Kevin and Jackie Freibergâ€™s previous book, Nuts!: Southwest Airlineâ€™s Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, described the unconventional leadership that made Southwest an airline industry dynamo. In GUTS!, the Freibergs look at twenty-five gutsy and extraordinarily successful businesses and introduce the chief executives who are creating a new corporate ethos that blows the doors off business-as-usual.Drawing on five years of research, the Freibergs provide a behind-the-scenes look at these intensely focused, passionate, and unconventional leaders and their companies. Among them: â€˘ James Blanchard, CEO of Synovus Financial, a financial services giant with more than 16 billion dollars in assetsâ€˘ Roy Spence, Jr., President of GSD&M Advertising, which AdWeek magazine named Southwest Agency of the Year seven timesâ€˘ James Goodnight of SAS, a world leader in intelligence softwareAlthough the leaders in the book represent a wide-range of industries, they share a common vision: They see business as a heroic cause and understand that good leadership isnâ€™t a matter of position, but of influence. They reject hierarchical rules, rituals, and expectations, and have replaced in-the-box management with a culture based on passion and innovation. They regard their employees not as â€śhuman resources,â€ť but as individuals with unique gifts and talents. And make everyone in the company responsible for the companyâ€™s brand and culture. An exciting follow-up to Nuts!, which has sold nearly 500,000 copies in hardcover and paperback, GUTS! proves that it is possible to have fun, live your values, and still make money.
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