The Thin Book® of Smart People Skills: 8 Tools for the Savvy Leader
By Katina Cremona
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I really enjoyed this book! It may be a “Thin Book” but it is certainly not thin on excellent content, context and robust research. The tools that Katina outlines are all increasingly relevant in today’s business world and build upon her extensive experience of coaching senior executives around enhancing their people skills and her background as a corporate psychologist. She has taken the best of her experience working with global leaders to produce a book that is easy to read, relevant to the challenges facing senior executives and with real time examples of how each skill has been applied in a range of different business environments. The further reading suggested by Katina allows the reader to build upon this knowledge around areas of interest. This book will definitely be on my list of books to recommend to clients for its clarity, business focus and accessibility to the reader exploring new areas for development.
Camilla Arnold, Director of Talent, TXG Ltd, UK
Katina Cremona has addressed the Achilles Heel of many leaders – their inability to interact with others successfully. Every leadership task occurs in the context of a relationship. Without being able to ‘work and play well with others’, leaders risk creating a frustrating and demotivated workforce. Katina’s elegant and straightforward ‘8 Tools’ go right to the heart of leadership. The higher leaders climb the more they are dependent upon the work of others for their success; so they had better get on with learning how to engage others and create the conditions for their success. Get savvy – read the Thin Book of Smart People Skills!
Dr Greg Giuliano, Author, “Ultra Leadership – Go Beyond Usual and Ordinary to Engage Others and Drive Real Change” and Founder/President, Giuliano Associates.
Fantastic guide for new people managers or managers who struggle with their emotional intelligence (EQ) skills. The TIPS are great for a quick revision and are perfect for busy managers. The fabulous thing about this book is that the skills that Katina teaches can be applied to all manner of interaction with people – not just who you manage or work with. I see great value in applying these skills to improve the interactions that I have with my three children.
Samantha Zammit, Director Transactional Partner Group, Microsoft Australia Pty Ltd
A concise easy to understand set of principles. You keep on finding yourself agreeing with the content. This book should be read annually by managers as part of the performance review process.
Colin Burns, Head of Treasury – BNP Paribas Sydney Branch
This is a remarkable book. It takes complex concepts and makes them accessible. It enables managers to be better leaders of people. It’s the ideal guide to aspiring people managers and for established managers who are puzzled by people and who are looking for insight. There are many, many useful tips in this book. Not least in the section on process. This much neglected area in the popular literature is critical if managers are to affect long-term and meaningful change. It’s a must read
Peter May, Regional HR Director, EMEA, Deloitte
This thin book for savvy leaders provides in a very condensed and practical way guidance for leaders to become more effective and successful in everyday life – both personally and professionally.
Dr Ulrich Spiesshofter, CEO, ABB, Switzerland