2017-2018 Archive of Leadership Book Reviews

A leadership book review will be featured each month in AOA This Week. With hundreds of leadership books published every year, AOA Members select a book of interest and review it so that all AOA Members can gain the benefits in reading the summary by a peer. 

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    Book Title: Winning
    Reviewer: John R (Trey) Green, III, MD, FAOA 
    Professor and Chief, Division of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 

    About this Book:
    Author: Jack Welch 
    Published: HarperBusiness, 2005, 384 pages

    Jack Welch is the former CEO of General Electric who wrote the book, Winning, after an extended book tour interacting with audiences about his autobiography. The premise of the book is that winning is great, because it affords individuals an opportunity to thrive and feel optimistic about their futures. Winning lifts all, as the tide raises boats, and enables growth and more opportunities. The book offers a vision of how anyone can transition themselves to become an effective leader at any level. Although the paradigm is business, the principles are very applicable to medicine. 

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    Book Review: It’s How You Play the Game

    Book Title: It’s How You Play the Game: The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith
    Reviewer: Eric W. Edmonds, MD, FAOA 
    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery,
    University of California San Diego & Ready Children's Hospital 

    About this Book:
    It’s How You Play the Game: The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith
    Author: David Chadwick
    Published: Harvest House Publishers, 2015, 263 pages

    Unless you have ever followed college basketball, or lived in the Southern United States, you may not know the name Dean Smith. But, you probably know some of the names of the people that he affected like Michael Jordon or James Worthy. But, it was not just the lives of famous basketball players, he was a college coach at the University of North Carolina, he affected the lives of future businessmen, church pastors, city mayors, and state governors. One of those men went on to write this book highlighting the impact that Coach Smith had on the players and people around him. David Chadwick writes the book not to highlight the accomplishments of the man, but to crystalize the salient nature of his leadership approach for each of us to utilize in our positions of being a person that is able to interact with another person. 



    Book Review: Good to Great
    Reviewer: Cynthia L. Emory, MD, MBA, FAOA 
    Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Wake Forest School of Medicine

    About this Book:
    Good to Great
    Author: Jim Collins
    Published: HarperCollins, October 16, 2001, 320 pages

    Good to Great by Jim Collins describes the key facets of leaders that have successfully transitioned large corporations from being good to companies that are great.

    Read the full review here.  

Book: Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
L. David Marquet 
 Kevin P. Black, MD, FAOA
Posted: August 11, 2018  

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Book: LeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead
Orrin Woodward & Oliver DeMille
 Brett A. Freedman, MD, FRCSC, FAOA
Posted: July 14, 2018  

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Book: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Adam Grant
 Matthew J. Smith, MD, FAOA
Posted: June 16, 2018 

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Book: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months
Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington  
Eric D. Shirley, MD, FAOA  
Posted: May 19, 2018

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Book: Being the Boss: The Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader  
Linda Hill and Kent Lineback  
Mitchel B. Harris, MD, FACS, FAOA  
Posted: April 21, 2018 

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: Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
Author: Daniel Goleman 
Reviewer: Joseph A. Abboud, MD, FAOA 

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Book: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Reviewer: Robert E. Atkinson, MD, FAOA

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Book: Leading Department Excellence: Achieve the Robust Academic Health Center 
Author: Richard I. Burton, MD, FAOA
Reviewer: Douglas G. Armstrong, MD, FAOA

2017 Book Reviews

Book: Serve to be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom
Author: Matt Tenney
Reviewer: Edward B. McDonough, MD, FAOA
Review: Serve to be Great
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Book: Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters 
Author: Richard Rumelt
Reviewer: Paul T. Rubery, Jr., MD, FAOA
Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln  
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Reviewer: Mark C. Pinto, MD, FAOA
Book: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Author: Simon Sinek
Reviewer: James R. Ficke, MD, FAOA
Review: Leaders Eat Last
(Adobe PDF File)
Book: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey 
Reviewer: David Steinberg, MD, FAOA
Book: The Best Medicine: A Physician’s Guide to Effective Leadership, 2015 Edition
Authors: Bruce L. Gewertz and Dave C. Logan
Reviewer: Michael Joyce, MD, FAOA
Review: The Best Medicine
(Adobe PDF File)
Book: If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently
Author: Fred Lee
Reviewer: COL Anthony E. Johnson, MD, FAOA
Book: Leadership in the New Normal 
Author: Lt. Honore and Jennifer Robison
Reviewer: Andrew G. S. King, MD, MBChB, FACS, FAOA
Book:  Leadership Without Excuses, How to Create Accountability and High Performance (Instead of Just Talking About It)
Author:  Jeff Grimshaw and Gregg Baron
Reviewer: Gary D. Botimer, MD, FAOA
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Book: Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Authors: Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Reviewer: E. Barry McDonough, MD, FAOA