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

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

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.

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.

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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Blythe J. McGarvie is president and founder of LIF Group and serves on the boards of Accenture, Pepsi Bottling Group, St. Paul Travelers, Lafarge NA, and Wawa. She is a former CFO and in 1995 was one of only 10 female CFOs in the Fortune 500. She has spoken worldwide to business and academic audiences on leadership, globalization, and business strategy. LIF group offers a global perspective for clients to achieve profitable growth and can be reached at www.LIFgroup.com.

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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

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.

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.

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

  • 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
  •   Make globalization your passport to opportunity

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.

Praise from top leaders in every field

"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

"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

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

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

"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

"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 & CEO, The Campbell Soup Company

"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

"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 & Innovation, Kellogg School of Management

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

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