Why Make Eagles Swim? Embracing Natural Strengths in Leadership and Life

Bill Munn, with Libby Cortez. Greenleaf Book Group, $22.95 (216p) ISBN 978-1-62634-8
In this friendly, upbeat call to focus on one’s existing strengths rather than struggling to salvage one’s weaknesses, 45-year management coach Munn exhorts readers to stop wasting time, both in the corporate world and in their personal lives. Munn helps businesspeople find their own “attribute profile[s],” those “natural, inborn strengths” that are second nature; he also speaks to coaching teams and helps coworkers find their own strengths. As presented in this book, attributes aren’t skills or knowledge; they’re natural gifts and inherent traits. These attributes fall into a number of categories, including conceptual, decisive, orderly, persuasive, and responsible. Munn’s at his strongest when arguing against the “myth of well-roundedness.” According to him, it’s just as important to understand others’ gifts as one’s own, and the book delves deeply into working with others. Although the tone can be self-congratulatory, this is a well-thought-out and helpful call for readers to focus their attention on what they’ve already got going for them. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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