February 21, 2008

Book Review - Judgment

Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls
Noel M. Tichy and Warren G. Bennis
HD 57.7 .T496 2007

Tichy and Bennis believe that it is a leader's judgment, whether good or bad, which they are most remembered for. Using examples of real leaders, Tichy and Bennis have created a model that can be used to help decision making. They break the process into three phases: before a judgment call, decisive action, and execution. Surprisingly, the organization of chapters does not align with the discussion of this model. Instead, most chapters focus on different types of judgments that leaders will make--people, including preparing successive leaders, organizational strategy, judgments in crisis, teaching about judgment, and learning from judgment, both your own and that of others. This is an interesting concept, one that has received little attention in the leadership literature until now.