Shift: The Essence of Leadership

I have been thinking for some time about writing a book on leadership. I initially wanted to call it Leadership 2.0, based on a popular blog post I had written. In fact, I often speak on this topic. The basic thesis is that the Web 2.0 has changed the expectations of those who are led. As a result, leaders cannot lead in quite the same way that they did, say, twenty years ago.

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However, my friend, John Saddington, suggested that the whole “2.0 thing” was already passé. I thought about “Leadership 3.0,” but that seemed contrived. So I decided to start from scratch.

As a result, I have been thinking about alternative book titles for the past several weeks. I have developed a recent bias toward one-word titles, such as Linchpin, Switch, and Rework. This has forced me to try and distill the essence of the topic and summarize it in one word. The word I have chosen is Shift.

This seems like the right metaphor—at least for what I want to communicate about leadership. My rationale is that leaders exist for the sake of creating shift. This is their primary work. If you are happy with the status quo, you don’t need a leader. But the moment you want something to change—to shift—that’s when you need to bring in a leader.

Shift has three different components:

  1. A shift in direction. Like steering a car onto a different road, effective leaders shift the trajectory of the organization. They determine the destination and then decide the best way to get there. The first task is vision; the second is strategy. And they always come in that order.
  2. A shift in velocity. Like changing the speed of a car, effective leaders adjust the velocity of the organization. They may let off the gas to slow down and gain clarity. Or they might step on the gas to arrive at the destination sooner. Regardless, they are sensitive to how fast the organization is moving. They adjust their speed in order to get the organization to its chosen destination quickly but safely.
  3. A shift in efficiency. Like the transmission in a car, effective leaders now how to make efficient use of their resources. It is possible to get from point A to point B with just a steering wheel and an accelerator. But a transmission makes it possible to get there faster and with fewer resources. Good leaders always have one hand on the stick shift, always looking for the most efficient way to get the job done.
  4. I am planning to use these components as the basic structure of the book. Each one will be a section comprised of several chapters. The next step is to start outlining those chapters.

    By the way, I am aware that there are several other books with this same title. However, none are about leadership. Titles can’t be copyrighted, so it’s not a problem.

    Question: Does this title work for you? What would you suggest as a subtitle?
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  • http://www.facebook.com/paulwalker71 Paul Walker

    It works for me (awesome image BTW)

    Just based on your summary I'm ready to pre-order from Amazon for my Kindle ;)
    My recent post The loneliness of the long distance church leader

  • http://www.lisarosendahl.com Lisa Rosendahl

    Good Morning, I like the title – it implies decisiveness, intentional action. Shifts can be like shifting gears as you described in your post or larger, not reversible like shifts in the earth. I don't have a sub title suggestion for you (yet) but maybe something that sets the stage for the shifts you are talking about: controllable, correctable, intentional, fowward moving. Will you explore the source ofor the impetus for the shifts? It will be fun to follow along as you write Shift.
    My recent post Ready to React? Hit Pause.

  • http://www.noblepurposeministries.org Dan Nobles

    Not sure that 'Shift' is an accurate synonym for leadership. Sometimes we must shift (as in change gears) to provide speed or torque to the team, but we may need to provide stable direction and encouragement at other times. Have you considered "Trim Tabs?" The small rudder attached to the trailing edge of a large ship rudder. The trim tab adds to the overall stability to maintain the ship's course, but it provides guidance and breaks the resistance of the water to help the larger rudder steer the ship to new directions when change is desired. Just a thought. What are some other options for your book title?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      The general rule in publishing is that if a metaphor requires too much explanation, it won't work. I think Trim Tabs would fall in this category. While it is interesting, I have never heard of it.

      At this point, I don't have any other viable titles.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/MikeHolmes MikeHolmes

    I was wondering how long before I see a leadership book from you. I cant wait to read it!
    My recent post How to Lead After a Great Leader

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I can't wait to read it either. It's that dang writing part that is the challenge!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    I like the title, Michael. I'm sure you have seen the popular Nissan commercials using the word shift. They always use a underscore and a word after it. Something like that for your leadership book would work well.

    Book Title: Shift: Accelerate Your Leadership
    Chapter 1: Shift: Alignment
    Chapter 2: Shift: Accountability
    Chapter 3: Shift: Influence
    Etc-Etc-Etc
    Finish up with Shift: Overdrive
    If you use something like this, you'll have a powerful title structure that is focused and to the point. And to launch the book you'll need to give away something that really accelerates…
    I can't wait to see what that is! :-)

    My recent post Social Media: Set Up A Twitter Account

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      John, these are awesome suggestions! (I watch very little TV, so I haven't seen the Nissan commercials. I'll have to find them on YouTube.)

