If you want a 'normal' leadership development book please give this one a wide berth. If you've selected this book in the hope of finding a simple and cheery step-by-step guide to management improvement, I'm afraid you've picked up the wrong book altogether. I fear this book may upset you. It's a story about the stresses of modern life and all the things that can go wrong with work, family, relationships and customers. It's about working too hard and surviving each day in the hope that tomorrow may be better. It's terribly sad, especially when you find out it's about you. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that's about exhaustion, pressure, bad luck, regret, complacency, disillusionment and misery quickly return it to the shelf. Nobody will think badly of you. Look around you, nobody will even notice if you put it back right now. Thinking about it, you may of course already be brilliant. You probably don't work long hours or have work pressures and a demanding home life. I bet you're not permanently exhausted. You are probably the perfect manager, leader and parent. You may be an inspirational person who can't improve any further, in which case what on earth could you learn anyway? Whatever you decide, I know it will be the right choice. The themes of the book can be delivered in businesses. The messages are very simple - in fact so simple that they are frequently overlooked. The book translates some highbrow academic concepts into language that we can both understand and apply. Basically, I wanted to write something that would be idiotic to ignore. Textbooks are crammed full of theories and diagrams but I figured that life isn't a theory, it's very much a practical exercise - and we should be living it fully! The messages are suitable for people at all levels in all organisations. They are particularly relevant to leaders and those tuned into personal development. Workshops on 'The Art of Being Brilliant' aim to make a massive and long-term impact on business performance. They are also designed to be great fun.
Used availability for Andrew Cope's Being Brilliant
December 2006 : UK Paperback