This is one of the first books I read in the leadership or personal growth category. It was a great intro to that type of learning for me. For some, the teaching-by-parable approach may feel cheesy. I don’t mind it, though, so I enjoyed the book. That said, the concepts and lessons of this book are very easy and quick to consume and understand. That is to say, the story isn’t a necessity to consider the ideas. It’s one of the shortest books you’ll find on the topic, though. So I think it’s still worth the read even if parables aren’t really your thing.
There are three main things you’ll get from this book: considering and challenging assumed constraints, learing about what the authors call “points of power,” and the importance of being proactive. Additionally, the authors talk about how to use these things to take initiative when you’re not officially in charge.
This book is an easy recommendation for me. I believe everyone has something they can either learn or be reminded of in this short book. Ken Blanchard’s books are almost always short reads with a focus on a few key concepts. I’ve learned a lot from him and think you can too.
Note that I read the 2005 edition of this book. There’s an updated and revised version I’ll eventually read which may lead to me updating my notes below.