      • http://ginasgreenpastures.blogspot.com/ Gina

        Great title Michael and love the chapter title suggestions John. Even as a female whose complete understanding of cars is that they need gas in the tank, air in the tires, and look better when washed–I get your metaphor.

        My recent post Hog Wild

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/ronlane Ron Lane

      I like that suggestion John. That is creative.

      Michael, if you play your cards right, then you can have this one written for you like John Maxwell did his last book.

      My recent post Self-Improvement: What’s the big deal?

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/marshalljonesjr Marshall Jones Jr.

      Yes, I like John's suggestions. The chapter breakdown like that is fantastic.

      At first, though, I didn't like the title. Seth Godin's worked for me because Linchpin, Meatball Sundae, or Purple Cow (not necessarily one word) create curiosity. Shift doesn't for me. (Neither did Blink or Switch, though.)

      Also, one of the benefits of the common, one word title is that your book can jump to mind in everyday conversation. For example, every time I hear "remarkable" now, I think of Godin (and that's not even one of his titles).

      I worry that "Shift" might not be unique/remarkable enough to carry that link from your book to everyday conversation. To me, it seems difficult to really own that word. And if you don't own it, it's just another word, not a remarkable word, and the title feels like just another title, not a remarkable title.

      Just my initial thoughts, though. A strong subtitle might make all the difference. And again, John's suggestions warmed me up a little more. Looking forward to seeing how this works out.

      -Marshall Jones Jr.

      P. S. What about "Shifter" or a synonym that implies the same thing ("gearstick" or "shift stick" come to mind but might not go in the right direction)? It doesn't work for the chapter suggestion, but it's less common and creates a stronger picture.
      My recent post “You’re not a Christian if…” (Part 2)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stephanieinlex stephanieinlex

    I'm happy to hear there will be a book summarizing your visionary leadership concepts. I was just chatting about with friends on Monday night over dinner about your recent posts on leadership. The title "Shift" is concise, both culturally relevant and descriptive of the concept, and hard-hitting/memorable.

  • AScott

    This is one of my favorite parts of writing – title selection! Given your explanation, I think the title works. You've created a metaphor that's easy to follow. For a subtitle, you'll obviously need something that is more descriptive. My suggestions – "Leadership from Homeostasis through Change" or "Leadership Strategies for Breaking Free From the Status Quo". Sounds like it will be an interesting read!

  • Wisdomcalls

    I really like the title! It also brings to mind the idea of helping people (or organizations) "shift" one or more positions along their continuum of growth. If we can influence this "shift" then we have made a positive impact. I like the first two categories, but I admit, I am struggling a bit with the third. Perhaps the portion of the book designated toward best utilizing resources (both human and otherwise) could go under the Velocity section. I'm not sure it deserves it's own category. Just a thought. Overall, it sounds like a very useful book.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. I have specific content in mind for the third category, but I'll see how it fleshes itself out.

  • Juan

    Hi Mike,
    I like the Title Shift – as a leader as your pointed out, you need to have:
    Vision – Where are going? Strategy- Why are we going?
    Tactics/Management – How are we going? At What speed? How soon? What is the timeframe?
    Manage for results.– Efficiency, Get things done, Move all the organization like one entity. How to get things done? Are measuring for results? Or it's another great paper plan, in frames but nothing down.
    And at every point (e.g. Crisis, Structural & Ciclycal Changes, New Normal, etc) there has to be a Shift and that change has to come from the Top to Down. The buck stops at the top.

  • Wisdomcalls

    Shift: Get your Leadership in Gear

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Great subtitle!

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gunfighter3w Geoff Webb
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  • http://www.jodyfransch.com Jody Fransch

    Mike, I’m so excited about your new book. Can’t wait for it to come out! After reading your blog and being blessed by your insights for almost a year…I can just imagine what the book will be like.

  • http://craigtowens.com Craig T. Owens

    I like the title and the mental image of Shift. This puts the responsibilities of a leader in better perspective. I think many view the leaders as drivers, but I think the picture of shifter is more apropros. Can’t wait to read the finished product!

