Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game

Chess Not Checkers Elevate Your Leadership Game As organizations grow in volume and complexity the demands on leadership change The same old moves won t cut it any In Chess Not Checkers Mark Miller tells the story of Blake Brown newly appointed

  • Title: Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game
  • Author: MarkMiller
  • ISBN: 9781626563957
  • Page: 282
  • Format: ebook
  • As organizations grow in volume and complexity, the demands on leadership change The same old moves won t cut it any In Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale Nothing Blake learned from his previous roles seems to help him deal with the issues he now faces The proAs organizations grow in volume and complexity, the demands on leadership change The same old moves won t cut it any In Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale Nothing Blake learned from his previous roles seems to help him deal with the issues he now faces The problem, his new mentor points out, is Blake is playing the wrong game The early days of an organization are like checkers a quickly played game with mostly interchangeable pieces Everybody, the leader included, does a little bit of everything the pace is frenetic But as the organization expands, you can t just keep jumping from activity to activity You have to think strategically, plan ahead, and leverage every employee s specific talents that s chess Leaders who continue to play checkers when the name of the game is chess lose On his journey, Blake learns four essential strategies from the game of chess that transform his leadership and his organization The result unprecedented performance

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  • MarkMiller

    I began writing over decade ago when I was fortunate to team up with Ken Blanchard on The Secret What Great Leaders Know and Do In 2011 I released The Secret of Teams outlining the key principles that enable some teams to outperform the all the rest Great Leaders Grow Becoming a Leader for Life came next in 2012, followed by The Heart of Leadership in October 2013, and then the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Secret on September 2, 2014 In 2015, CEO Blake Brown s story continues in my new book, Chess Not Checkers Elevate Your Leadership Game April 6, 2015 Blake must learn that it s time to stop getting checkmated by circumstances or competitors, and start thinking ahead and planning the next move My most recent book, Leaders Made Here Building a Leadership Culture, was released in March of 2017, and tells the fable of Blake, a CEO who has to figure out a practical plan that any organization can use to create a leadership culture, sustained competitive advantage, and long term success.With than 500,000 books in print, I ve been surprised by the response and delighted to serve leaders through my writing.In addition to writing, I really love speaking to leaders Over the years, I ve traveled extensively around the world teaching for numerous international organizations My theme is always the same encouraging and equipping leaders.I also sell chicken I started my Chick fil A career working as an hourly team member back in 1977 In 1978, I joined the corporate staff working in the warehouse and mailroom Since then, I ve provided leadership for Corporate Communications, Field Operations, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Training and Development, and Organizational Effectiveness Today I serve as the Vice President of High Performance Leadership.

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  • A great, short book on leadership lessons told through the story of a new CEO. The mindset of envisioning a business as requiring chess strategy, not reactive checkers strategy is a powerful image. The main takeaways were:1) Bet on Leadership - growing leaders grow the business2) Act As One - alignment multiples impact3) Win the Hearts - Engagement gets effort4) Excel at Execution - Greatness hinges upon execution


  • Mark Miller is on a hot streak, which continues with this latest in his engaging series of leadership development books. Mark is one of the reasons why I now happily read "story" books about leadership and learning. While I prefer the hardcore textbook approach, Mark has a deft touch with dialogue, characterization, plot, and the use of analogy. All are on prominent display in this latest title in what I hope is a very prolific and long-running leadership series.Using the game of chess as the co [...]


  • It’s Not Checkers its Chess Book : (B-A-W-E) This review contains spoilers!!! - Bet on Leadership - develop, invest, train, lead, and love your leadership team- Act as One - get everyone on board with the purpose, the mission, and the core values of the organization. Those who are not on board 100% do not belong with this organization- Win the Heart - develop their dreams, don’t extract value from them give them value, praise them, love them, encourage them, gain their trust, and give opport [...]


  • An engaging read on what's needed to lead a business today. Some might find trite that the lessons were packaged as a story, but I thought it was well done.


  • Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game by Mark MillerI’ve been writing book reports since 2013 and am always pleased when Mark Miller writes a new book. He mixes the literary style of a novel with the solid foundation of leadership truths. His unique twist in telling a business story is a refreshing way to absorb the knowledge he shares. I got as far as the first sentence on the book cover and knew this book was another must-read. “An organizations grow in volume and complexity, th [...]


  • I thought the basic principles of this book were outstanding, however, the fictional story in which these principles were applied was a little too unrealistic for me. This made it somewhat difficult for me to read. I do feel like the book could have been condensed down to about 50 pages or less as well. Regardless, I think it’s worth the read for anyone who would have the desire to grow as a strategic leader.


  • This book was an excellent tome on leadership. It clearly describes what leadership is and how to do it well. I likened chess to leadership and checkers to management. You need to be able to play both well. However, you cannot lead change effectively if you do not play chess well. An excellent book. I will be taking much away from it.


  • This was a fabulous and super quick read! I love development with a story involved!!! Highly recommend this for leaders who need some focus and help with turning their teams into high performers! *read it with a highlighter. for circling back on those amazing points you don't want to forget!


  • Short story about a new CEO. This is an easy read. The main take always are grow leaders, prepare them for the future by investing your time and investing in training. Communication help employees to be engaged. Great book.


  • Much like the Energy Bus, this sort of parable should be read to fifth grade students. The book is an embarrassment to business publications and CEO recommendations that proclaim it worthy of one's time.


