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If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. They assume everyone shares their definitions of "vision," "accountability," and "results." The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.

- From the May 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review.

©2006 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, All Rights Reserved (P)2006 Audible Inc.

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excellent read

Loved it! Communication is key. I enjoyed listening to it, as a matter of fact, I keep listening to it. For sure it helps me think like a leader.

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Effective & clear communication

Very good introduction on how to lead people with good examples of poor practice and best practice.

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Ideal for CEOs

excellent ideas for chiefs and senior managers in today's VUCA environments. short enough to listen to in one sitting; packed with enough information to build a successful future for the company. The case studies add extra value to the salient messages.

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Always interested and informative

insight is never a bad thing. always worth reading it's amazing what you can get and learn from the HBR series