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/childrensministryandculture Larry Shallenberger

    I like the title. I wonder if too many others like it too. An amazon search reveals a few leadership books, a family ministry book, and a spirituality book with the same name.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I don't think that's a problem.

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/childrensministryandculture Larry Shallenberger

        Then giddyup. Its a strong metaphor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    I like it. When I read this post I kept thinking about SHIFT having an undercurrent of momentum. Movement. Qualities a leader needs to generate it and sustain it. Thinking with the end in mind of what the end result of direction, velocity, and efficiency actually create…

    Side note… from your 2.0 thoughts… will this book also bring in some flavor of leadership transparency and engagement? How leadership has changed in those ways?

    Off the top of my head without a great deal of thought, here are a few random title / subtitle ideas:

    Shift: A Guide to Effective Leadership
    Shift: How to Become an Effective Leader
    Shift: How to Become a Next Level Leader
    Shift: Leading Beyond the Status Quo
    Shift: How to Be a Better Leader
    Shift: How to Create Movement, Momentum and Change
    Shift: How to Attain Leadership Excellence
    Shift: What great leaders do (and how you can do it too).

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      GREAT subtitle suggestions, Daniel. I also like your comment about the undercurrent of momentum.

      I definitely plan to bring the 2.0 thoughts into this. In fact, the primary reason we need to shift is because the terrain keeps shifting!

      • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

        So it's not just about HOW we shift but also about WHY we must. In response to a changing world and in some ways a changing context of leadership. SHIFT being what we must do to drive forward, to pull ahead… or get left behind.

        I also agree with Lindsay above about being careful though not to overuse the car metaphor. It certainly works but could be more powerful if used lightly (obviously you know that but just sayin). :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gunfighter3w Geoff Webb

    Solid thesis (Leaders exist for the sake of creating shift). Haven't seen anything from that angle, but I buy it 100%.

    My first subtitle thought was "Shift: The Art of Precision Leadership" but I think "Get your Leadership in Gear" keeps it more fun.

    My recent post 10 Tips for Becoming an Authentic Leader

  • http://www.jeffstockdale.com Jeffery Stockdale

    Looking forward to the book, I always love insight on leading!

  • http://www.infinitequeso.com/ Stephanie N.

    Hi Michael,
    I love the idea of you writing a book on leadership!
    But my main concern about your "Shift" title/theme is: It reminds me of the 2006 Nissan ad campaign.
    http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/06/30/013
    I remember it because my church did a sermon series based on it, too.
    My recent post What Is The Cost Of 'Cost Of Disciplehip?' Free!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I not heard of the ad series until John pointed about it above. I don't think it's a problem, certainly not from a copyright point-of-view. Plus it was 2006, which is pretty long ago. Are there other concerns you have about the association? Thanks.

      • http://www.infinitequeso.com/ Stephanie N.

        My concern lies in the unfortunate trend of those of us within the American Christian culture co-opting secular slogans, sometimes well after they have passed their prime. (For example, I agree with your friend as to the passé nature of “2.0”) As believers, I feel we have a greater burden to be creative and original.
        My recent post What Is The Cost Of 'Cost Of Disciplehip?' Free!

  • http://www.theREALrachelrowell.com Rachel Rowell

    I love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. I’ll definitely be fi

  • http://www.theREALrachelrowell.com Rachel Rowell

    I love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. I’ll definitely be first in line for it. Now, you better get to writing! ;)

  • http://deliverbliss.com Tim Sanchez

    I like the title. It’s abstract enough to make you read the subtitle.

    I’m kind of stumped on a subtitle, but maybe something like, “How a New Generation of Leaders are Changing the Rules.”

    Other ideas:
    Leadership for a Whole New World
    A Leadership Guide for a Fast-Paced Generation
    The New Rules of Leadership in an Information Economy
    How Great Leaders make Organizations Change Course, Gain Speed, and Become more Efficient

    I’ll post again if I think of anything good. I look forward to the book!

  • http://www.theREALrachelrowell.com Rachel Rowell

    I love it! I can’t wait to read the book. I’ll definitely be first in line to buy

  • Lindsey

    I will be one of the rare dissenters. I think "Shift" communicates clearly and it works for what you are trying to do but I think that car metaphors are so overused. I think your leadership book will be excellent, don't get me wrong. But, based on your previous desire to use Leadership 2.0 to communicate how we can't lead "the same way they did, say, 20 years ago" and then to end up with a metaphor that is overused and from the past… it just doesn't work for me. That's just my thoughts for what it's worth!

