"Peter Drucker famously said, 'Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.' John Manning shows you exactly how to identify those right things and get them done as effectively as possible!"

~ Marshall Goldsmith, author of 'What Got You Here Won’t Get You There'

About The Book

What do the best leaders have in common? As president of MAP, John Manning should know. MAP has helped tens of thousands of top executives accelerate their leadership and management performance. Manning says the answer is one word: discipline. But a very specific kind of discipline.

All leaders have scores of things they could do. But a disciplined leader is one who identifies and focuses on the Vital Few: the 20% of activities that will drive 80% of the results. The results that are most important are those tied to the organization's most precious asset—its people.

The Disciplined Leader offers fifty-two succinct lessons to help you home in on your own Vital Few in three critical areas—leading yourself, leading your team, and leading your organization.

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Praise For 'The Disciplined Leader'

  • "Make space on your bookshelf for The Disciplined Leader. John Manning shows any leader, whether CEO or small department manager, how to identify the Vital Few keys to success and hold people accountable, thereby delivering results. The principles and processes are straightforward and can be acted upon immediately."
    ~ Lloyd Lenson, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CORT, A Berkshire Hathaway Company
  • "We must all evolve as leaders, and this book provides an invaluable framework for keeping leaders focused on the right things, providing accountability tools for management to stay on track, and ensuring the right balance between great ideas, strategy, and execution. "
    ~ Elise Buik, PRESIDENT & CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • "The information that John Manning provides here is an indispensable resource for any leader. This approach helped guide us from our start as a small regional firm to becoming a national company and ultimately a global organization."
    ~ Guillermo de la Viña, CEO, Sigue Corp.
  • "The Disciplined Leader is a concise compilation of tips that have helped us focus on what is most important. This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to build a stronger team and become a disciplined leader."
    ~ Tammy Miller, CEO, Border States Electric
  • "The Disciplined Leader emphasizes the key leadership fundamentals of passion, commitment, and people, while stressing the importance of focus. The lessons are powerful and relevant for anyone in a leadership or management position."
    ~ Kelly Wright, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SALES, Tableau Software

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About MAP

Founded in 1960, Management Action Programs, Inc. (MAP) has accelerated the growth and success of more than 15,000 companies and 170,000 leaders nationwide. One of the industry’s leading management consulting and executive development firms, MAP has helped tens of thousands of top leaders accelerate their leadership and management performance.

The MAP 2.5 Day Program and proven MAP Management System™ create discipline, accountability, and goal achievement for organizations. MAP Senior Consultants set the standard of excellence in today’s business world. They are former CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, carefully selected based upon their extensive experience and outstanding track record. They serve as executive business coaches providing insight, advice, and practical tools to meet their clients’ needs.

MAP provides customized solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations across all industries. For more information: http://mapconsulting.com or (888) 834-3040.

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About John Manning

John Manning is the President of Management Action Programs, Inc. (MAP), a general management consulting firm based in Southern California. Since 1960, MAP has tapped its talent and expertise to help 170,000 leaders in over 15,000 organizations nationwide create breakthrough results.

John has diverse experience in business leadership, having held executive positions in Fortune 500 companies in operations, marketing, and sales. Formerly the Director of Operations for McKesson Water Products, Inc., he was also part of a leadership team that took the company national.

A resident of Southern California, John enjoys mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs. An avid cyclist, John is passionate about spending time in the great outdoors. He is devoted to his wife Robin and his entire family.


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Written with refreshing clarity, each lesson in The Disciplined Leader comes with recommended tactics and practical "Take Action" tips for implementing it, so there are literally hundreds of pieces of must-know, time-tested advice here.

The chapters are self-contained, so you can read them in any order and come back to the ones that resonate with you—your own Vital Few.

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