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The Not so Subtle Art of Caring
By: Phillip Kane - JHP Business Books, $26.95

Description: Virgin’s Richard Branson, Zappos’ Tony Hsieh, and Tesla’s Elon Musk, apart from their obvious success, all share another thing in common. Each utilizes storytelling to maximize their effectiveness as leaders.

Many of the most influential leaders of our and all time, including arguably the most influential leader in history, used storytelling whenever they had a particularly important point to make.

Verdict: Encouraged by these influences, a father who was a known storyteller and a Nigerian priest who used stories to bridge a language barrier, author, and successful businessperson, Phillip Kane used stories each Friday throughout his career to help business associates relate to key issues facing the organizations he had the privilege to lead.

These weekly letters had less to do with what was going on in the business than how people thought about what was going on in the business. By helping shift and align his teams’ point of view, Kane and the teams he led were able to accomplish more and win more often. All because of the stories he told.

Many of them are assembled here in one place for the first time. Organized around key themes like encouragement, trust, and gratitude, Kane also provides additional insights for existing or aspiring leaders looking for a different, better way to appeal to those who should be following them.

Featured twice in Kouzes’ & Posner’s, The Leadership Challenge (Wiley), first-time author, Phillip Kane’s storytelling technique and the leadership lessons he imparts are key for any leader seeking to create winning teams built on a fundamental foundation of caring and service to others.

A 2022 Hoffer Award finalist, Phillip Kane, is a husband, father, and businessman, has had a successful career of more than 30 years in some of the world’s best-known corporations and amongst a storied account of many other reputable excerpts from his life, is therefore one of the finest examples we have in providing us this caring, leadership-styled book.

Broken down into six chapters, along with some sub-chapters (Foreword, Preface, Introduction, and Afterword), Kane opens on a startling statement of both warning and subsequently-profound fact: Most people believe that getting a leadership position is an acknowledgment for the hard work performed until then. A sort of celebration for a good career. This is exactly the starting point of any leadership failure.

In this 293 page book, his subtitled Letters on Leadership are just that, a collective of first-hand, real life outreaches within his own personal experiences that culminate in a sturdy prose brought together to elegantly provide those inquiring about formulating a principle-based leadership model of their own.

As we soon learn early on in the book, Kane explains that winning within the marketplace is completely compatible with, and even at times solely dependent on, caring about others (both personally and professionally).

Trust me when I say that this book can and will provide the reader, and one who takes on board everything said and follows the guidelines to perfection, with the tools to formulate a better and more focused way to lead a team and progress successfully onward.

For as the author himself freely admits There’s no education in a second kick from a mule, so please allow this books’ teachings to not only generously waft around your mind, but hopefully permeate and therefore soon thereafter open up a whole new way for you to approach leadership, and, of course, your work colleagues as a whole.

About the Author - Phillip Kane is a husband, father, and businessman. He has had a successful career of more than 30 years in some of the world’s best-known corporations. Working for brands like Goodyear, Pirelli, and NAPA, Kane has had the privilege to lead thousands of individuals and has managed billions of dollars in value for stakeholders. Kane lives in Ohio with his wife and three children.

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