  • This is another one of those business books that presents information in the form of a made-up story (ie The Goal). The principles are pretty easy to understand right off the bat and the story doesn't add much but to repeat the original premise. This book could be an infographic.


  • Great book on organizational leadership. I love Miller’s writing style, he’s a storyteller, and the story flows smoothly throughout the pages.


  • Excellent book. Unique narrative style to deliberate leadership points. Narrative was a bit simple but truths were profound.


  • Good insightThrough parable format, Miller hits 4 leadership concepts. While not all new material, it was insightful with powerful quotes throughout. Worth the short read.




  • Buen libro, muy adhoc al tema de liderazgo, tips y estrategias, así como una interesante comparativa sobre el ajedrez, las damas y el incesante juego de los negocios.



  • Chess not Checkers - Mark Miller Ideas to help us grow as individuals: • Create personal development plans• Solicit feedback • Accept stretch assignments • Close critical skill gaps • Find a coach or mentor The more you can leverage the unique capabilities of each piece, the greater your chances of victory. When you deploy people thoughtfully, you create greater value. pg 80 “when people are given the opportunity to do what they do best, you engage much more than their hands. When yo [...]


  • In this teaching story, a new CEO realizes the org he's been hired to lead is a bit of a hot mess, so he finds a mentor to help him turn the company around. The basic idea is that companies should be pro-active rather than re-active. The former strategy is chess and the latter, checkers, per Miller.It's a good metaphor, actually, for leading and managing people. If you're always putting out fires, the important stuff never gets done. Miller has a strategy he labels servant leadership, designed t [...]


  • "Chess not Checkers" was a rather mixed bag, mostly because it was presented in the format of a simplified story. Most of the time this resulted in a rather stilted narrative. Nobody actually says "You will never really act as one unless you master your cascading communications" or "When your organization gets out of alignment, you loose energy, focus, momentum, and results." Much of the book read as a sort of morality tale with predictable characters.On the plus side there were some instances w [...]


  • Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for free through the First Reads program.Chess Not Checkers presents a few key leadership lessons spread over a 120 page, easy to read narrative.On the plus side, the lessons are worthwhile and it is a quick read.On the minus side, the lessons could have been presented in a much more condensed format (a couple of pages each) and didn't require a book. Alternatively, the book could have dug deeper into each of the lessons with more examples, show some follow [...]


  • The book offered a different take on getting a message across. This was the first fictional leadership book I have read. I didn't know what to expect, but it ended up getting the point across pretty easily. The story of Blake as a new CEO and learning from his mentor and team was enough to keep me interested the whole time. I did skim a little every now and again as the story was obvious in parts. Additionally, the whole thing was like a cheesy office video about sexual harassment or something s [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It is short and compelling to read. It is full of wisdom about the different kind of leadership that it takes to create a high performance organization when complexity changes the game. A organization can get by when its leaders play checkers, but only for a while. When the game becomes chess, leaders need to think differently, seeing several moves ahead, and thinking about the unique characteristics of every piece and their arrangement on the board. For anyone [...]


  • Several of the other reviews give insights to the context of the book. Thus, I'll use this space to share why I love (5 Stars) this book.What I enjoy about Mark's books is the simple delivery based on a story and the easy to remember concepts. While this book doesn't have an acronym to help you remember the chess moves (i.e G.R.O.W, S.E.R.V.E. or H.E.A.R.T), you can still make your own like I did, LAWEwhich in my head sounds like "law".I read Mark's other books years ago and to this day, I remem [...]


  • Written in the style of a leadership / business fable, this book by Mark Miller is very good. Great organization do at least four things right: 1. Bet on LeadershipGrowing leaders grow organizations2. Acts as OneAlignment multiples impact3. Win the HeartEngagement energizes effort4. Excel at ExecutionGreatness hinges on executionI enjoyed this book and appreciated it's emphasis on these four very important principles. I especially recommend this book to anyone new to the realm of leadership.


  • In the fable, a new CEO learns that high performance organizations: Bet on Leadership, Act as One, Win the Heart, and Excel at Execution. This well written story is a quick and fun read. You really care about the people and the plot moves fast. But what makes is really great is that the teaching points embedded in the story are based on a two year study of great organizations, including live visits and data analysis. The combination of deep research and smooth story make for a great read. I high [...]


  • I won this book in the FirstReads program of GoodReads. The opinions I share are my own :)I'm torn about how to rate this book. The text offers good, useful frameworks for leading any organization. The text is also takes a long time to get to the point, and repeats the point a whole lot. Once I finished reading, I filled a couple pages with thoughts about how to apply these lessons to my own job, which helped make up for wading through the writing. I'm both glad that I read this, and glad that I [...]


  • Recommended by the COO of my company, and a truly inspiring read for all leaders in any field of occupation. Checkers, in metaphor, is straight forward thinking and will not enable leaders to realize the full potential of themselves and their teams, until the board is flipped and a Chess mentality transforms. Thinking strategically, identifying root causes to problems, developing talent to enhance the pieces on the board, and having them all work together for one goal. A quick read - and highly [...]


  • In Chess not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game, Mark Miller, co-author of The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do, uses the metaphor of chess and checkers to demonstrate the shift in leadership style needed to manage as an organization grows in size and complexity. Through a simplified case study and a book easily read in one sitting, the author illustrates a clear management vision.Read my complete review at: memoriesfrombooks/2015Reviewed for GoodReads First Reads program


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