Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO FACTOR - The Key to Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life

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9780071460798: Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO FACTOR - The Key to Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life

A veteran. . Fortune 500. CFO and business innovator shares her breakthrough program to tap the leader within

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Blythe McGarvie incites readers. to think about the connections between success, ethics, and financial prowess.
. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

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During her extensive experience studying effectiveness in business, leadership expert Blythe McGarvie uncovered a vital lesson: successful leaders are systems thinkers. By managing the two forces that power the essential dynamic of business systems, integration (fitting in) and transformation (standing out), managers and executives will generate astonishing results: solutions are created, teamwork grows, change is embraced, and effectiveness is improved and rewarded.

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Now, in Fit In, Stand Out, McGarvie presents her breakthrough program that. will help you become a more effective leader. She reveals how integration and transformation function as the yin and yang of business, working together and balancing each other to form the two sides of leadership success. By mastering these imperatives through the revolutionary FISO FACTOR, you will become a team player while simultaneously advocating change and fostering long-term growth.

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Fit In, Stand Out provides the keys to mastering the six agents of FISO (financial acumen, integrity, alliances, learning, perspective, and global citizenship), and the attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics (ABCs) you need to wield them.

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At different times, many business leaders face the question of whether to roil waters or to calm them--shake up the system or become part of it. Accept the status quo too passively, goes the thinking, and a leader loses his or her power to push a group's performance to its highest potential. On the other hand, firebrands who push too hard and refuse to accept organizational realities can outrun their followers, and find themselves ineffective. Like Bob Herbold's The Fiefdom Syndrome or Larry Bossidy's Execution, this book comes from a corporate insider and offers readers a map to navigating the often-complicated political intrigues which characterize large organizations.

Author Blythe McGarvie works today as a consultant and board member of such global giants as Accenture, Pepsi Bottling, and St. Paul Travelers. In addition, she served previously as CFO of Bic Group, a Fortune 500 company. Through her performance in these roles, she's demonstrated her own career savvy. Now she seeks to pass on the lessons. As McGarvie explains it, the central challenge for leaders of modern, complex organizations is to understand how different people, processes, and trends integrate with each other ("fit in"), while at the same time retaining enough perspective and strength to transform those pieces and make their whole greater than the sum of individual parts ("stand out").

In a breezy writing style that weaves together perspectives from her personal experiences with anecdotes from a wide range of companies, such as GE, Microsoft, and Marriott, McGarvie makes the argument for 6 key traits. Leaders who want to fit in and also stand out, she says, must possess financial acumen; integrity; an ability to envision, build, and maintain alliances; learn; offer perspective; and practice global citizenship.

By themselves, the traits McGarvie describes are hardly ground-breaking. Some may criticize this book for rehashing old management axioms in an all too familiar way. The value of McGarvie's perspectives comes from her efforts to tie each of the 6 traits to a specific by-product which helps leaders both fit in and stand out. Financial acuity, she writes, provides leaders with a key dose of confidence necessary for their jobs. Integrity builds trust. Linkages provide access to new opportunities, both for leaders and for their teams. Learning provides ongoing innovation. Perspective leads to balanced judgment. And finally, global citizenship leads to agility. The heart of McGarvie's book comes from her explanations of the effects of these 6 qualities on a leader's reputation within an organization.

Another helpful quality of this book is its explanation of priorities: in a pinch, should aspiring CEOs fit in first, or stand out? These paths don't always conflict, but when they do, how should the tradeoff be resolved? According to McGarvie, they should fit in before standing out. Hopefully, though, most readers of this book will benefit from its insights, and avoid giving up one or the other for too long. --Peter Han

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"Now is the right time for anyone aspiring to executive ranks to absorb the wise advice McGarvie shares generously in this highly practical book."--Joseph Grenny, bestselling co-author of Crucial Confrontations

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During her extensive experience studying, practicing, and teaching effectiveness in business, leadership expert Blythe McGarvie uncovered a mandatory, though seemingly contradictory, lesson: in order to be a successful leader, you must excel at both fitting in and standing out. Even the most powerful leaders must fit in to ensure others will respect and follow them; however, leaders must also stand out from the group to be recognized and to drive corporate change and growth.

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Now, in Fit In, Stand Out, McGarvie presents her revolutionary program--The FISO Factor--which will help anyone in business become a more effective, influential leader. She reveals how the forces of integration (Fit In) and transformation (Stand Out) work together and balance each other to form the two sides of leadership success. McGarvie provides the keys to mastering the six agents of FISO, and the attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics (ABCs) you need in order to wield them.

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By mastering FISO, you'll discover how to establish the platform of support required to build your leadership prowess while taking your company beyond the status quo. McGarvie outlines each catalyst of FISO and its role, in personal, career, and corporate applications that enable you to

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  • Support, maintain, and work within the culture and structure of your company .
  • Know when and how to advocate change and successful long-term growth .
  • Understand and communicate the principles of financial statements and economic trends to best position your company for profitable returns .
  • Gain insight into the views and needs of both internal and external stakeholders, such as employees, superiors, customers, and suppliers .
  • Maximize the power potential of your relationship network .
  • Respond and adapt to ever-changing environments .
  • Andnbsp; Make globalization your passport to opportunity .
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Drawing upon McGarvie's hard-won lessons and featuring the valuable insights of many leadership experts, consultants, and academics, Fit In, Stand Out shows you how to step up and release the leader within.

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Praise from top leaders in every field

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"Distills what really works from real life experiences in order to share how to be a successful leader."--Ram Charan, bestselling coauthor of Execution and Confronting Reality

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"Fit In Stand Out encompasses both realistic perspectives and visionary aspirations to create a framework that clearly and compellingly delineates the elements of successful leadership." Eleanor Bloxham, CEO, The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance and author of Economic Value Management and Value Led Organizations

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"Frames the essential elements for leadership excellence, and creates a compelling, programmatic approach for success."--Cathryn C. Cranston, Publisher, Harvard Business Review

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"A well-designed blueprint for developing leadership skills and attaining career and corporate success."--James M. Kilts, Chairman, President and CEO, The Gillette Company

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"This book manages to both "fit in" with the best of the leadership books on the market today, and yet "stand out" as well!"--Roderick M. Kramer, William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Business School

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"Blythe...advocates a very healthy, integrity-laden, competence-based any situation. It is a most solid model for the corporate world to follow."--Douglas Conant, President And CEO, The Campbell Soup Company

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"Blythe McGarvie's insights...are invaluable benchmarks for organizations who need to assess their senior management."--Gordon Grand III, Managing Director, Global Practice Leader, Financial Officer's Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

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"Eloquently reveals the secrets of leadership as going beyond the seemingly opposite demands of fitting in versus standing out."--Mohanbir Sawhney, McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology, Director, Center for Research in Technology And Innovation, Kellogg School of Management

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"A practical, insightful, hands-on blueprint for leadership success."--Ken Duberstein, former White House Chief of Staff

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