• Leading the Unleadable

  • How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People
  • By: Alan Willett
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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By: Alan Willett
Narrated by: Tom Parks
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Publisher's Summary

The control-freak, the narcissist, the slacker, the cynic... 

Difficult people are the worst part of a manager's job. Whether it comes from direct reports or people above, outbursts, irrational demands, griping, and other disruptions need to be dealt with - and it's your responsibility to do it. 

Leading the Unleadable turns this dreaded chore into a straight forward process that gently, yet effectively, improves behaviors. Written by an insider in the tech industry, where personality issues routinely wreck projects, the book reveals a core truth: most people actually "want" to contribute results, not cause headaches. Once you realize the potential for change, the book's simple steps, examples, and scripts explain how to right even the most hopeless situations. You'll learn how to: 

  • Master the necessary mindset 
  • Explain the problem calmly in a short feedback session 
  • Get a commitment to change, and follow up 
  • Coach others to replicate the process 
  • Develop the situational awareness required to spot trouble even earlier in the future 

Every manager has "problem people". What sets great managers apart is how they turn them into productive team players. Prepare to transform the troublesome into the tremendous. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Alan Willett. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Almost nothing to do with difficult people

This book was supposed to be how to deal with multiple different types of difficult personalities. In actuality, it was an instruction book on how to run projects, mostly within the software industry. While there was some, albeit very minimal, input as to how to manage toxic employees, the majority of this book covered project management and leadership qualities that had little to do with difficult personalities.

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Good but not great

I thought it was an okay book. Had some insights that were new to leadership. Felt like it was aimed way more at corporate America and not as much small business owner leadership.

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Good tips for all leaders

Being a project manager, I especially appreciated chapters 11 through the end talking about groups and meetings.

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Not worth the read

The direction of this book does not exemplify leadership or address the issues in the title. It is a narcissistic way to look at your career and place in the business world.

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Proficient insight - yet not what I fully expected

This book is well written, and the audio version is nicely spoken. I highly appreciate the content and the tips provided for becoming a more effective leader (in fact I will listen to again in the coming week and spend more time on the self-reflective questions)

However, I felt that the content pivoted more to a core of ‘leading yourself’ than ‘leading the unleadable’. Obviously one cannot lead others effectively until they first get their own act together.... but I do wish that the content focused more on strategic actions for leading difficult persons. Also - I view that too much of the messaging was delivered through scenarios of particular examples. Case studies are often valuable for gleaning insight from, yet it would be useful to have walked away with a specific content related to the title.

Overall, I still do recommend the book - I just think that the title needs to be refreshed.

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Overall pretty good.

Pretty good, relatable, and helpful. I wish there were more info geared towards managing a small team in the service industry. Most of the things talked about were in an office setting.

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Good points but not great

Some good points. It's a lot of common sense stuff.You can get something good out of it its just a long listen

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Good book

I liked it. Seamed a little bit entry level leadership training, but still helpful. Worth a read for sure.

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misleading

in my opinion the title is very misleading the information in the book is quite minimal and nowhere near the quality that I have come to expect from other books in this category

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very helpful advice

this book is very easy to follow. The examples given are very clear. you will enjoy listening to this book,

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  • 01-19-17

Nothing new

Struggle to finish. Nothing new and no real insights into how to deal with the problems that the book suggests.

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  • Brizzle
  • 02-13-18

Great development tool

This book has great tips and strategies to help you manage not just difficult people but people in general. midway through the book I was able to implement some of the strategies into my working life with great success.

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  • 10-29-18

awesome

very interesting way to view leadership. the narrator does a great job to an otherwise dry subject