My latest book, “People with Purpose”, follows the best-selling “The Language of Leaders” and “Communicate to Inspire” (all available in Waterstones, WHSmith and on Amazon).
“The Language of Leaders” received much acclaim from the literary and leadership worlds and was based on interviews with the Chairmen and CEOs of 80 top organisations. My second book, “Communicate to Inspire – a guide for leaders”, was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year award, and reached No 2 on the WHSmith management book charts.
PEOPLE WITH PURPOSE
Lord Stuart Rose, Chairman of Ocado
Paul Drechsler, President Confederation of British Industry
Barry Sheerman, MP, UK Parliament
Ian Durant, Chairman, Greggs and Capital & Counties Properties PLC
Valerie Keller, Global Lead, EY Beacon Institute, Executive Director, Global Markets, Ernst and Young
“People with Purpose” explores how great business leaders use purpose to power “super performance”. Leaders who communicate a defined mission, alongside clear and genuine values, allow their employees to feel a sense of purpose in their roles and embody their company’s vision. This inspires engagement, loyalty and higher purpose. The book brings together a wide range of compelling research into how having a clearly defined purpose as part of business strategy is a vital element in business success, longevity and inspired teams.
The book shows business leaders how to create a valuable framework that integrates purpose, values and goals on a single page in order to articulate their organization’s unique vison to employees and stakeholders. Kevin has interviewed top CEOs who have used purpose to transform performance, motivate their people, develop organizational resilience and deliver results – often from the very edge of disaster. These leaders share how they have articulated their purpose, values and goals.
“People with Purpose” also looks at the work of neuroscientists, brings together evidence from around the world that purpose powers performance, and shows why purpose matters more in a digitally connected and transparent world. More than 30 case studies are explored from exclusive interviews with Virgin Atlantic, Odeon and UCI Cinemas, Healthcare at Home, Monarch Airlines, Yodel and Moss Bros.
The text is rooted in in-depth research prepared and conducted with polling organisation, YouGov. That proprietary research methodology is now available for individual business leaders to use with their own organisations.Buy online ▶
THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERS
John Heaps, Chairman, Eversheds LLP
Rainer Ohler, Group Communications Director, Airbus Group
Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
The difference between competent communication and inspiring communication can be the difference between poor performance and outstanding results.
The traditional model for what constitutes a good manager is changing and CEO’s and HR professionals now say the ability to understand, motivate and inspire others is the characteristic that is most important when recruiting senior leaders. Based on original interviews with an extraordinary list of 80 top leaders from a wide range business sectors, The Language of Leaders provides a unique insight into how they have responded to the demands of a transparent world, reports on what they have learned, and creates a lexicon for successful communication.
Their message is resoundingly clear – communication in leadership is a now a crucial top three skill of leadership. It is only through mastering this skill that leaders can have effective communication with people within and outside an organization and ultimately build trust – the essential pre-requisite of success.Buy online ▶
COMMUNICATE TO INSPIRE
Robert Morris, leadership commentator
Sir Eric Peacock CMG DL
Gina Nelthorpe Cowne, MD of Kruger Cowne talent management agency
Gary Metcalfe FCMI, FIC
Bob Bullivant, director of Annuity Direct
Gina Nelthorpe Cowne, MD of Kruger Cowne talent management agency
To be successful, leaders must inspire others to achieve great results. How well you perform as a leader will depend on how well as a leader you communicate – but few leaders are taught the critical communication skills that enable them to be inspiring. To be inspiring, you need to be more authentic, more empathetic and more engaging. You need to learn how to tell stories and how to truly listen. You need to understand why you should stand up for your compelling point of view, and be hyper-aware of the unconscious signals you send. You need to learn how to articulate an inspiring vision and how to lead the critical conversations that change everything. Together, this mix of communication skills can provide the super-fuel that will enable you to be hugely effective.
Communicate to Inspire is an essential manual for any aspiring leader, answering the key question: If you want to be a better leader, how do you communicate in a way that inspires? Kevin Murray presents 12 clear principles
of leadership communication and how they contribute to trust, engagement, relationships and reputation. Drawing stories from the successful coaching of CEOs and decision makers from a wide range of global organizations, the author examines and analyses key successes (and failures) in the leadership process and provides a unique and successful model for developing your own leadership skills. Be the inspirational leader you want to be.
AND FOR THRILLS
The brutal killing of a newspaper editor is the first in a series of apparently motiveless and unconnected murders. As an avid reader of crime fiction I really enjoyed Blood of the Rose. It starts strongly and the tension and suspense never let up as we get closer to the killer’s identity being revealed. What also sets this apart from other novels of this type is the well drawn characters with their all too human flaws and shortcomings. The final showdown is particularly gripping as all the pieces of the puzzle come together in a frenetic race against time. A worthwhile addition to the crime fiction genre and one that I would recommend wholeheartedly.
London, 1986. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal, and often bizarre, slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood red rose left at the scene of every killing. Why? What does the rose mean? What connects the killer to each bloody corpse?
Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey. As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge.
Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think. As they close in on the truth of the blood red rose, their unseen foe plots a shattering end to his reign of terror, and death awaits them all…..Buy online ▶
Kevin Murray discusses People with Purpose in 80 secondsPeople with Purpose explores the competitive advantage of having a compelling purpose at the heart of your business strategy, especially when combined with powerful values and a focus on relationships.
Kevin Murray discusses the power of respectIn this video, Kevin Murray, author of People with Purpose, discusses the power of respect. For the book, Kevin asked YouGov to undertake some research with over 4000 individuals to fnid out the most important things they look for in a manager, above and beyond their role.
Kevin Murray talks about the secret to successIn this video, Kevin Murray, author of People with Purpose, talks about how the secret to success, and getting your team aligned is to get your purpose all on one page. Once you have done this, you an share it with your teams all over the organisation to allow them to interpret it in their own way.
30 Second Challenge: Communicate to Inspire by Kevin MurrayWe set author Kevin Murray, Chairman of the Good Relations Group, our challenge to sum up his new book Communicate to Inspire: A Guide for Leaders in just 30 seconds - go!
Author Insights: How to Be Audience-Centric as a Leader'Communicate to Inspire' author Kevin Murray talks about the art of thoroughly understanding your audience before you attempt to communicate.
Author Insights: Why Leaders Need to Listen LouderInspiring leaders are excellent listeners. 'Communicate to Inspire' author Kevin Murray talks about how leaders should listen louder to generate respect, rapport, and trust.
Author Insights: The 12 Principles of Inspiring Leadership Communication'Communicate to Inspire' author Kevin Murray talks through the 12 principles of inspiring leadership communication which contribute to trust, engagement, relationships and reputation.
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