My guest for episode #349 is John Dyer, president of his consulting firm, John Dyer & Associates, Inc., and author of the new book, The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadership, which will be released on October 1, 2019.
Today, we talk about the book, how to find out of there is a “facade” of excellence, and why “fear makes good people do stupid things,” as John says. What's a façade? “A false appearance that makes someone or something seem more pleasant or better than they really are.”
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Questions, Topics, and Links:
- Can you remind the listeners a little bit about your background if they haven't heard the previous episodes?
- Let's get right to your book… why write it? What's the story behind the book and what led to it? Can we avoid some of the mistakes others have made before?
- Do you think the title might scare away some readers who really need to read this most?
- How do you peel back to see if it's just a facade?
- How often do you see a “façade of improvement?” Examples?
“Fear causes good people to do stupid things.”John Dyer
- This book explores four different styles of leadership that includes “The Crisis Leader,” “The Idea Gathering Leader,” “The Team Forming Leader,” and “The Empowerment Leader.”
- Which leadership style is best?
- What should leaders aspire to?
- You ask in the book, “Why consider starting down the path of achieving excellence if failure causes so much pain and damage?” — When an organization is transformed (through Lean or other high-engagement approaches), what's the risk of new leaders coming in? Can this culture really be undone?`
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