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Fear Your Strengths


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Strengths Beget Weaknesses-In Two Very Different Ways
Chapter 2: The Yin-Yang Responsibilities of a Leader
Chapter 3: Mind-set
Chapter 4: Dialing Back
Chapter 5: The Complete Leader
About the Author

About the Author

Robert E. Kaplan is founding partner of Kaplan DeVries Inc., which specializes in assessing leaders for selection and for development. He lives in New York City with his wife, Rebecca. Robert B. Kaiser is president of Kaiser Leadership Solutions, which provides innovative tools for improving performance, including the patented Leadership Versatility Index.


"It's a pleasure to read a book packed with new insights into what truly makes leaders effective, especially one written in such a vivid, engaging style. This is an extremely useful guide for leaders seeking a deeper understanding of who they are and how they can lead successfully in a complex, ever-changing world."
-David B. Peterson, PhD, Director of Learning and Development, Google Inc.

"This is a terrific book-powerful, very impactful. Ninety-five percent of the leaders who read it will say, 'I've got some work to do, and this book will help me do it.'"
-John Ryan, President, Center for Creative Leadership

"Another great set of ideas from Kaplan and Kaiser. How often do we hear the advice to 'build on your strengths'? That's just too simple. As a leader, you need to constantly adjust your game. This book tells you how."
-Liz Mellon, Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education, Duke University

"This brilliantly practical work explains succinctly how to overcome the powerful tendency to misuse your strengths and become more versatile and balanced in your approach to leading. In an hour or so, find out how development really works and start changing in ways that matter."
-Michael Lombardo, cofounder, Lominger, Ltd., and author of the bestselling FYI: For Your Improvement

"The practice of executive assessment is overdue for an upgrade. This refreshing book is a big step in the right direction."
-Sandy Ogg, Operating Partner, Private Equity Group, Blackstone

"The book resonates. It sheds light on a subject that hasn't been addressed before. We usually say, the weaknesses need to be worked on and the strengths aren't an issue. I enjoyed the stories. I read it on vacation-that should say something."
-Steve Angel, CEO, Praxair

"With insightful examples, this book offers practical ways to deal with leadership strengths that can turn into derailers. I recommend it."
-Mirian Graddick-Weir, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Merck

"Fear Your Strengths has great content, it's very practical, and it's a quick read."
-James Ryan, CEO, Grainger Inc.

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