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Book Review: ‘Running with Lions’ by Lee Martin

By 9th April 2019 July 30th, 2019 Leadership Skills Tips

Running With Lions: About the Book

There is a lack of practical management books that provide real advice and help, especially for new managers.  In ‘Running With Lions’, author, Lee Martin, provides the reader with just that by providing scenarios and themes that managers encounter, and as such is a useful coach/mentor for those everyday transactions.

Running with Lions, Book Cover

Clear and Concise Management Tips

The format of ‘Running With Lions’ is simple: a picture accompanied by a quote on the left page, with a topic and running guide on the right which presents the issue and offers practical advice. The topic outlines each element of management or concept, followed by helpful tips and insight. This is well executed and is clear and concise. Outward reference to other text helps provides validity about the guidance provided.

Consult as Issues Arise

There is a difference between ‘guides’ and ‘books’, and Lee does a skilful job of not mixing the two.

The point of ‘Running with Lions’ is not to read the book all at once but instead pick it up and consult as issues materialise. It serves as a reminder that whatever you are facing as a manager, others are too.  An example of this is around difficult conversations, which Lee covers with a contemporary view on transactional analysis.  Naming the section ‘make it adult to adult’, it offers clear and concise information on possible actions to take.

In some areas, it can leave the reader wanting more, but this could simply be a clever prompt to encourage the reader to research deeper.

30:10:5 Reading Rule

Reflection and Opportunity

As a useful guide, ‘Running With Lions’ is true to its initial premise.  It doesn’t tell or lecture; instead, it offers the reader useful advice and small habit changing pieces of knowledge for them to consider and to adopt.

The book offers points of reflection and is an opportunity to think about managerial and leadership scenarios faced by many.  Both new and experienced managers will gain good insight from reading this guide.  For further insights into leadership, I would recommend reading ‘Microleadership’ by Haydn Bratt.


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About Will Clement

Will Clement is an organisational development manager in the NHS. Will’s main aim is to create contemporary learning that bring theory into practice. Will delivers with breath taking honesty and compassion - while having fun in the process. His work is centred on understanding individuals, helping them deploy their strengths. Like most things in Will’s life, his approach is powerful, simple and effective. He is a highly engaging and thought-provoking speaker. A no nonsense, back to basics approach, which draws on 20 years training and management experience. His work encourages individuals to seize the opportunity, enjoy relationships, succeed at work and learn how to respond to adverse situations with a positive approach. Will has worked in public, private and education sectors, including the Royal Mail, Leeds Met University, the AA plc and the NHS. Will holds a BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Development and a Masters In Business Administration (MBA) from York St John University.

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