THE POWER OF ONE: You’re the Boss

PM World Book Review

To read entire Book Review (click here)Book Title:  THE POWER OF ONE: You’re the Boss
Author:  Kathleen Brush
Publisher:  Kathleen Brush
Format:  Soft cover; 295 pages
Publication Date:   2012     ISBN: 978-1479380459
Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP
Review Date:            December 2013

Introduction to the Book

Being an effective boss requires the right balance of hard, soft and composite skills.   The book shares how an imbalance of one or more of these skills can cause leadership failure and negatively impact the employees behaviorally.  How to build sufficient skills around each of these key leadership areas to prevent negative impact is the goal of this book.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 3 sections:

  1. Organizational Behavior/Motivation:  addresses motivation from multiple views including unlocking the mysteries behind performance issues, leadership skills, wiring of employees, organizational factors, external forces, states and sources of power. 
  2. Strategy: focuses on the process and hierarchy, tends which are data driven based on the right parameters, focus on lifecycle phases for making timely strategy goals and also covers essentials topics which require attention when attempting to secure a global context. 
  3. The Other Skills: include topics such as finance and accounting, economics, marketing, laws/regulations, information technology and quality management. Developing process, corporate governance without losing focus on integrity were also useful topics covered in this section. 

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

The section covering other essential skills emphasized the importance of understanding economics, laws/regulations and also augmenting management skills to a more global context is a new area which often leaders fall short on understanding and adequately managing opportunity and treats risks.  Some leaders operate without adequate investigation on these topics and learn the lessons too late in a project lifecycle to be able to correct the damage done.

Diving into the global context requires understanding of trade-offs around decisions and impact on your organization success.   Some areas where leaders should strive to better understanding are choices around using inexpensive labor versus unreliable logistics and labor laws, stability of banking and finances and differences in HR policies and variations of economic laws.  Often these decisions are made without adequate analysis of the risks which also negatively impact projects. 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP

North Texas, USA

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and is a certified project manager.  She is currently consulting as a program manager in the transportation industry and manages a suite of related software projects.  She has extensive work experience in the defense, telecom and environmental industries with special focus on project development, delivery and operational phases.  She has lead mid-sized teams as an IT Application Manager and Service Delivery Management in the telecom industry. Nazanin is an active volunteer for the PMI Dallas Chapter (Marketing group) and PMI Fort Worth Chapter as the email manager. Email: [email protected]