if you’re turned off by “self-help” styles of books, this may not be for you. There is a place for this kind of material, I believe, and Maxwell is one of the best authors to go with for this content because of his experience, scholarship, and Christian worldview.
What’s covered in this book? Our chapters are on:
Each of these chapters have 2-3 subsections which break down the book summaries into digestible essays.
SUMMING UP THE COMPLETE 101 COLLECTION
In short, just about anyone should get this book. If you’ve already got a substantial collection of the Maxwell 101 books, you may instead want to look at collecting any individual volumes you’re missing, unless you don’t mind content cannibalization. But if not, this is a solid primer on Maxwell
material for pastors, leaders, or those interested in personal development.
You can get The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know by John Maxwell here.
I enjoy reading what Maxwell has to say. His works are some of the very few where I can say with honesty that the writing style almost makes up for the fact that he is not present speaking to you. The key points in his works are phrased in a way that the ideas can connect with any reader avid to the topic. This is exactly what you get regarding this book. When Maxwell discusses the importance for maintaining a positive attitude, his word choice conveys this necessity and you can detect the enthusiasm in his "voice." When he talks about how one achieves success, the reader feels like Maxwell has been there many times before. As he describes the necessity to mentor others, the reader feels as if he or she is being taken under Maxwell's wing, and realizes that is what Maxwell has been doing all along.
Having read most of the 101 series before, the big thing I appreciated about The Complete 101 Collection is that the book is organized not by chronological publication date, but by how well the subjects of the books logically flow into one another. If you already have most or all the "101" books, consider reading this anyway (and even buying it to have as a resource and then giving your individual 101 books to others) because the order the topics are arranged creates a new feel for each of the books separately.
The individual who is in a leadership position, may be in a leadership position later, or enjoys working alongside others should consider reading this book. Maxwell's insights are invaluable to any individual as he or she develops quality leadership traits.
The book was provided for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for it being reviewed. I was not obligated to publish a positive review; the opinions contained are mine.
Each of these books is intended as an introduction to its topic. Don't expect to learn everything you need to know as a leader, despite the subtitle, "What Every Leader Needs to Know". However, do expect to get a good introduction to the things that a good leader needs to know and do. There are numerous references to other books by Maxwell, each of which goes into greater depth on a given topic. In typical Maxwell fashion, these books have plenty of quotes from historical figures as well as some of the best current writers on leadership. There is some overlap between the subject matters of the books, so there are sections that are repeated in different ones of these books. For example, a significant minority portion of "Mentoring 101" is included in "Equipping 101". That's not bad because equipping leaders and mentoring leaders have similar characteristics.
I think one of the best uses of these books (or this collection) would be for an experienced leader to mentor a young leader. And, in fact, 5 of these books (Mentoring 101, Relationships 101, Equipping 101, Attitude 101, and Leadership 101) are available as a part of Maxwell's Lunch & Learn series which includes a discussion guide.
Some of the themes that run throughout all of these books are:
• Choosing people based on leadership potential, not followship
• Passing on responsibility.
While every one of these books is helpful, I thought the best sections were:
• Leadership 101, Chapter 9, "How Can I Extend My Influence"
• Teamwork 101, Chapter 2, "What is the Impact of Good Teamwork", especially the section "Great Teams Create Community".
• Equipping 101, Chapter 5, "What Does It Take to Equip a Leader", especially the section "Check on Them Systematically" when Maxwell talks about working with "a person whose progress is repeatedly poor."
DISCLAIMER: In addition to a copy of this collection that I purchased, I also received a complimentary copy from the publisher as a part of its bloggers' review programme, BookLook Bloggers <http://www.booklookbloggers.com>. I am free to write the review that I think the book deserves. My only compensation, other than a free copy, is continued participation in the programme.
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