Book Reviews

“The Leadership Challenge is one of my favorite books. The Offsite goes one step further by showing how great ideas can be put into practice. We can all lead from the heart. The Offsite shows how—it’s a wonderful book.”Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got you Here Won’t Get You There

“Robert Thompson has written a gem. Reading this work you are a voyeur at the best “offsite” you’ve ever attended; yet he allows us to experience the true essence of leadership without ever leaving home. We’ve each been one of these characters; or perhaps more accurately we have each been all of them. If you are interested in the practice of leadership rather than just theory, then you’ll use every word you read here.”

Terry Pearce, Author of Leading Out Loud. Founder/President  Leadership Communication and Forum on Cross-Cultural Inspiration.

“Robert Thompson brings a fresh, provocative voice to the leadership discussion. The Offsite is a fabulous debut, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of Mr. Thompson’s ‘thought grenades’.  Read The Offsite before your next offsite and prepare to emerge with a whole new level of passion and commitment.”

Steve Farber,  President, Extreme Leadership, Inc.

Author, The Radical LeapThe Radical Edge and Greater Than Yourself


“Robert Thompson nailed it! Entertaining and on point, this compelling story unpacks the groundbreaking Kouzes Posner model in a refreshing new way. An inspiring tale that will make you laugh, cry and understand that leadership is a choice, not a position. Read this book and be prepared to make a mark in the world!”

Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, Co-authors of BOOM! 7 Choices for blowing the Doors Off Business-as-Usual and NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.


“The Offsite is an engaging well-written fable that will enable anyone interested in making the difficult transition from manager to leader to experience what’s involved.”

Stephen Denning, author of The Secret Language of Leadership


“As with all good fables, Robert Thompson’s story of a corporate retreat provides vivid examples of important points. In The Offsite, he uses appealing characters to demonstrate each of five practices that will help any leader better engage and inspire their teams.”

Cindy Ventrice, author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works


Winning Work Places

The leaders of small and midsize firms will have much to gain as they digest the five practices that form the heart of Kouzes’ and Postner’s thesis, in the form of this rousing fictional account of two rival pharmaceutical companies working toward a mutually beneficial sales strategy.Suite 101
The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable, Publisher Josey-Bass, 2008, tells a story in an entertaining way while explaining the brilliant 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership developed by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

The Kevin Eikenberry Group

Why did Kevin move “The Offsite” to the top of his reading stack?

Book Review by Tom Duff

Robert H. Thompson makes that jump in The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable. He uses the storytelling method to take you through a philosophy in a way that makes application so much easier, because you’ve “seen” it work. Contents: …

Career Bright

How does Career Bright rate “The Offsite” and why do they believe that it gives brevity of message and clear focus?

Leadership Turn

Leadership Turn evaluates how most leadership advice is classic and often lays the groundwork for more modern interpretations, and how that works with Robert’s book.

Parenting Under the Stars

Read how “The Offsite”  leadership practices can be applied to improve family life.

The Offsite: A Fable to Internalize

Using memorable characters, author Robert Thompson, has created a story that is a great introduction not only to James Kouzes’ and Barry Posner’s work, but to the practice of leadership itself. With our birds-eye view of the offsite and…

My Get Things Done List

I haven’t had much discretionary time lately, so my “To Read” stack is a bit thick lately. However, on a cross-country flight this past Thursday, I read Robert H. Thompson’s book: “The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable.”

Live with Jay

This book reveals not only the fundamentals of leadership – credibility, vision, and innovative thinking – but also the importance of committing on a daily basis.

David Facebook Review

I greatly enjoyed the book and was able to personally relate to several of the characters. In particular I developed an affinity for Gwen, the young sales director struggling to find her way in a new department at a new company. I highly recommend this book to any sales professional looking to take a step beyond the typical non fiction prose that we have become accustomed to.

Sunil Patel

This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn the key leadership principles in life regardless of their title or position. Couple of weeks ago I was given a job description and one of the requirements listed was to demonstrate the 5 principles of Exemplary Leadership. Wow – what a gift I received in the form of that job description. I read the book by Kouzes and Posner – The Leadership Challenge first and then I read this book. The Offsite connects the 5 principles by Kouzes and Posner very well and actually enhances their understanding. Leadership is a choice and this book shows why. If you are serious about Leadership in your family, community and business then you need to read The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable together with The Leadership Challenge.


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