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/ronlane Ron Lane

      Lindsey, I understand what you are saying about overused, but think of it this way. In the late 80's or early 90's, Chevrolet completely redesigned the look of it's pickups inside and out. It was a radical change in looks and feel, but it was still a Chevy truck none the less.

      Michael is going to write about leadership and even if it is a radical new idea it is still leadership none the less.

      My recent post Self-Improvement: What’s the big deal?

    • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

      That's my problem too… especially with the recommendations I threw out there.^^ I wonder if there's some other kind of gear shift metaphor that doesn't relate to cars but could still work. If someone could find that, that's where I'd go.

      -Marshall Jones Jr.

  • Tracy

    How about placing and emphasis on the fact that leadership is not "static" but must be "dynamic "- or "marked by continuous change or activity," as defined by the American Heritage dictionary. Thus my suggestion is Shift: The Dynamics of Leadership.

    Mr. Hyatt, your blog is very transparent about the challenges you have faced in this area and how your thinking and your leadership has shifted recently with in your core responsibilities changing at Thomas Nelson several months ago. I wish you well as you undertake all aspects of the project.

  • John D

    If I were browsing a shelf, I’m not sure that I would have any clue that “Shift” was a book about leadership. I’d also be a little scared to write a book whose one-word title begins with “shi” and ends with “t” because I’m sure that it will be better than *that*.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Think of the bumper sticker possibilities: “Shift Happens.” ;-)

      • Bianca

        hahahaha! love it! you should send one with every book! lol

  • http://www.concretejunglemarketing.com Kim Cook

    How about "making the shift happen in your organization"? :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    This is a little off topic, but I've been thinking a lot about this. Our world is always changing with new understandings causing great growth in many different realms (science, business, leadership, etc.). However, how many of us are stuck on the "Christian" understandings that are centuries old? I appreciate your willingness to be in the front of the leadership changes, and I am praying that believers in Christ will re-evaluate what they believe. The unwillingness to "shift gears" can hamper the message of God's absolute love–a message with the power to change our world forever.
    My recent post #33 THE DOING OF BELIEVING: FAITH (1)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JenniferLKing JenniferLKing

    Michael,

    I vote with the rest of the people leaving comments– wonderful title with a great visual parallel! Obviously, you'll be able to create mental pictures with the one very strong word, SHIFT.

    This subtitle came to mind: SHIFT: Achieving Leadership Balance in a Wired World

    –assuming you'll be integrating your broad technology platform with your leadership wisdom.

    Godspeed in your writing and leading!

    -Jennifer King

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I love the wired angle. I am definitely going to cover the tech aspects—and implications.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/selectrealtors Dave

    You hit the nail on the head – those who don't shift will find themselves with no one to lead.

    Our Chairman, Gary Keller, understood this and researched leaders in the real estate industry for his 2009 book . . . SHIFT. The recent limited edition hardcover version included an ebook "Soci@l" which included leadership and lead generation tactics for social media.
    Here's a link: http://www.millionairesystems.com/msys/shift.html

    I thought Gary used a good approach in his simple format of 12 Tactics where a shift in thinking and action were needed.
    Good luck with the writing!
    Dave
    My recent post New and Improved!

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/selectrealtors Dave

    You hit the nail on the head – those who don't shift will find themselves with no one to lead.

    Our Chairman, Gary Keller, understood this and researched leaders in the real estate industry for his 2009 book . . . SHIFT. The recent limited edition hardcover version included an ebook "Soci@l" which included leadership and lead generation tactics for social media.
    Here's a link: http://www.millionairesystems.com/msys/shift.html

    I thought Gary used a good approach in his simple format of 12 Tactics where a shift in thinking and action were needed.
    Good luck with the writing!
    Dave
    My recent post New and Improved!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I need to get this book and have a look. It sounds fascinating.

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/selectrealtors Dave

        Hang tight – you'll have it tomorrow . . .
        My recent post New and Improved!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

          Awesome! Thank you very much.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/KNicholls KNicholls

    I love the title. As for subtitles, I think there are some great ones already suggested. After I read Linchpin (on suggestion from your blog, by the way), I had such an eye opening about the changes in the world and some understanding of some of the recent happenings in my previous company. If we don't learn to shift and do things differently, we won't survive these changes. I look forward to reading this!

