Fear: Trump in the White House | Bob Woodward

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2018: Book #43

He loves television.

As a matter of fact, what he loves even more is what those on television are saying about him.

He arrives at his office between 10:30 AM – 11 AM on weekdays.

His temper is legendary. It’s defined by rage and outbursts.

He appears to lack the ability to focus on a topic for very long.
Memos go unread.

He does ask questions.
That’s an encouraging aspect from the book.

But it seems he doesn’t quite understand foreign policy and how it contains multiple moving pieces.

I just finished Bob Woodward’s newest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

Great read. I read the book from the vantage point of leadership.

Here are the takeaways for me:

  • Focus is key. Know what you want to accomplish.
  • Don’t allow your mouth or social media account to derail your ability to accomplish the mission and vision.
  • Value people, they are more than minions. Don’t berate them in public or private. Correct and coach. Don’t cut people to the soul with your words.
  • Read more and watch less television.
  • It’s not about me. It’s about the mission, vision, and those who serve the organization.
  • Ask questions…lots of questions.
  • Don’t be afraid to be seen as the dumbest person in the room.
  • Check your ego. People would rather follow a humble leader.

Valuable stuff for leaders in the book.

You’ll learn how not to lead.
How not to talk to people.
How not to negotiate.

I recommend it.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

That’s book #43 for 2018.

9 more to go before I reach 52 for the year.

Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.
#52in2018

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