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The second half seemed to flow better than the first half. Overall it's an enjoyable read with good quotes and anecdotes to support the author's ideas. I liked his debunking of outdated, faddish, silly leadership assumptions (e.g. charismatic style as important for good leadership). In fact he dismisses style altogether in favor of IQ as determining factor of success. Some ideas presented seem to suffer from outcome bias. Stories of "smart" approaches seem contradictory at times; in one case def...
The last quarter where Menkes finally got to the meat of how to gauge Executive Intelligence was valuable, but the exhaustive discussion around the merit of IQ assessments and overt reliance on biological factors was definitely less enjoyable.
Solid, informative read on how Spencer Stuart thinks about its executive search process. Without interest in this process specifically, I don’t think huge incremental value to other articles and books that emphasize the importance of EQ in leadership.
A very formative and helpful read that I was lucky to receive from my CEO early in my consulting career. I'm surprised so few have read and rated it.
Executive Intelligence: What All Great Leaders Have Justin Menkes CollinsIn this volume, Justin Mendes explains that Executive Intelligence(tm) (or ExI) "is the single biggest driver of executive performance" and claims that it is overlooked by current assessment practices. Through his work with some of the most effective executives in the world, Menkes, co-founder of Executive Intelligence Group, sought to understand the qualities of star performers. He found that success could be attributed to...
This book discusses what's necessary to be successful in large business organizations, which the author terms "Executive Intelligence." He boils it down to 1) being able to define the real problems and high priority issues, 2) being able to work with/through others, understanding their positions, agendas, and likely reaction, and 3) improve/adapt oneself. It sounds simple, but he goes into details and shows a rational reader that the level most people operate falls far short.The book is solid on...
In construct, content and face validity, Ex-I comes up trumps far ahead of IQ,PBI and EI tests in the on-demand work environment. Like other co-important aptitudes (definitely not co-equal), it can be learned, but for the executive to properly get a handle on it, he/she must cultivate a deliberate and continuous practice in critical thinking. The moment this is jettisoned for the i-know-it-all rote knowledge of supposed star performers, then decay sets in. Ex-I is far beyond a regurgitation of f...
Aptitudes of exceptional leaders:Tasks--define a problem, prioritize, identify knowns and unknowns, decision-makingOthers--recognize agendas, understand perspectives, anticipate emotional reactionsSelf--identify personal mistakes, seek constructive criticism, adjust own behavior
This is the book that made me want to be a recruiter.Two executives have the same basic experience history...yet one leads a company to enormous success and one a huge belly flop. What's the difference? This book has that answer.
Kind of like Emotional Intelligence but related to a business environment. Great advice for people assimilating into leadership positions
It was a good book, some interesting points, nothing completely earth shattering but some good points. Not to heavy on the case studies but good academic backing. Good read