  • http://twitter.com/Chew_Keng_Sheng @Chew_Keng_Sheng

    Being a physician, the word 'shift' conjures up the image of antigenic shift versus antigenic drift. Shift refers to a more aggressive change, whereas drift refers to a more gradual, subtle change over a natural course of time. The recent H1N1 influenza is an antigenic shift. So, naturally the question is: Can leadership 3.0 able to sets off a radical, seismic shift? After all, leadership is about influence. It is about being contagious, being infectious! So, maybe an alternative title suggestion for you would be: Shift or Drift?
    My recent post Communication Skills

  • http://twitter.com/Chew_Keng_Sheng @Chew_Keng_Sheng

    Being a physician, the word 'shift' conjures up the image of antigenic shift versus antigenic drift. Shift refers to a more aggressive change, whereas drift refers to a more gradual, subtle change over a natural course of time. The recent H1N1 influenza is an antigenic shift. So, naturally the question is: Can leadership 3.0 able to sets off a radical, seismic shift? After all, leadership is about influence. It is about being contagious, being infectious! So, maybe an alternative title suggestion for you would be: Shift or Drift?
    My recent post Communication Skills

  • http://twitter.com/Chew_Keng_Sheng @Chew_Keng_Sheng

    Being a physician, the word 'shift' conjures up the image of antigenic shift versus antigenic drift. Shift refers to a more aggressive change, whereas drift refers to a more gradual, subtle change over a natural course of time. The recent H1N1 influenza is an antigenic shift. So, naturally the question is: Can leadership 3.0 able to sets off a radical, seismic shift? After all, leadership is about influence. It is about being contagious, being infectious! So, maybe an alternative title suggestion for you would be: Shift or Drift?
    My recent post Communication Skills

  • http://twitter.com/Chew_Keng_Sheng @Chew_Keng_Sheng

    Being a physician, the word 'shift' conjures up the image of antigenic shift versus antigenic drift. Shift refers to a more aggressive change, whereas drift refers to a more gradual, subtle change over a natural course of time. The recent H1N1 influenza is an antigenic shift. So, naturally the question is: Can leadership 3.0 able to sets off a radical, seismic shift? After all, leadership is about influence. It is about being contagious, being infectious! So, maybe an alternative title suggestion for you would be: Shift or Drift?
    My recent post Communication Skills

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think you have made a really important distinction. Drift happens on its own. Shift is caused. I actually wrote about this in a post called, “Shift the Drift.” Thanks.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think you have made a really important distinction. Drift happens on its own. Shift is caused. I actually wrote about this in a post called, “Shift the Drift.” Thanks.

    • Wisdomcalls

      Great Point!

  • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com WomenLivingWell

    No way! I JUST got an email today from a lady reading my blog. She said that since she has been following my blog she has seen a SHIFT in her home. Her attitude is more cheerful, she and her husband are getting along better and things are just going more smoothly.

    In the email – the word SHIFT jumped off the page at me and I thought – hooray – that's my goal – as I lead women I hope for there to be a shift in their homes for more joy and peace. And now you are talking about this very word!

    I can't wait to read your book – though it's more geared at an organization – I share your goal! To see a shift in marriages around the world and to stamp out bitter and grumpy wives! lol!
    Courtney
    http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

    My recent post My Greatest Teacher

  • Lissa Raines

    Can't wait to read it! Thanks for your practical insights.

    Possible sub-titles:
    Shift: The Essence of Great Leadership (taken from your blog title; you could plug in various adjectives: successful, dynamic, creative, etc.)
    Shift: Leadership that Makes a Difference
    Shift: Ultimate Leadership
    Shift: Become a 21st Century Leader
    Shift: Guidelines for Successful Leadership

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for these suggestions. They are great “grist for the mill.”

  • http://www.tikesbestfriend.wordpress.com Tim Dahl

    The title works fine. I hope that you put a section of practical application at the end of each chapter. If nothing else, let us know what each shift looks like from a variety of examples. That can help our own creative juices flowing as we think about the shifts needed in our own areas.

    Thanks for writing!

    Tim
    My recent post Mary Poppins, Jolly Holiday…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I envision compelling illustrations, lots of practical application, and a few appropriate sidebars.

  • Dale Schaeffer

    I like the title…I don't have to think about it to understand where you're going with the rest of the book so that's good….only hang up is the potential for jokes that drop the "f" in shift…seriously, we almost named our student ministry "shift" and that was a deal breaker for student ministry.

