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The Radical Leap

  1. 1. The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership February 9, 2010
  2. 2. About Steve Farber Steve Farber is the former Vice President and Official Mouthpiece of the Tom Peters Company and is currently the president of Extreme Leadership, Inc., an organization devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. In this capacity, he has coached hundreds of clients at Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Clorox, Intel, Kraft Foods, the American Medical Association, Wells Fargo and Disney. He is also the co-founding director of The Center for Social Profit Leadership, a non-profit organization formed to serve the leadership development needs of social entrepreneurs, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the world-renown program, Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old. Farber’s first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership , is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time.
  3. 3. <ul><li>OS!M </li></ul>An OS!M is a natural, built-in indicator that you are doing – or about to do – something truly significant, and you are – rightfully so – scared out of your gourd. What is your OS!M?
  4. 4. A leader’s greatest obligation is to make possible an environment where people can aspire to change the world. Carly Fiorina
  5. 5. The Extreme Leader • Cultivates love • Generates energy • Inspires audacity • Provides proof
  6. 6. Share in Pairs <ul><li>Pick three words to describe the book. </li></ul><ul><li>Which strategies would you like to implement? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions occurred as you read the book? </li></ul><ul><li>How did the book challenge your thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you learn that you would like to share with others? </li></ul><ul><li>If you were having a conversation with the author what would you like to debate? </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine that you are going to review the book for a magazine. How would you describe it? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this book compare/contrast with other books you have read? </li></ul><ul><li>What made you uncomfortable? </li></ul><ul><li>What roadblocks and/or obstacles may keep you from implementing these ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>If you could pick only one idea to share with others, what would it be? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this book contribute to your growth as a leader? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you demonstrate love at work? </li></ul><ul><li>What confuses you? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe how you practice these principles. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you see as your strength? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you see as your biggest opportunity for growth? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your OS!M? </li></ul><ul><li>If I liked this book, what else should I read? </li></ul><ul><li>How did this book change your view of… </li></ul><ul><li>Something I would like to explore more is… </li></ul><ul><li>I think I could use this author’s ideas to… </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to change about his book? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you practice Extreme Leadership? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a time when you were vulnerable at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a time when you were audacious and boldly disregarded “normal constraints.” </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you need to DWYSYWD (do what you say you will do)? </li></ul><ul><li>What can I do today to demonstrate the power of my convictions? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Additional Resources To keep the skills alive… Steve Farber’s slideshare for The Radical Leap : Other related web sites: The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson in True Leadership Other books by Steve Farber: Many video clips on , such as this one called “Extreme Leadership Mini Documentary”
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