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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Gates Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781101888827
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From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 bestselling memoir Duty, a characteristically candid, urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how good leaders can change them.

Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and effective service are essential; yet Americans know these institutions are often anything but, and many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform. Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations—the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense—he argues that smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. He offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major institutions can be transformed that is by turns startling, heartening, and always instructive. Through his own experience and other examples of leadership (both successful and failed), Gates offers practical, nuanced advice for leaders at all levels of an organization, and for those who aspire to such a role. He brings the full weight of his wisdom, candor, and devotion to civic duty to inspire others to lead urgently needed change.

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  • “Refreshingly free of managerial jargon, Gates’ directness, practicality, and palpable optimism will prove encouraging to his audience.”

    Booklist (starred review)
  • “Advice that should be passed on to leaders at any season of life and particularly helpful to those new to such responsibility. Highly recommended for public and academic leadership collections.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[Gates] takes a powerful and pragmatic look at leadership in this book, a must-read for anyone who wants to be an agent of change…Readers will be struck by Gates’s humility, humor, and undeniable expertise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates.”

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About the Author

Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties. Additionally, Gates has a continuing distinguished record in the private sector and in academia, including currently serving as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. He holds a PhD in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.