    Also, have you read "The Practice of Adaptive Leadership" by Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky? Great book on shifting as leaders.
    My recent post Velocity Conference 2010 – Rick Warren notes

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lucy.Ann.Moll Lucy Ann Moll

    Shift is an excellent title. You go, guy.

    Your metaphor is manly. You already know this. If you want to engage women leaders too include a latte cup holder. No, make that two cup holders. She'll have a girlfriend flying the freeway with her.

    My recent post Perfectionist? No Way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lucy.Ann.Moll Lucy Ann Moll

    Shift is an excellent title. You go, guy.

    Your metaphor is manly. You already know this. If you want to engage women leaders too include a latte cup holder. No, make that two cup holders. She'll have a girlfriend flying the freeway with her.

    My recent post Perfectionist? No Way!

  • http://twitter.com/Lana_Vaughan @Lana_Vaughan

    It really fits. I've felt a shift coming for a while. It's like an era has passed and a new era is beginning but not with a sudden jerk but a smooth shift.

    When will it be available as a Vook? Love that new format. It might replace my ereader but I doubt it.

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  • http://www.cedarbrookchurch.net Remy Diederich

    Great metaphor…. speaks volumes.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I thought so, too!

  • Dan

    Mike… I think "Shift" engages well the topic as well as what is going on in many businesses today. It's about leadership, outcome, marketing, how consumers are responding and so much more. I think you've landed on a much more engaging and thought-provoking title than Leadership 2.0 or 3.0. Those both sound much more expected. I'm looking forward to reading this on the iPad!
    My recent post Thank You Facebook….

  • Mandee Mays

    Love it!
    Just brainstorming a few subtitles:
    Leadership in the Internet Era
    How the Web Has Changed the Essence of Leadership
    A New Expectation for Leaders

    I like Wisdomcalls' suggestion: Get Your Leadership in Gear

  • http://www.facebook.com/marklrussell Mark Russell

    Subtitle: Getting Leadership into High Gear

  • http://thelifeofmisty.blogspot.com misty gilbert

    I have enjoyed reading you thoughts, comments, insight and reflections on Leadership. You have some good things and getting them in a book format will be an exciting and rewarding read. Not sure I like the title “Shift”, but hey its your call…get it going and I will buy! I agree that the 2.0 or 3.0 idea has been used a lot, so come up with something new. Best Wishes at your project!

  • Kit Palmer

    Like the title…love the concept of the book. Looking forward to it!

  • http://twitter.com/KarynBrownlee @KarynBrownlee

    Fabulous! I like the subtitle you used for this post. Shift must happen within the leader's own paradigm and behavior in order to cause movement within the organization s/he leads. It is the essence of leadership.
    My recent post Have you always been a Christian?

  • http://www.billheroman.com Bill

    Hey, Michael. As always, thanks for blogging. Here’s my

    LeaderSHIFT

    italicize the capital SHIFT

    add the subtitle about gears

    The F is almost a P, you’ve still got a one word title, and the slanted letters could lend themselves to all kinds of speed effects for the cover art, if your art dept. can get use that to communicate ‘motion’ instead of ‘speed’

    Alas – I just googled – it’s also taken. But you may still find this interesting: site link

    Again, thanks for consistently sharing such helpful and personal thoughts online.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I came up with that too, only to discover it was taken. Bummer. It's very clever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kevin.Agot Kevin Agot

    I like this title much better: LEAD

  • Dean Nelson

    Great title…powerfully succinct.
    Subtitle suggestions:
    The Continuity of Change/The New Continuity of Change/Navigating the Continuity of Change…..or something of the like.
    I believe that many are hoping the relative predictability and order of the past will soon return, however, it is quite unlikely to happen.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    Perfect!

  • Steve Laube

    There are two books on leadership that have "shift" in their wording. I know it is not a one-to-one comparison, but it is instructive to note the similarity in metaphor:
    LEADERSHIFT: Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Mass Collaboration by Emmanuel Gobillot (Kogan: 2009)
    and
    EXPERIENCING LEADERSHIFT: Letting Go of Leadership Heresies by Don Cousins (Cook: 2008)

    Otherwise the title works well. I disagree that the analogy is overused. Shifting doesn't necessarily have to mean a car's gear shift.
    We shift position when uncomfortable in a chair.
    The earth shifts when the tetonic plates move (aka: an earthquake)

    The word "change" is the one overused, and not just because of its theme in the '08 election.

    As a leader you rare ask for radical changes, unless you have to dismantle a dysfunctional division. Instead you are asking for a shift, a new direction, a new paradigm.

