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Book Review: Tough Truths: The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About by Deidre Maloney

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Tough Truths – The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About by Deidre Maloney provides a sobering assessment of life at the top as a leader. Maloney explains that a great work ethic has to be combined with a multitude of relationships.

Another surprising finding is that success comes at a price because great leaders are a magnet for a variety of human responses which range from appreciation to utter disdain. For this reason, it’s necessary to engage people by letting them express themselves as well as their concerns.

Maloney explains that true success involves making tough decisions, taking risks, and dealing with the consequences. A great leader is prepared for decisions that go good or bad. The dispositive thing is that the organization has a rational process to handle almost any outcome. As such, great leaders can be cool under pressure.

Another aspect of great leadership is superior communications, both oral and written. In practice, communications require editing literally everything that goes out for public consumption or comment. Lastly, Maloney talks about the necessity of having a work and leisure balance.

Tough Truths is a wonderful guide on how to cope with the organizational dynamics everyone faces at some point in the career experience. The work is peppered with stories about Maloney’s experiences in implementing the wisdom so generously expressed throughout the presentation. The advice is delivered in a folksy conversational style characteristic of Deidre Maloney’s managerial approach.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.