Saturday, December 8, 2012

A great book

I have managed to connect with a number of publishing people and as a result of these connections, receive a good number of books.  Some are better reads that others, then there is a book like this.

The Pause Principle |  Step Back to Lead Forward  by Kevin Cashman 

Simply outstanding.  The premise of the book is that great leaders need to pause.  We are introduced to the Pause Principle, then spend time in personal leadership, then helping to grow others, and finally, growing cultures of innovation.  All by pausing.

What makes it a difficult book to review is that I have completely highlighted the book with so much highlighting that I had to move to multiple colors, then switch to stickies.  Then to folding pages.

Good thing for real paper pages.  My Kindle would look rather silly.

Cashman is a clear, direct, distinctive writer.  No big words.  No lingo.  No self importance.  Just clear concepts with excellent stories and pointed questions, questions we need to take time to absorb.

The questions make me pause.    

As I read the book, I felt torn between staying in the questions of Pause Points, wanting to spend days and weeks in these questions to the excitement of the next page.  Yeah, it's pretty geeky to get this excited about a leadership book. 

Closing out the book, he includes his notes for each chapter, as well as the bibliography.  The book is so good that I read all of those pages too and have another 10 books to read. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not paid for this review.  This is a fabulous book and I will read it again.  And again.  I highly recommend it.

Kevin Cashman
Berrett-Koehler Publisher

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