    Hope that helps.

  • http://twitter.com/loisgeller @loisgeller

    I'm glad you're writing a book, Chris…and I'll buy some, for sure.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Great. I’ll mark you down for one!

  • http://twitter.com/javid21 @javid21

    I like it…get going and write the book so it can be on Booksneeze and I could blog on it:-))
    thanks for what you do Michael

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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      That made me laugh out loud!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aboynamedtracy aboynamedtracy

    I like the title and I also like how you associate it with driving. I especially like the concept of slowing down sometime. Leadership is not always full speed ahead. I look forward to seeing how this concept progresses.
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Slowing down is almost heretical, but it is sometimes necessary. This is where we have to exercise some common sense.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/adventuresinhim Andy

    Great post and idea for the book. I like the title also. As for a subtitle you could follow with the driving examples you are using. Since a majority of people drive this is a great reference point for all who would read it. My 2 cents on the title/subtitle: Shift: A Leadership (or Leaders) Driving Guide. Can't wait to see this come.

    • Wisdomcalls

      I like this train of thought. It's like an Owner's Manual for Leaders.

      • http://adventuresinhim.wordpress.com Andy

        It only makes since to me. Also,’Change’ has become as passe as ‘2.0’. Shift is better terminology.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/ronlane Ron Lane

    "If you are happy with the status quo, you don’t need a leader. But the moment you want something to change—to shift—that’s when you need to bring in a leader." I really like this quote Michael. It is so true. I like the title of the book and will look forward to reading more about it and ultimately the book itself.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/ronlane Ron Lane

    "If you are happy with the status quo, you don’t need a leader. But the moment you want something to change—to shift—that’s when you need to bring in a leader." I really like this quote Michael. It is so true. I like the title of the book and will look forward to reading more about it and ultimately the book itself.

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  • Matt

    Great post, I'm looking forward to your new book. It's ironic, Mac just wrote a blog post about a similar metaphor of a car, except he was comparing it to your values instead of leadership. Same ideas, though.
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  • http://www.ragamuffinpc.com PC

    I don’t care what you call it. I just want to read it.

    That being said, I also love the quote that Ron highlighted. It stuck out most for me.

    So…

    possible subtitles might be:

    – “leadership geared for change”
    – “dislodging the status quo”
    – “recalibrating leadership”

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Excellent. Thanks for your creative input.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AndrewComings AndrewComings

    Not quite sure why that posted twice…sorry.
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  • http://progressforge.com/ Mark Mathson

    Great title choice. I'd stick with it.

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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I think I will.

  • http://coachherbie.wordpress.com Simon Herbert

    Stoked to read that you are writing a book on leadership!

    Subtitle? What about ‘SHIFT:Driving Leadership to a New Horizon’?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input, Simon. Excellent.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gwalter Gary Walter

    That's great!

    I love this quote:
    "If you are happy with the status quo, you don’t need a leader. But the moment you want something to change—to shift—that’s when you need to bring in a leader."


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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AverageJoe AverageJoe

    The title's great, and I love the concept of the book! I am anxiously awaiting the final product!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AndrewComings AndrewComings

    Not quite sure why that posted twice…sorry.
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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/lukeionacademy Cynthia C. Cutright

    I love it! I hate when football or other sport metaphors are used because I don't know anything about the sport but the car metaphor really works. Admittedly, I am a car buff, especially muscle cars, but everyone has been in a vehicle and has a basic understanding of them.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/mitchebie Mitch Ebie

    I completely agree with the shift in efficiency. Give me enough steel, time and man-power and I could build a bridge over anything, but the point is to build that bridge with the least amount of steel, time and man-power. The only way to do that is by using your brain….that's where efficiency comes from.

  • http://twitter.com/mattedmundson @mattedmundson

    The title is good (although I would work on the image). For me, though, it comes down to what's your sub title that goes with this?

    Might want to look at your metaphor too as it may not translate that well internationalyy – in the UK, for example, we don't "shift" gears – we change them. We don't have a shift stick (it's a gear stick).

    Hope that helps, and I look forward to reading it!
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  • http://www.emmanuelgobillot.com Emmanuel Gobillot

    Hi Michael

    I did indeed write a book called leadershift as pointed out by steve in his note to you. I obviously do like the ideas embedded in the word shift (obviously!). I thought I would let you know that as the book was focusing along similar lines as yours I decided to crowdsource the tile and used namethis.com to help me out (you may want to check it out its cheap and suggestions were brilliant). Good luck with the book and I look forward to reading it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Leadershift is a fabulous title. I have never heard of NameThis.com, but you can bet I will check it out! Thanks.

