True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development

Bill George and Doug Baker. Berrett-Koehler, $17.95 trade paper (200p) ISBN 978-1-60994-007-2
For years, Harvard Business School professor Bill George (True North) and corporate executive Doug Baker have been running True North groups. These groups help executives and leaders maintain their personal integrity and ethical compass by allowing them to periodically open up to fellow leaders in a safe environment. Participants share personal challenges, discuss strategies, and provide a support network for each other. Here, the authors provide a step-by-step guide for why one should start a True North group and how to do so. In addition, they discuss the importance of setting ground rules and norms, and offer suggestions for how to get through the bonding process during the first few meetings. This frank assessment of what their groups offer and how they must be structured lends the process credence, but readers who have never heard of True North groups will need to catch up very quickly to gain useful insights. Though it may be difficult for people who aren't business leaders to immediately see the value of the group, they will feel inspired once they do, and after they've bought into the True North message, they can use this helpful book to start their own. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/22/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
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