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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noel M. Tichy, Warren G. Bennis Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whether we’re talking about United States presidents, CEOs, Major League coaches, or wartime generals, leaders are remembered for their best and worst judgment calls. In the face of ambiguity, uncertainty, and conflicting demands, the quality of a leader’s judgment determines the fate of the entire organization. That’s why judgment is the essence of leadership.

Yet despite its importance, judgment has always been a fairly murky concept. The leadership literature has been conspicuously quiet on what, exactly, defines it. Does judgment differ from common sense or gut instinct? Is it a product of luck? Of smarts? Or is there a process for making consistently good calls?

Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis have each spent decades studying and teaching leadership and advising top CEOs such as Jack Welch and Howard Schultz. Now, in their first collaboration, they offer a powerful framework for making tough calls when the stakes are high and the right path is far from obvious. They show how to recognize the critical moment before a judgment call, when swift and decisive action is essential, and also how to execute a decision after the call.

Tichy and Bennis bring their three-dimensional model to life using interviews with world-class leaders who have thrived or suffered because of their judgment calls. These stories include:

– Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, whose judgment to grow through research and development transformed GE into the world’s premier technology growth company.

– Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, who made tough calls about teachers, students, and parents while turning around a troubled school system.

– Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing, whose strategic judgment helped him reinvigorate his company and restore a culture of trust and respect.

– The late general Wayne Downing, who found an unexpected opportunity in the midst of crisis when he led the Special Operations raid to capture Manuel Noriega.

– A. G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble, who bet $57 billion to purchase Gillette and reinvent his company.

– Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, who made the call to commit totally to a customer-centric strategy and led his people to execute it.

Whether you’re running a small department or a global corporation, Judgment will give you a framework for evaluating any situation, making the call, and correcting if necessary during the execution phase. It will show you how to handle the overlapping domains of people, strategy, and crisis management, and it will help you teach your entire team to make the right call more often.

No organization can afford to neglect this crucial discipline—and no previous book has ever brought it into such clear focus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Great calls deserve a comparable book to explain them, and now we have one. Read, learn, enjoy.”

    George P. Shultz, former United States secretary of state 

  • “This is an instant classic that will be read and consulted by leaders—and those who seek to become leaders—for years to come.”

    Richard D. Parsons, chairman and CEO, Time Warner 

  • “Tichy and Bennis write with clarity and good sense. You can hang your hat on the authors’ understanding of good judgment and its role in effective leadership.”

    Jeff Kindler, chairman and CEO, Pfizer 

  • Judgment is a singular achievement. It’s just the right blend of management wisdom and leadership action.”

    Howard Schultz, founder and chairman, Starbucks 

  • “This is as close to a definitive book on leadership as one can pray for.”

    Amitai Etzioni, author of My Brother’s Keeper

  • “This engaging and thorough work should be mandatory reading for executives and managers at all levels.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “I am a raving fan of both Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis. In this important book they give a crash course on judgment, revealing the tools great leaders use to make the right calls at the right time.”

    Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager

  • “L.J. Ganser’s narration will inspire listeners with the confidence to try out the advice and techniques offered by the authors to help them develop sound judgment capabilities.”


  • “The leadership judgment framework is a tool leaders can use to develop the ability in their executive teams. This book can benefit anyone who is in or aspires to be in a leadership role.”

    Dieter Zetsche, chairman, DaimlerChrysler 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori Grant | 11/1/2013

    " A must-read book on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 2/19/2013

    " I recommend this book to all leaders. It's a good read that shows the complexities of decision making. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 4/5/2012

    " i've tried finishing this one but i finally gave up on it...i guess i was looking for more advice, rather than case study after case study...maybe that comes farther in the book than i got but i decided that i'm not interested enough in sticking it out to find out... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rusty | 10/3/2011

    " 2 of the world's best teaming up on a subject that's scarcely been tackled so extensivly. "

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