  • http://liveaquietlife.blogspot.com Joyce Harback

    The metaphor of a car is so stereotypically male.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      It sounds like you are stereotyping males. Not every male I know cares about cars. Not every female I know doesn’t car.

  • MIchelle

    I actually love it! And I'm sitting here completely in tune with the 3 points you make and thinking of how our team works. Good stuff!!! I think your "essence of leadership" is subtitle enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidmoore.me David Moore

    Michael. look forward to your book. I love the concept behind SHIFT. We are actually have a conference May 27 closely related to your subject matter in Greenville, NC called SHIFT. Check out CityShift.org and @cityshift.
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  • Dave Tucker

    I like it and I think you next two books could be called Drive and Overdrive. You could have a chapter that says Shift Happens….. well actually it doesn't happen, you have to make it happen… Just a thought, not saying it is a good thought but just a thought.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/daveanthold daveanthold

    Wow – great title – it sums up what your vision is and what you strive to do – always pushing yourself and others to their best.

    As for the subtitle – Next Level Leadership Gears

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    • Diane Marie Shaw

      I like the title Shift.
      Having been on a church staff for over eleven years I will speak for the business of ministry. People forget that ministry must also be run like a business or it will fail. Jesus even said that the people of this world are wiser than the children of light.
      There must be a continual shifting in ministry as well as business. Of course that shifting is done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit but it still must happen.

  • http://www.lauraclick.com Laura Click

    I like the word "shift" and what it conveys. I think that you're on the right track with this one. I agree that a subtitle is key for a book like this. While a one word title can be an attention-grabber, it needs further explanation.

    How about this: "Shift – The Driving Force of Leaders"

    Or, what about simply calling it "Leadership Shift"? That communicates how leadership has changed (i.e. Leadership 2.0) in addition to how leaders shift thinking, direction, etc.

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  • Bianca

    i like it. Great article!….excited about the book! All the subtitle suggestions sound great! The only one i can think of is:

    Shift: Gearing up your leadership

    …;) Happy Writing!

  • http://4u2live.com Peter Eleazar

    I love your vulnerability. I also like Shift, but I sense you are still wary of it being an already used name. I have faced similar issues personally and I once advised a large bank to look for a one word strap line, rather than what had become a well-worn pattern of three worders. Shift certainly says it all, but it does have one connotation – to continue doing what you are doing, i.e. shift to a higher gear. That, to me, is a conflicting idea, for you cannot continue doing the same thing and still expect a different outcome.

  • Damon McDaniel

    Shift – Leaders in the Fast Lane

  • Alan

    Love the title. But hey, I'm biased. Leadership and motorsports are two of my hobbies. If you're going to pursue the driving theme, I would recommend going to driving school. Seriously, besides being a boat-load of fun, there are significant leadership parallels that can be gleaned from the experience. Good luck!

  • http://truthforlifecoaching.wordpress.com/ Bridget Haymond

    I really like the title of SHIFT. I like the car metaphor with the shifting of gears to control or maintain proper speed, decrease speed or go into reverse to change direction.

    However, being a native Californian my mind also went to the SHIFT of tectonic plates, the force that produces earthquakes – not fun to go through, but the result of many beautiful mountains. A shift in perspective, position, procedure or people can often produce the same results.

    A possible subtitle could be “The Power and Potential of Leadership”

    I look forward to reading your book once it’s available!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/flexiture Monte

    I love the metaphor! Subtitle?: Change the Trajectory of your World.
    When can we pre-order?

  • http://twitter.com/heydluv @heydluv

    I'm studying Leadership & Organizational Change at school and all I want to say is that the title is PERFECT! I can't wait to read what you have to say because not only am I studying this topic at school, I also love learning about leadership for the benefit of my personal growth. Thanks!

  • http://jesusmovementblog.com Ed Underwood

    I've led firemen, soldiers, and Christians as a pastor. Not sure shift works for me. It's cool and memorable, but misrepresents the difficulty of courageous leadership. I think more of jump start. But maybe that's because my leadership challenges have been pretty severe.

  • http://www.kauz4unity.org Tiffany

    I love the book idea! Here's a suggestion– "Shift: Leadership in Action"…it could work! :)