Books By Mark Miller
Leaders Made Here
Every organization dreams of having enough leaders. Yet most take a haphazard or inconsistent approach to leadership development. They either assume they can find new leaders when they need them or they believe leaders are born—they can’t be made. The consequences of this thinking are devastating, creating a perpetual shortfall of high caliber leaders; without them, no organization can thrive. The good news: this problem is solvable!
Leaders Made Here describes how any organization can create a culture in which leaders are routinely and systematically developed, resulting in a surplus of leaders. It details how to nurture leaders throughout the organization, from the front lines to the executive ranks, and provides a game plan for organizations to create a deep and effective leadership bench.
To bring its ideas to life, Leaders Made Here uses the story of Blake, a new CEO, and Charles, and old friend and colleague, as they search for best practices from around the world to ensure a continuous supply of their most precious asset—leaders. Blake and his team then translate their findings into a practical plan that any organization can use to create a leadership culture that will ensure a sustainable competitive advantage and long-term success.Buy Now:
Chess Not Checkers
As organizations grow, the demands on leadership change. The same old moves won’t cut it any more. In Chess Not Checkers, Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous job seems to help him deal with the issues he now faces. The problem, his new mentor points out, is Blake is playing checkers—he needs to play chess or he’s going to lose.
The early days of an organization are like checkers: a quick game with mostly interchangeable pieces. Everybody does a little bit of everything, the leader included, and things are so frantic you just have to react as fast as you can. But as the organization expands, you have to think strategically, look ahead, leverage every employee’s specific talents. That’s chess. And this approach creates unprecedented levels of performance. Adapting four strategies from the game of chess, Miller offers an accessible and easily applied guide to help leaders elevate their own leadership and the performance of their entire team.Buy Now:
The Secret of Teams
Teams are critical to the success of every organization. But what separates the teams that really deliver from the ones that simply spin their wheels? What is the secret of high-performance teams? In The Secret of Teams, Debbie Brewster has been promoted and is now struggling with taking her new team to the next level. Her old mentor, Jeff Brown, sends her out to find the secret of teams. On her journey she learns from three very different teams—the Special Forces, NASCAR, and a local restaurant. Following Debbie and her team, you’ll learn how to change entrenched ways of thinking and acting, what you have to do to optimize each of the three elements of a successful team, how to measure your progress, and more.Buy Now:
The Heart of Leadership
The Heart of Leadership identifies five specific leadership character traits required for maximum influence and impact, and shows how to cultivate them. In this fourth book of Mark Miller’s leadership series, readers are reunited with Blake Brown, an ambitious young man passed over for a promotion he desperately wants. With the help of his mentor and friend, Debbie Brewster, Blake begins to understand what leaders need to truly make a difference in the world. Debbie uses real life situations to steer him towards the practical path to moving forward in his career, and Blake ultimately realizes that the most effective leader has a willingness to serve others. Where does this willingness come from? It comes from the heart.Buy Now: