Monday, November 16, 2009

Obstacles welcome or not?

I just finished my latest Thomas Nelson book to review and I don't even know where to start. It is one of the best books of true leadership I've read. Ralph de la Vega has a proven success as President & CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets and speaks from his own learning experience and track record. His book Obstacles Welcome turn adversity to advantage in business and life should be required reading for any and all young person today.

His journey started when at the age of 10 his parents in Cuba put him on a plane by himself and sent him to the United States. He uses this and each subsequent obstacle, as a learning experience and spring board for the next phase of his life.

Using phases, behavior charts, goals, categories, etc as teaching examples, he lays a framework that will enable any of us to achieve our dream.

“Communicating the plan must go beyond the executive level into the ranks of the company.” (Or church).

“To get real buy-in, you have to give people a chance to speak their minds and object the things they don’t like.”

“Some manager think communication is just about the transmitting part. They believe if you have put the message out there, communication is accomplished.”

I believe one of the impressive things I got is that he uses his influence to mentor, encourage and inspire those who are under his leadership. He is a true inspiration to motivate all who read his book to look at the bigger picture, that it is not just about them but those who come after.

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