Simple Solutions. Harness the Power of Passion and Simplicity to Get Results

  • ID: 2216654
  • Book
  • 220 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Advance Praise for Simple Solutions

"Arguably, from Lord Nelson to Napoleon to U. S. Grant, the great ′secret′ of supremely successful leaders has been determined simplicity. Simple Solutions is a brilliant and much–needed addition to a woefully thin collection on business issue number one: getting things done!"
Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence

"Schmitt and Perl′s book begins and ends with simplicity, but in between lies a set of truly powerful ideas. This isn′t a new theory on management; it′s a guide to management practice that any practicing manager would benefit greatly from."
Dave Godes, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

"Schmitt and Perl have crafted a must–have book for all managers who want to have an impact. The clear, simple advice contained in Simple Solutions is invaluable to anyone interested in improving his or her management skills. These ideas work."
Mark A. Emkes, Chairman and CEO, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. and Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC

"Simple Solutions is a good road map for leaders of all organizations because it provides concise and straightforward guidelines for leadership. It′s not theoretical or long–winded, but gives real–world behavioral instruction to make leaders more effective."
Richard H. Anderson, Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group

"The premise of Schmitt and Perl′s book is the need to reduce complex problems to their simplest components, an approach I′ve seen produce powerful results. Managers at all levels would benefit from applying the principles outlined in this book."
Pitt Hyde, Chairman, AutoZone

"In a complex world, we often complicate things more than necessary and forget that the goal is to do the right things as well as possible. This book is a terrific primer on identifying the right things and getting on with them."
John Durrett, Managing Director, McKinsey and Co., Inc., West Coast

"A powerful and thought–provoking book filled with sound advice that would help the young or the experienced executive understand the importance of management and leadership skills. I wish that I had a book like Simple Solutions to guide me through the transition from athlete to executive."
Jerry West, President of Basketball Operations, Memphis Grizzlies

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Foreword (Frederick W. Smith).

About the Authors.


Chapter 1 Simplicity: The Foundation of Leadership.

Chapter 2 Management Savvy: Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Chapter 3 Ambition: Be Ambitious for Your People and the Cause.

Chapter 4 People Skills: Making People the Top Priority.

Chapter 5 Leadership: Leave a Place Better than You Found It.

Chapter 6 Collaboration: Think "One Big Team".

Chapter 7 Vision: Imagine the Possibilities.

Chapter 8 Time Management: Align Your Time with the Right Goals.

Chapter 9 Focus: Use a Laser, Not a Floodlight.

Chapter 10 Execution: Do It! Don t Sacrifice Good for Better.

Chapter 11 Determination: Stick to It.

Chapter 12 Keep It Simple!


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FedEx executive Tom Schmitt and management attorney Arnold Perl demonstrate how to break down complex problems into simple parts and solve them. They emphasize using the right tools in conjunction with providing forthright, enthusiastic leadership. The of leadership advocated by Schmitt and Perl combines old–school proven strategies and tactics with innovative new leadership metrics geared to today′s business environment. Their brand of leadership is a blend of practicality and inspiration. Schmitt and Perl reinforce their advice with real case studies in effective leadership. (Fort Worth Star–Telegram (Texas) on January 8, 2007)

With the conciseness of thought you expect from busy people, FedEx Corp. exec Tom Schmitt and longtime Memphis labor attorney Arnold Perl have distilled years of managing people and projects into a book the diligent can digest in a night.

"Simple Solutions: Harness the Power of Passion and Simplicity to Get Results" is the only book in the world with a forward written by Frederick W. Smith.

And if the history of books endorsed by business management guru Tom Peters means anything, it′s got a good chance of being a best seller.... The thesis, underlined in short chapters and bolstered with breakouts, is that the gentle melding of left– and right–brain tendencies, coupled with transparency, optimism and goal–oriented thinking, transforms people and situations.

Though their experiences were honed in different arenas, Perl and Schmitt suggest that any problem can be broken into small components and worked out, from ferrying kids in rush–hour traffic to planning a land swap at Memphis International Airport that allows both the Tennessee Air National Guard and FedEx to expand.–– The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), Distributed by McClatchy–Tribune Business News, January 10, 2007 Wednesday)

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