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The Leader Architect

The Right People in the Right Places Doing the Right Stuff at the Right Time

Jim Grew, Alan Weiss (Foreword by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/30/2018)
MP3 CD (12/1/2018)
Compact Disc (12/1/2018)


Business books fall into two categories: theory and impractical protocols. Both provide either ideas without applications or applications without proven theoretical frames. They are like concept cars that no one expects to drive to work.

The Leader Architect provides the bridge to proven solutions based on sound theory. These solutions are being used successfully by expert leaders at some of the best companies in the world, without the elaborate external systems and training teams required by many popular approaches.

The Leader Architect is a practical guide for leaders who want to build and grow a consistently powerful organization that delivers long-term success. You will take away fresh insights on topics such as the following:

  • Myths we love that ruin our businesses
  • Power of pairs (why 1+1 is greater than 5+5)
  • Architecture of successful business organizations
  • Leverage of relationships
  • Resilience: A step beyond agility

In the daily flood of "shoulds" and "wants" that fill the lives of most executives, The Leader Architect is a fresh and simple guide to tactics and tools that have worked for others--and will work for you.

Praise For The Leader Architect: The Right People in the Right Places Doing the Right Stuff at the Right Time

"Jim Grew's book is a blueprint of how to understand, delegate and motivate the people in your organization. By understanding this blueprint, you can become your own leader architect."
— Laura Markee, founder & President, Markee Valuations

"If you lead people, keep this book on your desk. It will help you up your game quickly, with practical ideas that are easy to use."
— Robert MacLellan, cofounder Pacific Restaurants

"The Leader Architect abounds with insightful advice for any leader of a medium-sized business. Utilizing an engaging mix of case studies, examples, anecdotes and how-to's, Jim Grew presents management strategies and tactics sure to propel any business to the next level."
— Jason M. Brauser, Partner, STOEL RIVES LLP

"The Leader Architect is a terrific book for those looking for how to succeed with their business. Filled with useful applications of business theory, the book gives you numerous ways to continuously improve what you do. The book helps you think through your business vision to bust the myths that hold you back. It helps you understand the power of pairs in teambuilding. It assists in learning about the importance of empathy and building relationships. It will make you understand that the future is now! There is a great chapter on "It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do about It." What you should do about it is read this book!"
— Norm Duffett, President Orca Capital Securities, LLC

"I've been involved investing in over 100 startup companies and have participated on the boards of about 50. Without exception every one of these companies would have benefited greatly from the insights presented in very readable and understandable form in this exceptional book. Jim, where were you when I really needed you?"
— Elwood Howse, Co-Founder Cable & Howse Ventures

"Not another book about management, but a hands-on guide for business leaders dedicated to improving company performance."
— Dr. Bill Conerly, Economist and author of The Flexible Stance

"Full of clear examples that are immediately useable, Jim Grew's book, The Leader Architect, will be enormously helpful to leaders in almost any organization. I highly recommend it!"
— Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"I could always determine if the plant was profitable just by walking through it. That gut report doesn't translate well to managers, as talented and insightful as they may be. What they found indispensable was Jim Grew's concept of a scoreboard."
— Don Jones, Chairman & Co-Founder JVNW Inc.

"Jim Grew's unique insights will help to not only empower teams, but also turn executives into leaders."
— Scott Showalter, President and CEO, Oregon Symphony

"The Leader Architect is the proof of why Jim is called the Defogger and Accelerator. The chapter on Myths is a case in point. I told my clients that the practical advice in this chapter alone made the book my Christmas gift to them. Every page teems with pragmatic advice based on real world experience. In his words, "There is no such thing as the future. There is only now. The future is an accounting device that totals up the Now's." Get your copy of this book. NOW."
— Jerry Fletcher, CEO, Z-axis Marketing, Inc

"The impact of Jim's book on our business was immediate. His results-oriented approach and wisdom were just what we needed to get our company to the next level. Jim's insights and guidance were invaluable."
— Hal Cranston, Chairman and Co-Founder Emerald Landscape Co. Inc.

"Jim Grew is truly the 'Leader Architect' by the way he lays out the structure and foundational principals necessary to be an effectively leader. He has an uncanny ability to quickly drill down to the critical elements that help organizations hire and develop high-functioning players. I found it extremely valuable how the book integrates relationships and collaboration to a create the mindset necessary to build highly effective teams. Overall, Jim's insights and examples provided me with practical resources that I will use daily."
— Don Bielen, Principal Perkins & Co.

"Jim Grew has a great ability to listen and in listening he has acquired a great insight to how people and organizations work. He speaks clearly and directly so that there a few misunderstandings of his observations. Because of his experience in The Leader Architect he shows that there is a wide array of definitions of success and sets his solutions in the context of the client's definition. What does it mean to lead? He observes that empathy for the definition of success, the understanding of the problem, and the circumstances which impede success are all required for a useful solution. As an operator he knows these things work because he has been there and has had to deal with the issues he raises here."
— David Williams, retired CEO ShoreBank Pacific

"Small to medium-sized business leaders are trapped by the countless constraints inherent in running small enterprises. Most feel trapped, unable to break out and in the end work for their business rather than having the business work for them. Jim Grew's The Leader Architect addresses these constraints and provides new insights, new ways of thinking and a new perspective on what is otherwise well-travelled ideas providing a key to break free of the trap leaders find themselves in.

When was the last time you had a deep dive let alone considered the impact and value myths play in your business, the power or pairs, and what talent is looking for in work? All this and much more with practical steps to help leaders get to the place where they can get The Right People in the Right Places, Doing the Right Stuff at the Right Time."

— David DeMots, CEO - Package Containers, Inc., CEO - DHX Advertising, Inc.

"Jim Grew brings his exceptional education, management, and consulting experiences together to produce The Leader Architect. This book is a clear path to success for those Business Owners, Corporate Leaders, Managers, and all who follow its proven and disciplined approach of creating value in organizations of all sizes."
— Richard Reiten, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northwest Natural Gas

Career Press, 9781632651334, 256pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

About the Author

Jim Grew has run nine businesses and currently operates the Grew Company. As an executive advisor, he works with a select group of senior leaders to accelerate their impact. A strategist, coach, and leadership expert, Grew's unique mix of business experience and advanced psychology training is the catalyst that ignites dramatic shifts in business performance. Jim is a sought-after speaker and expert in the nuts and bolts of successful leadership. His work is based on his experience and his education at Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in Portland, Oregon.