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Book Review: Unlocking Leadership Excellence: The Power of Greatness Through Subtraction

Today, we’re exploring an enlightening approach to leadership and productivity, as presented in Sam Schreim’s book, “Greatness Through Subtraction“. This guide isn’t just another item for your reading list. It’s a transformative perspective on how achieving more by doing less can lead to unparalleled success and fulfillment for you and your teams.

I recently received a copy of Greatness Through Subtraction for review and while it covers a wide range of topics, from wellness to sustainable living to decluttering your home, for the purposes of this audience, let’s look at the takeaways for leaders:

Leadership with Clarity and Focus

Schreim introduces us to the essential leadership strategy of leading with clarity and focus. The principle is straightforward yet profound: eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak. This approach to decluttering isn’t limited to physical spaces but extends to our goals, strategies, and daily tasks. By simplifying our objectives, we not only enhance our own decision-making abilities but also provide clearer direction for our teams.

Empowering Teams by Removing Barriers

One of the book’s core messages is the empowerment that comes from removing barriers. Schreim demonstrates how leaders can unlock their teams’ potential by eliminating unnecessary procedures and complexities. This act of subtraction fosters an environment where creativity and productivity flourish, enabling teams to focus on what truly matters.

Fostering Innovation Through Constraints

An intriguing aspect of Schreim’s philosophy is the idea that constraints can actually drive innovation. Instead of viewing limitations as hindrances, Schreim encourages leaders to see them as opportunities to think creatively and solve problems in new ways. This mindset can lead to groundbreaking ideas and solutions that would not have emerged in a boundary-less environment.

The VMOST Framework: A Tool for Success

Schreim also delves into the VMOST framework—Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategy, Tactics—as a comprehensive tool for leaders to align their actions and decisions with their overarching goals. This framework ensures that every effort is purposeful and directed towards achieving significant outcomes, demonstrating the effectiveness of strategic subtraction in planning and execution.

A Call to Action for Leaders

Greatness Through Subtraction” is more than just a concept; it’s a practical guide to rethinking how we lead and manage. It challenges us to reconsider our approach to leadership, urging us to embrace simplicity and focus as pathways to greater achievement and satisfaction.

As leaders, adopting this subtractive mindset empowers us to enhance our leadership, streamline our processes, and cultivate an environment where innovation and productivity thrive. Let’s embrace the journey of doing less to achieve more, leading our teams to greatness through the art of subtraction.

This book is a compelling read for any leader seeking to refine their approach and inspire their teams to new heights. It’s time to explore how the power of subtraction can transform your leadership and unlock the full potential of your organisation.

Buy the book on Amazon here.

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About Ros: When she was growing up, Rosalind Cardinal wanted to be a vet or a scientist, but her fascination with human behaviour and neuroscience led her to a career in Organisational Development, creating better workplaces, great leaders, and inspired teams. Ros is a solutions and results oriented facilitator, with expertise spanning strategic planning, leadership development, organisational culture, change management, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement. Book a discovery call with Ros here.

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