Book Feature: AGILE LEADERSHIP with a GRIP by Frank Lee Harper, Jr., PhD., PMP

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2013)

The first edition of this epic book is filled with a plethora of leadership and management advice that’s rich in content well-organized and effective in the presentation of information.  The book shares a world-class leadership framework A.G.I.L.E. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. with a G.R.I.P.™, allowing one to turn their dreams into reality.

There’s a certain admirable realism to a book written by a self-made man who went from being a self-described “street hustler” to a highly accomplished “Strategic hustler™.” Dr. Harper’s leadership and management achievements over his 35+ year career [international/domestic business, athletics, community] are commendable, and here he conscientiously aims to impart his and others’ leadership and management knowledge and wisdom.  The book does a good job using creative acronyms as mnemonic devices—i.e., J.U.I.C.E., P.R.I.D.E., S.U.C.C.E.S.S.F.U.L., to name a few—to convey lessons and ideas about leadership and management.  His argument that leading and managing in the 21st century is a “high-wire” balancing act is smartly defended throughout the book starting with the cover!

Readers may find that the book’s content can be applied to improving leadership and management skills to achieve both their professional and personal goals; as he does a skillful job weaving stories from his and others personal and professional experiences into the qualities represented by each letter in the title acronyms, A.G.I.L.E. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. and G.R.I.P.  for example, Dr. Harper discusses the importance of adaptability, how to be goal-oriented, how to deliver results through effective delegation, how to manage one’s own performance, reasons why challenging the status quo may be necessary, how to have a teachable point of view, how to introduce ideas based on uplifting values, and more.   An added plus is that he describes tools for making improved management decisions at the strategic, tactical, and operations levels. Along the way, he includes helpful tables, diagrams, and forms for readers to complete, as well as chapter summaries.  Although he offers his own points of view, he also borrows liberally from other sources, all attributed, enriching his presentation with case studies and commentary. The sports analogies and illustrations that were frequently used were among the best; they were well chosen and should have wide appeal and a relatable quality for a large number of readers.   The communication style is an effective blend of professionalism and authority with down-to-earth language and easy-to-understand, user-friendly examples to illustrate important points.

Essential insights about leadership and management, embedded in an overly ornate presentation.


Dr. Frank L. Harper Jr., Ph.D., PMP, is a dynamic process improvement/ information technology executive and entrepreneur with progressively responsible experience in driving business results through streamlined processes and innovative use of technology. A self-proclaimed Strategic hustler, his leadership, teaching, and solutions-focused thinking has directed or contributed to strategic programs/projects with combined budgets of over $4 Billion supporting business units to identify, develop, and implement business solutions that maximize throughput, operational efficiency, customer service, and competitiveness. The effectiveness of these efforts generated combined revenues and savings of over $5 Billion for companies and governments domestically and internationally. A former shoeshine boy, or Street hustler, and scholar-athlete, he has received national and international honors for his pioneering work in the fields of information technology, industrial engineering, and project management. Community leaders applauded his views on community-based education and training. His forty-plus years of leadership and management experience extends beyond the corporate setting into the community, sports, and spiritual endeavors.

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