This week, I was asked to write a guest post for the PR Warrior, arguably Australia’s most influential communication blog site and one of the Smart Business top 25 business blogs in Australia. The invitation came to celebrate the release of The Leader’s Beacon: The 55-minute guide to Leadership Communication. The PR Warrior, whose identity [...]
The Leader’s Beacon is a very useful, thoughtful and practical contribution to the field of leadership. Professor Mick Dodson AM, Director – Australian National University (ANU) National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Australian of the Year 2009
“This surprisingly refreshing book has given me a different perspective on approaches than can be non-threatening, more flexible and meaningful to audiences within less open cultures. I’d highly recommend it as a hand book to anyone who is looking to make himself or herself relevant as a leader.”
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“The Leader’s Beacon serves as a terrific reference point for current and aspiring leaders wanting to better understand – and put into practice – what’s required to become an effective communicator in today’s competitive marketplace.” Trevor Young, Director of Strategy + Innovation, Edelman Australia
The 55-minute guides are the antidote to most business books. A quick read, not a long slog. Focused on big ideas, not technical detail. Promoting joined-up thinking, not functional bias. Written to empower the reader, not to make the author look clever.
The Leader’s Beacon? Dr Martin Luther King Jr used the phrase “a great beacon light of hope” in his famous dream speech. Beacons are both symbolic and practical. They mark the final destination of journeys. They illuminate the path ahead and provide early warnings of possible dangers. They call people together to unite in taking great actions. And, in the case of radio beacons, they help us listen and respond to messages from others.
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