Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level wrote the following Foreword to Nicholas Barnett's book titled, GPS for your Organisation: how to energise your employees and build sustainable high performance.
"The more I work in the field of leadership, the more I have become convinced of two things. First of all, leadership is about going somewhere. If your people don't know where you want them to go or how you want them to behave-if your long-term direction, purpose, strategy, and values are not clear-your leadership doesn't matter. I guarantee you won't generate high levels of performance or human satisfaction. Secondly, unless people have something to serve, such as a compelling vision or worthwhile goals, the only thing they have to serve is themselves. We certainly have seen the negative effects of self-serving leadership and behaviours in every sector of our society around the world.
The recognition of these two insights makes me excited about GPS for your Organisation: how to energise your employees and build sustainable high performance, and about Nicholas Barnett. The insights you will gain from reading this book will help you develop Gung Ho people who create Raving Fan customers who brag about you and keep coming back. This will guarantee you a profitable, well-run organisation. GPS for your Organisation is not a quick fix, but if it becomes a way of life in your workplace, you will move "full steam ahead" and outstrip your competition.
Thanks, Nicholas, for teaching us about the power of Guidance and Positioning Statements. With the clarity of an effective organisational GPS, we can all be more successful as leaders in creating high performing organisations."