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I enjoyed reading this inspiring book. It outlines anecdotes and illustrates them with inspiring examples. It enlightens that what worked in the past may not work now. There is a need to reinvent thinking with changing times and technologies. Strongly recommended.
I totally love David’s approaches to leadership. They are clear and simple messages and this book has some great relatable stories and lots of good examples of the things to say and not to say. People and teams want to collaborate, learn and work together to accomplish outstanding results. If you harness all their collective energy together it results in enjoyment fun and gets results. The red and blue doing and thinking is something I am already working towards and I didn’t even know it! High five to David for sharing his insights and messages so wonderfully and providing great inspiration and insight.
This book is amazing! The writing style, content and tools enclosed are insightful and will go along way in every situation and stage of my life. It’s brought peace of mind and understanding that the impact of how I lead at work can be improved through the language I use. I can’t recommend this book enough, you won’t regret the purchase. I wish I’d found it earlier!
I was looking for a way to change the way I articulate to leaders as a coach. I found ways of changing the way I think and behave. Simple exercises. Real examples. Simple but powerful language in the book. Overwhelmed.
I enjoyed L. David Marquet's previous book, Turn That Ship Around, and this was a decent follow-up, building on similar themes. The downside of this book was that it seemed to drag and become a little repetitive in the theory-heavy middle, before picking up with more practical examples and case studies.
When I was young, I could never put my finger on what exactly made a good leader. Personality, knowledge, trust worthiness? A combination of all of these? Maybe. So how do you become a better leader? Learn more, work to improve your personality, and convince people to trust you? There's an easier way and all you have to do is change what you say. In Leadership Is Language, David makes it so simple to go from using what he calls the Industrial Age playbook where bosses used controlling, coercive language to get their people to comply (not think) and continue work for as long as they deemed necessary, to using the New Playbook for Leaders. In the New Playbook, he walks us through the 6 plays: Control the Clock, Collaborate, Commit, Complete, Improve, and Connect. Every play is set up with "say this not that" to help you change the words you use and replace them with language that helps people speak up when they see something, when they think differently than the leader, and how to share anonymously in groups. I can only imagine David was considering the reader as he structured the layout of Leadership is Language, it's so user friendly!! He has so many real life examples of companies and people.
Because of reading Leadership is Language, I have better conversations with my 14 year old son, my husband and my coworkers. If you've ever wanted to be a better leader, parent, friend, or spouse, then reading this book will give you the tools to improve.
David Marquet hit the nail on the head! The people that work in an organization ALL matter. How you speak to them and the safety level they feel in giving their opinions is paramount to growing a successful team and successful leaders. The El Faro story shows that had the crew felt safer in giving their opinions, they may well have had a different ending to their story. If you are looking for new ideas and strategies on the language that you use and the responses you hope to get, you should plan to buy and read this book.