PRAISE FOR PIVOT POINTS
Pivot Points is an important book for anyone who wants to understand that leadership is a journey of becoming. The five–pivotal–decisions approach to leadership will enable you to discover what is truly important in that journey.
HARRY M. JANSEN KRAEMER, Jr., Professor at Northwestern University s Kellogg School of Management, Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International, Author of From Values To Action: The Four Principles of Values–based Leadership
Pivot Points is the leadership book to read if you read only one this year. Most can only write about leadership as an art or science given their vantage point but Julia Tang Peters writes authoritatively from both perspectives. Pivot Points offers a balanced approach in guiding future global leaders.
OLIVER SICAT, CEO of Ednovate, Inc. and former Chief Portfolio Officer for Chicago Public Schools
If you are only going to have time for one business read, make it Pivot Points. Julia Tang Peters book enables clear and rational decision making at key career milestones.
ROBERT L. CRUTCHFIELD, Partner, Harbert Venture Partners
In Pivot Points I saw my own life. It clarifies my experience and strengthens my resolve to meet the next challenge and keep my focus on the exciting times ahead.
RICHARD A. ANDREWS, President and CEO of Thrasos Innovation, Inc.
The unique perspective of this book is powerfully clear: leadership is about decision–making in fact a journey of particular, connected decisions. Pivot Points creatively blends stories and empirical study to offer compelling insights that are sure to inspire courage and personal responsibility. Pivot Points brings it all together: What is leadership? What motivates leaders? What essential decisions do successful leaders make?
JOHN L. WARD, PHD, Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise, Northwestern University s Kellogg School of Management
I tend to avoid reading leadership books, but this one has given me a new perspective about where I am and where I still want to go. I ve had a good long run in my career and Pivot Points helped me recommit to designing the future.
LUCIEN LAGRANGE, Architect
Pivot Points is a must read for anyone interested in mastering the art of leadership. It clearly and compellingly addresses leadership as an evolutionary process of discovery, reflection and creation an art to be mastered.
KEN WERNER, President of a division in a major entertainment studio
1 From Ordinary Career to Leadership Journey: What Separates Leaders from Managers? 1
Decision–Making Leaders, Leader–Making Decisions 2
Are Five Pivotal Decisions the Experience of Just Leaders or Everyone? 4
Pivotal Decisions Determine the Journey 6
Five Characteristics of a Pivotal Decision 9
The Art of Leading and the Science of Management 11
The Leaders We Should Learn From 12
2 IDEA: Bud Frankel, Founder and Former Chairman of Frankel & Company 15
Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 15
What Matters to Bud Frankel 17
Bud s Pivotal Decisions 26
The Leader s Legacy 41
3 CHANGE: Glen Tullman, Managing Partner of 7wire Ventures; Former CEO of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions 43
Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 43
What Matters to Glen Tullman 46
Glen s Pivotal Decisions 60
The Leader s Legacy 73
4 TEAM: John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Ariel Investments LLC 75
Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 75
What Matters to John Rogers 77
John s Pivotal Decisions 90
The Leader s Legacy 108
5 CULTURE: Al Golin, Founder and Chairman of GolinHarris 111
Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 111
What Matters to Al Golin 113
Al s Pivotal Decisions 120
The Leader s Legacy 139
6 PASSION: Dale Dawson, Founder and CEO of Bridge2Rwanda 143
Why You Should Know Him and about His Work 143
What Matters to Dale Dawson 145
Dale s Pivotal Decisions 156
The Leader s Legacy 177
7 Lessons from the Journeys of Five Leaders 181
What Do Leaders Have in Common? 181
Leaders Continually Create Their Jobs 191
8 Lessons from Survey Findings 193
Do Pivot Points Occur in Most People s Careers? 194
How Do People Make Pivotal Decisions? 200
To Lead Is to Create 208
9 Your Pivotal Five: A New Career Road Map 211
Connecting Your Dots: Your Pivotal Decisions 213
Connecting Your Dots: Your Decision–Making Behavior 216
Leader, Manager, Wanderer, and Clock Puncher 220
Warning Signs 225
Your Authentic Path 228
About the Author 231