Real-Time Leadership

Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High

David Noble, Carol Kauffman

Publisher: Harvard Business School, 2023, 274 pages

ISBN: 978-1-64782-393-1

Keywords: Leadership

Last modified: Feb. 25, 2023, 12:16 p.m.

The best leaders, in The biggest moments, know how to read the situation, respond in the most effective way possible, and move forward. You can, too.

The hardest part of leadership is mastering the inevitable high-risk, high-stakes challenges you will face. Whether you're making a split-second decision when your business is knocked sideways or you're finding the best strategy to navigate business-critical long-term circumstances, how can you be in peak form in those most crucial moments?

Leadership coaching legends David Noble and Carol Kauffman show you how with their innovative new framework-MOVE — which equips you with the tactics you need to slow down high-stakes situations before they speed you up. You'll learn to master the moment, generate response options, and quickly evaluate those options before acting. As you get better and better at using the framework, you'll find you can recognize these moments as they arrive, like a great athlete who can read the field as a play unfolds or a great conductor who anticipates what's needed to deliver a great performance.

Noble and Kauffman bring decades of experience coaching thousands of leaders, along with a deep base of research, to show why their unique two-on-one coaching method works and how it's done. The MOVE framework comes to life in these pages through the personal stories of real leaders Jiving through their own crucible moments. Real-Time Leadership is a compelling and demystifying look at how the MOVE framework delivered positive results for them — and how it can for you, too.

  • Introduction: Why MOVE?
    1. How to MOVE
  • MOVE: Be Mindfully Alert
    1. Create Space in Real Time
      …to overcome your reflexes when you need to
    2. Know what You Want to DO
      …to always aim at the right target
    3. Name Who You Want to Be
      …to build a stronger foundation
    4. Get Smart about People
      …to unlock their talent and achieve the most together
  • MOVE: Generate Options
    1. Find Four Ways to Win
      …to increase your odds of hitting your goals
    2. Be Who You Want to Be
      …to lead yourself first and model the way
    3. Unlock Talent around You
      …to be the best leader your people need
  • MOVE: Validate Your Vantage Point
    1. Check If You're Right
      …to see clearly and drive adVantage
  • MOVE: Engage and Effect Change
    1. Communicate Your Intent
      …to help your people know where to go and why
    2. Boost Your Signals
      …to drive change at scale
  • Move in a Big New Role
    1. Change Your Vantage Point
      …to chart your new world
    2. Do What Only You Can Do
      …to make the most of each moment
  • Move to Drive 10x Change
    1. Shoot for the Moon
      …to achieve more than you ever thought possible
    2. Scale New Heights
      …to follow through on your dreams
    3. MOVE strategically
      …to make the model work for you, not the reverse
  • Conclusion: Be Extraordinary
    …to lead in real time all the time