I don’t think it’s my place to tell anyone how they “should” read JUMP!—but I want you to read it and to get the most out of it as you do. Therefore, there’s probably a “best” way for you, personally, to read it— which might not be the same way as the person in the next office, the one sitting next to you on the plane, or your neighbor next door. Therefore, consider this to be your reader’s guide to JUMP!

Early readers have told me that they’ve approached JUMP! from basically three different perspectives:

  • I love inspiring and motivating “two-flight” or “one-evening” stories—where I get the message quickly and succinctly.
  • I like business-related stories, but I also want to understand the rationale behind them. I like to see the
    process models as well.
  • Stories are okay, but I really love to dig into the approaches, methods, and tools side of things. Show me the details!

Now, you may not see yourself exactly in one of these three categories above, and that’s okay. However, I’m going to use those three choices to help you chart a course in your JUMP! experience. That said, any approach to reading JUMP! will work. It’s up to you. No one is watching over your shoulder to make sure you read one page after another. Skipping around is just fine.

Recommended Approaches For Reading JUMP!

1: I Love a Great Story—Let Me Get to It!

Jump straight beyond the Introduction, go directly to page 3 and begin reading the leadership fable. I’ve been told the fable all by itself is the perfect “vacation business book.” Beware, though, I’ve also been told it’s hard to stop reading the fable once you’ve started it! Once you’ve completed the story, go back and read the Introduction if you’d like to learn more about the ins-and-outs of what you’ve read in the fable. After reading the Introduction, you can decide whether or not you’d like to devote any time to the process model. You might decide to do so, you might not. If not, I promise not to take it personally.

2: I Like Good Stories, and I Like to Understand the Rationale Behind Them

Continue to page xv and read the Introduction. It sets the stage for the entire book. Then, continue on to read the fable, followed by the model. If you read it in this order, you will be reading JUMP! in the manner in which I primarily intended it to be read. I think it flows more coherently this way, but don’t get smug about it and think you’re reading it the “right” way. Readers 1 and 3 might get annoyed.

3: Stories Can Be Kind of Fluffy—I Have to See the Details First

Again, I’d recommend that you continue to page xv, and read the Introduction. It does talk a bit about the leadership fable, but more importantly, it gives context to the process model section of the book. Then, after reading the Introduction, jump to page 185 and read the model. One note, however. I do reference relevant aspects of the leadership fable in each section of the process model. I do this to show examples of how the model might be used. Therefore, I wrote the model assuming you would have read the fable first. I hope you’ll be okay with that approach—if not, it’s okay to send me emails to complain. Either way, I hope you take a look at the fable at some point. It’s not too fluffy. I promise.

Here’s one last thing to consider—the fable is rich in both content and in the number and diversity of characters. To help you “keep track” of who’s who in the book, I’ve included a character summary in the Appendix (CLICK HERE). For some it will be helpful to read these pages before starting the fable, while others may find it useful to refer to the character summary while you read the fable. Either way, or not at all, just think of the character summary as a tool to help keep you connected to the action in the fable.

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