Sunday, May 08, 2011

Reagan's Journey

I am reading a new book on Ronald Reagan that just came out this week entitled Reagan's Journey: Lessons From a Remarkable Career. The author, Margot Morrell is a leadership expert who describes Reagan's journey from an "introverted boy" to "The Great Communicator." She highlights the strategies and tactics he used to become successful and "offers a model for leaders and managers in every walk of life."

Some advice from the book includes:
Keep in touch with your network of friends and supporters.

Maintain good relationships with opponents and rivals. You never know when you will need their help and cooperation.

Find a life partner or trusted confidant who is supportive of your goals and dreams. That person will be integral to your success.

Forge strategic alliances. Seek out business partners whose strengths and talents complement your abilities.

Surround yourself with positive and upbeat people who support your success.
Good advice.

Cross-posted at the PJ Tatler.



Blogger Zorro said...

He was also rather adept at infusing disarming wit and charm when fencing with his rivals in debates. Certainly he was no Johnny Carson, but definitely wittier than any current politicos.

12:02 PM, May 08, 2011  
Blogger Helen said...


The book addresses the way that he would tell jokes when confronted with a hostile crowd. It was disarming and often people would calm down enough to hear what he was actually saying, rather than judging him solely through the negative remarks in the media.

1:00 PM, May 08, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

Helen: I've seen video footage of him doing just that. And to this day, media has only sharpened its skills in that regard. News agencies are little more than professional character assassins for the enemy camp and damage control for the favored party.

OT: Happy Mother's Day!

1:05 PM, May 08, 2011  
Blogger Helen said...



4:28 PM, May 08, 2011  
Blogger Ern said...

You mean that "to crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women" wasn't the right advice?

5:17 PM, May 09, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does she really call him an introvert? It’s shocking to think Reagan could ever have been described that way. He seemed almost a text book extrovert. Student body president? Sportscaster? I can’t imagine his personality changed so radically. When?

She’d have to have some very compelling evidence to support a hypothesis so unusual.

8:07 PM, May 09, 2011  

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