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Steve Walker, CIO, DHL
“I am delighted to write the foreword for this book. I am a firm believer that you can become a great leader without necessarily having any innate leadership skills. There are several ordinary individuals who developed into great leaders including South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and my personal favorite Sir Alex Ferguson, who from humble beginnings in his native Scotland became one of soccer’s greatest managers.
What Manoj has achieved with this highly engaging and interactive book is to provide aspiring and established leaders with practical steps and actions to develop their leadership skills. Together with his honest, candid approach, and clear sections for the reader to complete their own input and action plans, this book allows the reader to truly get fully engaged and make deliberate plans for personal mastery.
Not that I am surprised that the book is engaging. I first met Manoj when he was giving a keynote speech at a conference in Singapore and it was simply enthralling! He had a few hundred people absolutely engaged. That is exactly what he has managed to do in this excellent book as well. This book is about real people – the kind of people we are all like. The reader immediately feels a connection, and together with practical steps the book delivers a fantastic learning opportunity.
As I read the book, I was learning from it, just like any other person who would read this book. As Manoj makes clear, it is all about what we do as individuals to develop our leadership skills. This book has inspired me to continue to do just that. Enjoy and learn!“
Todd Hutchison, Global Chairman, Peopleistic
Leadership Lessons from the Mousetrap is a great fable that hits to the heart of business and organisational culture issues. An insightful read that gets you questioning your own leadership style embed with practical tips that can make a positive impact on your business.
Bambang Winarso, Group CEO, Aszenda Global
“Manoj once again amazes us with his journey and provides a simple, comprehensive, and powerful working model to be a great leader. Since majority of us do fall under the category of Leaders by Design, and not Leaders by Birth, this is the right book that shows us the way. The mousetrap provides an excellent perspective to beautifully bring out memorable lessons and easy to follow steps towards personal mastery and leadership. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to be a leader others will choose to follow.”
Suketu Kohli, Senior General Manager, Mahindra Financial Services
“Leadership is belief in the premise that you can create and articulate a vision which will inspire people to offer their best. Leaders exist because people choose to follow them. leaders are windows of opportunity for their followers. Leaders have something called charisma, a magnetic field which enhances the self worth of the people in their orbit. This magnetic field energises them and makes them feel that they can achieve anything that they dream. To be such a leader requires personal mastery that creates the magnetic aura to attract followers.
The story of the mouse trap is a true metaphor of today’s corporate world where survival is often the mantra. The lessons drawn from the story are lucid and relate to everyday occurrences in the corporate environment. I am positive, if you follow the book’s advice, it will not only enhance your personal dynamism and productivity, it will also uplift your corporate ecosystem. Manoj creates a strategic road map for personal mastery which can help the reader become a new age Millennial Leader. As an experienced practitioner in the leadership development profession, I would say this is the simplest yet most comprehensive tool created for students and professionals to develop their leadership capabilities. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are in themselves nuggets of wisdom, each priceless.“
Dr. Kuncheria P Isaac, Vice Chancellor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University
“Some leaders are born but most are not and they become great through mere training, dedicated hard work and passion. The leadership lessons by Manoj in his refreshing approach of pedagogy will train a novice to become a great leader. I consider his professorial approach with exercises for each strategy to be an innovative learning approach using the simple mousetrap story. This is a real ‘mousetrap’ for people like me who do not have inborn talents to become a leader.”
Nishant Kasibhatla, Grand Master of Memory, Author of “Mind Tools For Peak Performance”
“The Mousetrap way has a unique take on leadership issues and challenges and provides specific action steps to tackle those. Other than the highly practical lessons in the book, what I find refreshing is how Manoj presented these leadership lessons with a perfect blend of real life applications, inspiring anecdotes, powerful metaphors, though-provoking questions and self-discovery questions. This is an amazing book and I highly recommend that you read it.”
Sourov Roy, Regional Consulting Director, Epicor
“From the day I met the enigma that is Manoj, one thing was very clear – his clarity of thought on Leadership and Personal Development! This book is a testament to how Manoj uses a simple fable to elaborate on a very profound foundation that defines true leadership. Leadership is not about titles, rather about taking ownership and initiative. It would be very simplistic to say that the book just emanates this one message – as this story can be reviewed in so many different dimensions. Are you eager to learn about these various dimensions, in a very practical and easy to understand manner? I suggest you read every lesson on leadership on this page turner!”
Joseph Alenchery, Vice President, Infosys
This book is a refreshing change from the leadership tomes penned across the ages – one that comes right from Manoj’s heart derived through his myriad experiences. Many themes run through this, from the concept of accountability partners to the art of infusing ideas as against generating them. I find this book rather unconventional in approach – evocative as against prescriptive and riddled with touching metaphors leading to thoughtful conclusions. It lets the reader derive what’s best for him or her. A must read for anyone wanting to improve on their approach to leadership!
Dr. Sandra Friedel, Regional HR Partner, BASF
Besides being a fun read, this book tells us in an intuitive way how we can assess, amend and improve our leadership behaviour. We can all relate to the mentioned stories, which makes it easier to carry the learnings into our professional and private live. I personally enjoyed the “Mousetrap Pact” Exercises, giving me the opportunity to come up with specific to-do’s as well as the practical tips on speaking/presentations.
Robert Chen, Director ARCC Holdings
Thank you for writing such an interesting book. I used your story for my team building event in my company and it was a success. The story is simple and everyone understood the essence of your message.
Keep up the good work and look forward to your next book.
Peter Lee, General Manager, Peerless Asia Pacific
We invited Manoj to our Regional office for Lunch n Learn session. We walked away enlightened, enriched and energised from his talk. I received great feed backs from my team members too, who received fabulous take ways. Thanks for taking your time and sharing with us. For me, it was certainly interesting, intriguing and insightful.
Inside the cover:
Manoj Vasudevan presents an integrated and innovative working model to position you to be the leader others will admire and follow. Packed with practical leadership strategies, techniques and tips, this book will equip you to
About the Author:
Manoj is an internationally respected leadership coach, management consultant and communications expert. He holds an MBA from Imperial College London. Manoj has over 21 years experience with many major MNC clients in Asia, Australia, USA and Europe. He has coached individuals from 27 nationalities including C-Level Executives, Senior Executives, Bureaucrats, Management Consultants, Celebrities, UN diplomats, Sales Teams and professionals.
Manoj is currently the CEO of Thought Expressions and the Managing director of XB5 Consulting. In 2015, Manoj was crowned World Number Three at the World Championship of Public Speaking Las Vegas, ranking him amongst the top three competitive speakers worldwide among a pool of 35,000 aspirants from 135 countries. Manoj has spoken in several cities across the world with sessions that are eye-opening, engaging, energizing and entertaining.
Manoj is also the co-author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller in Public Speaking “World Class Speaking in Action” and the author of “Nervous to Fabulous: 7 steps to mastery in any field of your choice”.
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Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: As Many Minds
ISBN: 978-981-11-0076-5 Paperback / Softcover
Product Dimensions: 5.83 x 0.6 x 8.27 inches
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Manoj Vasudevan’s TED -like talk at NTU Convention (October 2015)
Manoj Vasudevan’s Closing Keynote at Project Management Institute Leadership Symposium (March 2015)