Book of the Month: Team of Rivals

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This book has altered my understanding of true leadership. Most Americans know various facts and tidbits in regards to the life of Abraham Lincoln, from his Gettysburg Address to his assassination. For many, he is regarded as one of the greatest American presidents. However, most of the stories told about Abraham Lincoln don’t capture the historical context, setting, and inner-workings of the men and women surrounding him at this time. Team of Rivals: The political Genius of Abraham Lincoln sheds light onto the true leadership of Abraham Lincoln by uncovering the varying nature (friend and foe) of those he was responsible to lead.

Many leaders surround themselves with “yes-men” who are too afraid to challenge the leader; this fear of feedback has caused the downfall of great organizations. Abraham Lincoln knew that in order to keep the Union together that he would have to select cabinet members that not only politically disagreed with him on some issues, but that were also at times openly hostile to the president. This book shows how the Union could have crumbled if it wasn’t for President Lincoln’s leadership of those who were the toughest to lead.

Is this book only important to those who are interested in American History? Absolutely not. This book is as influential and applicable as any best-selling business book. It embodies the 12th Keyser Principle, and the leadership from this book, when lived, will powerfully impact the direction of any company.

“We are 100% coachable. We do not resist feedback, we are never defensive, and we look deep within ourselves to identify where criticism could be even partially true. We find great value in the perspective of others and are fully committed to the consensus of the team.”

Blake Hardison

Reviewed by Blake Hardison

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Lovitt & Touché Seminar

“Everyone has heard the three most important words in real estate: Location, Location, Location! But as a commercial real estate professional, the three-word question that everyone asks, expecting an immediate answer in three words or less is: “How’s the market?”

The reality is always that it depends – on who you are asking and what their goals are; on what type of real estate we are talking about; on whether they are on the selling or buying side; and of course, on the exact location, said Blake Hardison at a seminar hosted by Lovitt & Touché yesterday.”

Read the full article on the seminar here >>

Book of the Month: Enchantment

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Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki

This book is an extraordinarily powerful book, much more so than I anticipated when I first picked it up. My favorite part of the book is that as it describes how to enchant people (or enroll them in what you are wanting to enroll them in), it was made very clear that to really be able to effectively enchant an entire marketplace, you have to be very authentic, not self-serving, and be truly passionate and fully enrolled in anything you wish to enroll anyone else in. Otherwise, people can sense the inauthenticity, and not only are they not enchanted, but now they see you for the charleton that you are.

This book was an extraordinary read for me, because it helped reinforce in my mind how powerful and necessary our mission is here at Keyser as we strive to transform our industry and the world through selfless service. It validated a great many things that we are already doing as well as gave me fresh ideas for other ways we can help to spread our mission and purpose to the world. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to accomplish something great in life, particularly if it requires other people to help you accomplish them.

Jonathan Keyser

Reviewed by Jonathan Keyser

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Please Join Us

I want to invite all of you local financial executives that are not yet members of Financial Executives International (FEI) to be our guests at the upcoming dinner event at 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 12th at the Phoenix Country Club.

Keyser will be presenting on “How to Create Extraordinary Success by Helping Others Succeed”, and we would love to have you as our guest. CPE credits are available for attending as well. You can learn more about FEI at www.feiaz.org.

Please email Rae at rjohnson@keyserco.com if you would like to attend and we will get you registered.

Working (and Living) With Purpose

This is a really great article about how it’s not just what you’re doing, but why you’re doing. Some favorite excerpts:

“…it is only in the process of giving to others that we can really live with purpose. Service to others is the bedrock of success, but it may very well be the foundation of a meaningful life, too.”

“Your purpose is intricately tied to the elevation of others around you. If you are promoting others and acknowledging their contributions, then you are more than likely living within your purpose.”

Read the full article here at Inc.

Webinar with Steve Chandler

On February 14, 2013, Jonathan Keyser was the featured guest on best-selling author Steve Chandler’s Wealth Warrior webinar. In the webinar, Chandler interviews Keyser about his professional and personal transformation, the philosophy behind Keyser’s service-centric model for doing business, and the team he has assembled to spread that model throughout the business world.

>> Click here for the link to download and listen.