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Gabriël Anthonio - The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders

A Guide to Leadership With Lasting Impact

LEADERSHIP | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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In The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders you are inspired and challenged to follow your own path in leadership development and take others with you on this journey. To work on leadership with a positive impact on yourself and your environment. The title of this book refers to the pocket knife of Gabriël Anthonio’s grandfather; teacher, and a great coach for old and young.

This book will be a constant companion. You can pick it up anytime and read the chapters separately, according to your needs. You can gift this book to anyone you wish to encourage in developing leadership with lasting positive impact. This book speaks to the mind, but most of all to the heart.

Published in August 2019 | Paperback | 112 pages | ca. 20,000 words
Full English translation available
Over 10,000 copies sold of this series
Over 5,000 copies sold of this title
Audio (English and Dutch) published by Bookora
English and Dutch editions published by Management Impact

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriël Anthonio (1963), is chairman of the board of VNN (North Netherlands Addiction Care). In addition to his work as a manager, he lectures at the NHL-Stenden College and is an extraordinary professor at the RUG (University of Groningen) in leadership, organizational development, and sustainability. He started his career working with teenage dropouts in crisis shelters and on the streets, then held various management positions in, among others, a youth institution, a detention center, and in youth care. A common thread in his career is helping organizations in crisis get back on their feet. Anthonio puts leadership development into practice and inspires others to come along on his journey.

Gabriël Anthonio is a sought-after speaker at seminars, conferences, and in organizations, where he shares his ideas, theory, and practices. He appeals to directors and managers, as well as to the employees in the workplace. “I want to demythologize leadership, take off its halo and open it up to everyone.”


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Introduction

1. THE LARGE BLADE
Major issues first. When firm and visible intervention is necessary to deal with a large-scale problem.
2. THE SMALL BLADE
Do not neglect the minor issues. When short-term and targeted intervention is required to deal with small problems with potentially large consequences.
3. THE CORKSCREW
Bring impediments to the surface. When a negative undercurrent of unspoken feelings interferes with teamwork.
4. THE SCISSORS
Matters that require practical intervention. When you want to clarify tasks, roles, and responsibilities to restore balance.
5. THE CAN OPENER
Answer the “why” question. Your story and the images you evoke in others.
6. THE PUNCH
Answer the “where to” question. Connecting your goals to those of the organization.
7. THE HOOK
Answer the “how” question. So as not to stumble on your way to your goal.
8. THE BOTTLE OPENER
The role and purpose of rituals. When you want to strengthen the bond between people.
9. THE TWEEZERS
Removing annoyances. When it is time to sort out irritating and unnecessary activities taking up more space than they should.
10. THE TOOTH PICK
Personal barriers. When there are obstacles invisible to others that you need to deal with.

Acknowledgements
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Summarized by Get Abstract:

Gabriël Anthonio traces his interest in leadership to a summer day in his youth when his grandfather handed him a Swiss Army knife. His grandfather explained that the knife and its different tools represent multiple options for dealing with life’s challenges. The conversation resonated with Anthonio; here, he illustrates how leaders can metaphorically utilize the knife’s implements in the workplace. Take his advice to heart, and you’ll be a cut above everyone else.

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