The Diamond Process: How to Fix Your Organization and Effectively Lead People
by Mike Diamond and Chris Harding
Do you need help moving your organization from chaos to order, or advice to achieve better balance? The Diamond Process: How to Fix Your Organization and Effectively Lead People is the timely new book that will help you understand the fundamentals of leading people and processes. It provides a common sense perspective that will change the way you view leadership and enable you to identify the missing pieces of your leadership approach.
Author Major General (Ret) Mike Diamond combines his 45-years of experience leading thousands of troops and civilians in combat with that of his son and co-author, Capt. Chris Harding, whose 23-years of combat and advanced education complete a wholly innovative approach to effective leadership. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, CEO, HR executive, shift manager, Chief Learning Officer, working mom or investor seeking a functional and fruitful investment opportunity, The Diamond Process will help you transform an organization and lead your team more effectively based on proven experiences and unique insights in the corporate and military worlds.
Throughout the book, Mike and Chris insert charts, graphs, exercises and personal anecdotes from their exceptional experiences that reinforce concepts presented in the chapters: “A General’s Reflection” and “Captain’s Corners.” Both are intended to provide examples where Diamond Process Model concepts have been successfully used in actual leadership situations. It should be adopted by managers and executives from government, nonprofit, financial, business and healthcare organizations, military leaders, and students—as the processes and tested-strategies are universal and can be used at any level within any organization, but only for those willing to work to win.
“The Diamond Process is based on a model that I developed during 40 years in leadership positions in both military and corporate sectors,” said Diamond, Founder and CEO of Diamond Strategy Group. “This book is a superb handbook for any leader who wants to run their business or organization successfully and be a champion in their field.”
Mike and Chris created The Diamond Process as a guide to help current leaders — and others who aspire to be leaders — to not only live up to the basic expectations that subordinate workers would have of them, but also to help them progress toward a loftier standard they refer to as the “complete leader.” This book enables readers to learn how to be the most effective leader their subordinates want them to be and their organizations need them to be—from large organizations, especially those who are undergoing a merger, acquisition or draw-down; entrepreneurial start-ups, often with strong technical talent, but without leadership experience; small, family business owners who are “jack-of-all-trades,” but lack formal leadership training; and work-at-home or stay-at-home moms who are leading the family unit. The book also includes the following themes:
- That leadership skills CAN be taught
- The difference between a right- and left-brained leader
- Why HR executives should augment job descriptions with KSAs
- How investors can identify a dysfunctional organization
- How to make uncomfortable workplace changes and earn the respect of your team
- Traits employees really want in a boss
- Quiz: Are you a “people” or “process” centric leader?
- “Referent” power is stronger than “legitimate” power
- Where do you, or your boss, fit on the Leadership Scale?
Major General Michael J. Diamond, US Army (retired) served a combined 35 years on active duty and in the Reserves. He holds an MBA from University of Alabama-Birmingham, MS in Industrial Management from George Washington University, Master in Strategic Studies from US Army War College and BS in Finance and Accounting. Mike has led over 27,000 military members in combat support operations in the Middle East and led the first force rotation. Additionally, he has served two tours at US Central Command (CENTCOM) as the Deputy Director of Logistics and Director of Coalition Coordination Center. Mike founded Diamond Strategy Group, which provides fixes for organizations and aids in improving skills for leading people and processes and has been a mentor/trainer/coach/facilitator in most of his military and civilian roles. He brings this wealth of experience in military, manufacturing, retail, consulting, IT and many other sectors to help improve performance in organizations.
Christopher R. Harding, son of Mike Diamond, is a 23-year veteran currently serving as an Acquisition Program Manager at Tinker Air Force Base, OK. In 1992, he was awarded Eagle Scout by the Birmingham Area Council. He graduated the University of Alabama in 2008 with a BS in Entrepreneurship and is pursuing a Master in Administrative Leadership at Oklahoma University. Chris has served as a Navy air traffic controller, a network administrator in the Alabama National Guard, and as an officer in the Air Force. Prior to his current assignment as a program manager, Chris led over 250 Airmen at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, working as an aircraft maintenance officer for the MQ-1B Predator program and has had numerous deployments, including supporting flight operations at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.
Their new book, The Diamond Process: How to Fix Your Organization and Effectively Lead People, is available on DiamondStrategyGroup.com, Amazon and other fine booksellers. For more information, visit DiamondStrategyGroup.com.
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