Getting F.I.T.: Unleashing the Power of Fully Integrated TeamsGetting F.I.T.: Unleashing the Power of Fully Integrated Teams by Jim Leighton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

To be honest about this book, I really didn’t find it matched up to the level of other, better business/productivity/inspirational guides I’ve come across. The biggest fault of this particular book isn’t really the F.I.T. concept or the steps that lie behind it, it isn’t even the stories the author tells (which some were actually well worth perusing in the aftermath).

The book’s biggest fault is this: the organization of the entire book does not mesh well.

The blurb is actually a stronger lead in than the collective measure of the book itself. From it, you figure you’d learn what a F.I.T. entails, how people use it to make the most of their lives in business and outside of it, how to use it in the event of crises – and then see practical, real life examples in motion, maybe even gain something from the author’s personal accounts. However, the narrative is organized in the reverse way, focusing mostly on the author’s life and experiences for at least the first section of the book, before ever delving into the definition of what a F.I.T. really was. That frustrated the ever-loving heck out of me, because I kept asking “Well, what’s a F.I.T.? I DO NOT KNOW WHAT that is!” every time it was mentioned for a good 40 pages in. I understood the emphasis of its importance and what it meant to the author, but since I didn’t have a clear concept of what it was from the get-go, so I couldn’t connect with it.

Further, I felt when the narrative finally reached the point of defining what F.I.T entailed, it wasn’t very dynamically in tune with speaking to the reader and a little muddled in its focal points. Because at first you’re learning that the F.I.T – or Fully Integrated Teams is a measure of five steps: Purpose, Principles, People, Promise, Place. Each segment is supposed to define a way of viewing and inspiring leadership. But then you later have another portion of that model defining F.I.T as a measure (or rather intersection) of skills, needs, and passions. To be honest, it’s a little hard to follow the models and really fully integrate them with ease. The irony I found in this guide is that the author, in the beginning says he wouldn’t be able to give an “exhaustive analysis” of it. That’s fair, because it deals with many dimensions, but I think those dimensions weren’t very clear cut or easy to swallow in the way it was presented.

Usually in guides of this nature, it would have an open-ended dynamic dialogue that prompts you to think about each of the steps in its respective model and apply them for your own use, but that was sadly lacking here – I didn’t get a sense of where I could practically apply this to my own life since it was so difficult to really take that much from. Don’t get me wrong, I did find the expansions on the author’s life and family worth the read, but I did not get from this book what the blurb promised, and not in the focal point that it should’ve been to match that premise.

Overall score: 2/5

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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