In the easy-reading but powerfully-impacting style he is known for, Mark Miller has released his newest book Chess Not Checkers.
And he’s not playing around…
Well, actually he is – and that’s the part leaders everywhere will enjoy. Miller tells the story of Blake Underwood, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale. Nothing seems to work – especially trying to do what he’s always done before.
The problem, his new mentor points out, is that Blake is playing the wrong game.
Here’s a couple of quotes that set the whole book up:
Most of us began our leadership journey utilizing an approach with striking similarities to the game of checkers, a fun, highly reactionary game often played at a frantic pace. Any strategies we employed in this style of leadership were limited, if not rudimentary.
The game today for most leaders can be better compared to chess – a game in which strategy matters; a game in which individual pieces have unique abilities that drive unique contributions; a game in which heightened focus and a deeper level of thinking are required to win.
Chess Not Checkers is an enjoyable read that leaders in all organizations will want to put into practice quickly. Here are the “4 Winning Moves” Miller develops in the book:
- Bet on Leadership – Growing leaders grow organizations
- Act as One – Alignment multiplies impact
- Win the Heart – Engagement energizes effort
- Excel at Execution – Greatness hinges on execution