Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game

By Mark Miller, Mark Miller
As organizations grow, the demands on leadership change. The same old moves won't cut it any more. In Chess Not Checkers, Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous job seems to help him deal with the issues he now faces. The problem, his new mentor points out, is Blake is playing checkers--he needs to play chess or he's going to lose. The early days of an organization are like checkers: a quick game with mostly interchangeable pieces. Everybody does a little bit of everything, the leader included, and things are so frantic you just have to react as fast as you can. But as the organization expands, you can't just keep jumping from activity to activity. You have to think strategically, look ahead, leverage every employee's specific talents. That's chess. And this approach creates unprecedented levels of performance. Adapting four strategies from the game of chess, Miller reveals four moves high-performance organizations make. They bet on leadership, act as one, win the heart, and excel at execution. Chess Not Checkers is an accessible and easily applied guide to help leaders elevate their own leadership and the performance of their entire team.


    REVIEW QUOTES

"Don't let the highly absorbing story here fool you - Chess not Checkers is a truly fascinating and eminently practical guide to improving your organization's functionality and performance at all levels. Any leader looking to effect critical change will come away with a new understanding of what changes to make and how to make them!"
--Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times and global bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"As our opportunities and challenges grow ever more complex, leadership has never been more valuable. With his creative and accessible new book, Chess Not Checkers, Chick-fil-A's Mark Miller has successfully demystified the essence of modern leadership. Recommended to current and future leaders alike."
--Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
"Engaging as well as enlightening -- good storyline -- believable characters with real life challenges. I highly recommend this book to any organization looking for a higher level of performance. The four staples of high performance will stand the test of time."
--Clint Hurdle, Manager, Pittsburg Pirates
"In Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller has written a compelling and insightful guide to building a high-performance organization. Through realistic examples and instantly recognizable personalities, Miller has distilled four powerful lessons to benefit leaders at all levels of their careers. The book is entertaining as a novel yet packs profound insights into what it means to lead and succeed in today's business world."
--Chris Heller, President, Keller Williams Worldwide
"Mark Miller is an expert on leadership. His new book, Chess Not Checkers, is headed to the best-seller's list. Check it out... it's that good!"
--Pat Williams Co-founder and Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic and author of 21 Great Leaders
"To excel as a high performance leader, one must first think like a high performance leader. Mark Miller does a brilliant job of outlining the critical shift leaders must make if they want to move from playing small and simple to succeeding in large complex environments."
--Linda Lindquist-Bishop, World Champion Sailor, and President, Courageous Thinking Inc.

"As our opportunities and challenges grow ever more complex, leadership has never been more valuable. With his creative and accessible new book, Chess Not Checkers, Chick-fil-A's Mark Miller has successfully demystified the essence of modern leadership. Recommended to current and future leaders alike."
--Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
"Engaging as well as enlightening -- good storyline -- believable characters with real life challenges. I highly recommend this book to any organization looking for a higher level of performance. The four staples of high performance will stand the test of time."
--Clint Hurdle, Manager, Pittsburg Pirates
"Don't let the highly absorbing story here fool you - Chess not Checkers is a truly fascinating and eminently practical guide to improving your organization's functionality and performance at all levels. Any leader looking to effect critical change will come away with a new understanding of what changes to make and how to make them!"
--Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times and global bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"In Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller has written a compelling and insightful guide to building a high-performance organization. Through realistic examples and instantly recognizable personalities, Miller has distilled four powerful lessons to benefit leaders at all levels of their careers. The book is entertaining as a novel yet packs profound insights into what it means to lead and succeed in today's business world."
--Chris Heller, President, Keller Williams Worldwide
"Mark Miller is an expert on leadership. His new book, Chess Not Checkers, is headed to the best-seller's list. Check it out... it's that good!"
--Pat Williams Co-founder and Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic and author of 21 Great Leaders
"To excel as a high performance leader, one must first think like a high performance leader. Mark Miller does a brilliant job of outlining the critical shift leaders must make if they want to move from playing small and simple to succeeding in large complex environments."
--Linda Lindquist-Bishop, World Champion Sailor, and President, Courageous Thinking Inc.




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Publisher Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publish date 04/06/2015
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