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I enjoyed this book and thought that it delivered on it's promise. I subsequently bought the book in hard copy as a gift and kept a copy for myself even though I had listened to it. I would recommend this book to established executives seeking to make the next move up into what Debra refers to as the 'C' jobs (eg CEO, CIO, CFO) or those wishing to understand the importance of personal branding.
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I do highly recommend the book. It provides well structured indication what makes hard working leaders into hardworking, effective and charismatic leaders. The author identifies what is the missing piece of puzzle to get to the top regardless of industry.
I regard this title as the most valuable self-development download from Audible that I have read in the past year. I wish I had read this book years ago. This is head-and-shoulders above most other business books.
Deborah Benton promotes six practices to achieve and maintain executive charisma:
1. Be the first to initiate.
2. Expect and give acceptance to maintain esteem.
3. Ask questions and ask favors.
4. Stand tall, straight and smile.
5. Be human, humorous and hands-on.
6. Slow down, shut up, and listen.
Her explanations of this somewhat counter-intuitive guidance is engaging and makes good sense once it is described. Since I have been practicing these pointers, my popularity and influence at the office has soared.
I guess I had a sense of these qualities among the people I admired (and on good days, myself), but I thank Ms. Benton for codifying and explaining them.
The narrator, Anna Fields, has a superb voice: business-like and at the same time warm, and very listenable. She places the correct emphasis on words and phrases like a professional actress -- perhaps she is -- and gives a five-star performance.
Highest recommendation for those who wish to advance in their managerial careers.
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I agree with the previous review - one of the best downloads on Audible. This book is full of practical advice on business life. Cooperation - not confrontation is the key. Narration is excellent - head and shoulders above many of the Author narrated titles.
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