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Lead with Speed

Fire Up Your Team, Power Your Engines of Development, and Make Your Organization Soar

Lead with Speed
Alan Willett By (author)
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256 pg

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior


The speed of the business is the speed of the leader. It’s time to up your game.

One of the most important questions a leader can ask themselves is: “How do I get my teams, my organization to move faster?”

That is the challenge that all leaders face. This challenge grows more intense every day. Lead with Speed is the answer. This problem of speed is often disguised by other symptoms, such as “my projects cannot make an accurate prediction of when they will be done” or the stated need of “my teams need to take more risks.” The real need is not reckless risk-taking that will lead to even more problems and finishing even later. The real need is for speed.

An organization can only move as quickly as its leaders. Lead with Speed shows you how to get your ideas, plans, and needs disseminated quickly from the top down. Innovation, or genius, is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. Alan Willett provides a comprehensive guide on how to sweat faster. You will learn how to:

    Develop the mind-set required for leading with speed
  • Discern the critical differences between slow and fast projects
  • Notice what you as a leader need to do to create those differences
  • Create a targeting system for speed
  • Get whole groups of people working together to create organizational speed
  • Lead the exceptional few to be the catalyst for accelerating your organization


“Alan Willett’s book, Lead With Speed, contains valuable wisdom you can and should use right now to accelerate the realization of the innovation goals that will outpace our adversaries.” — Rick Kelly, Naval Air Systems Command 4.7 Weapons and Energetics Department Chief Engineer - Rick Kelly

“In reviewing all the software development methodologies and data through the years, it is obvious that some methods stand out above others. Unfortunately, sometimes the methodologies obscure the guiding principles under them.  In Alan Willett’s Lead With Speed these principles, or as Alan calls them, Immutable Laws of Speed, are made absolutely clear.  Read this book and learn the laws. When you master them, you will will master the speed of your teams.” — Capers Jones, founder, VP and CTO, Namcook Analytics LLC

- Capers Jones

Lead With Speed is a must-read for every exceptional leader.  If you’re responsible for rapidly delivering high-quality, high-value solutions, fasten your seat belt. This book will engage, energize, and revolutionize how you think about speed.  Alan presents the foundational principles of speed, quality, and value.  He provides a toolkit to achieve rapid delivery, and he brings it to life with stories, examples, and by explaining both how and why these tools work. Get ready for a wild ride—Alan will virtually put your foot on the accelerator and push it with you.” David VanEpps, Marketing Technology Delivery Executive

- David VanEpps

“Alan combines the rare abilities to listen, to see and to guide. He listens deeply to all that is shared, verbally and otherwise. He sees beyond a given situation and into the dysfunctional systems that inevitably create one challenge or another. He guides not with pat advice or simplistic answers, but towards the perspective and insight needed to act. Walk the road he offers and you will listen more carefully, see systems more clearly, and ultimately guide your team to better results.” — Tim Lancaster, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Indigo BioAutomation

- Tim Lancaster

“If you think you are going as fast as you can, think again. Alan’s book Lead With Speed shows you how not just to own your organizational accelerator, but how to push it to the floor." —Nick Giovas, Head of Systems and Software Program Management, Aptiv

- Nick Giovas

Author Bio

Alan Willett is an author, consultant, speaker, and expert at enabling leaders, teams, and organizations to take control of the accelerator of speed. He works with clients around the world, including the UK, Turkey, South Africa, China, India, Canada, and Mexico, and throughout the United States. He’s consulted for HP, Oracle, Microsoft, NASA, General Motors, Intuit, OnStar, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Technological de Monterrey, and many others. Alan’s passionate work has focused on leadership, with a laser focus on the unique challenges of leading in the elevated pressure environments of high-technology development.