Take Command: Find Your Inner Strength, Build Enduring Relationships, And Live The Life You Want

Take Command: Find Your Inner Strength, Build Enduring Relationships, and Live the Life You Want” is a book by Joe Hart and Michael A. Crom.

The book is structured around questions geared to encourage self-reflection, such as how to use the power of mindset to deal with stress and anxiety, gain clarity on what you want, and create a plan to achieve it. 

It includes real-life stories of young leaders who took command of their relationships to deliver on their goals and form better connections with others


Take Command  by Michael A. Crom, Joe Hart

Take Command by Michael A. Crom, Joe Hart
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Page Count: 267 pages
Publication Format: Print Book, Kindle, Audiobook
Edition: N/A
Series: Part of the Dale Carnegie Books series
Average Rating On Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Average Rating On Goodread: 4.3 out of 5 stars
ISBN13: 1982190108
ASIN: B0BD5VJWHM
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Genres: Self Help, Business, Personal Development, Nonfiction Psychology, Productivity, Leadership


About Take Command Book

Take command of your future with this groundbreaking, Wall Street Journal bestseller, from the experts who brought you How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Take Command offers powerful tools and time-tested methods to help you live an intentional life by transforming how you approach your thoughts, emotions, relationships, and future. Filled with stories of everyday people and based on expert research and interviews with more than a hundred high-performing leaders, Take Command gives you the strategies you need to unlock your full potential and create the life you want.

Written by Joe Hart (CEO) and Michael Crom (Board Member) of Dale Carnegie & Associates, Take Command is a modern manual for personal development that will help anyone, at any age. It is structured around questions geared to encourage self-reflection, such

  • How do we use the power of mindset to deal with stress and anxiety, gain perspective on negative emotions, and build resilience?
  • Once we understand our inner lives, how do we create enriching, rewarding, and enduring relationships?
  • How do we deal with difficult people and manage conflict?
  • After mastering our thoughts and relationships, how do we live courageously and intentionally to build a vision that will bring out the best in ourselves and other people?

For more than one hundred years, the wisdom of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People has provided people around the world with richer, more fulfilling relationships and a happier way of life.

Now, Take Command combines decades of Dale Carnegie’s award-winning training and timeless principles—ones that have transformed the personal and professional lives of millions—into a master text that tells you everything you need to know about the art of human relations.

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About the Author

Joe Hart and Michael A. Crom are the co-authors of “Take Command: Find Your Inner Strength, Build Enduring Relationships, and Live the Life You Want.

  • Joe Hart is the CEO of Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., a global leadership training and performance improvement company. He has over 25 years of experience in the learning and development industry and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 
  • Michael A. Crom is a board member of Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in the learning and development industry. He has worked with a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

Together, Hart and Crom have conducted research and interviews with over 100 high-performing leaders to develop the tools and techniques presented in “Take Command

Take Command Book Reviews

“Powerful and practical! Breathing new life into Dale Carnegie’s exceptional principals, Joe and Michael have created a new classic for this generation’s leaders. Create the career and life you’ve dreamed of with Take Command!”
—Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned LifeTriggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


“I loved reading Take Command. It not only captures the spirit of Dale Carnegie’s principles, which helped me so much in my career and life, but also the essence of my Working Together Management System – one that I used for over 40 years with tremendous success as the CEO of Boeing and Ford. Leadership starts with the leader’s heart. It requires humility, love, service, confidence, and resilience. It involves putting people first, working together, and including everyone. Finally, it’s about creating a compelling vision, inspiring others, and achieving amazing results togetherTake Command is a blueprint that can help everyone lead with impact and live a happier and more fulfilling life. This is a must read!”
—Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford and Boeing


Take Command builds beautifully on the ideas in my fathers’ books and takes those insights even further with innovative and effective ways to implement them. For those seeking inner strength, greater confidence, and truly meaningful relationships, Take Command will be an invaluable guide.”
—Donna Dale Carnegie, Chairwoman, Board of Directors Dale Carnegie & Associates


“I wish I had this book when I was younger. It is the most insightful book I’ve read about managing my thoughts, building incredible relationships, and living the life I want.”
—Dave Winfield, MLB Hall of Famer and New York Times bestselling author


“My dad and I have always been Dale Carnegie fans and I love how Take Command weaves Dale’s wisdom with
current stories, powerful insights, and a new set of principles. A must read.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight


“To take command of our future and our lives, we must first connect with our own inner space and take command of our thoughts, emotions, relationships and actions. This profound and life-changing book brings the Dale Carnegie magic alive again with powerful stories and a gripping well-researched narrative as it unravels the why, what and how of this process. In a practical and user-friendly way, the book equips and inspires us to unleash our fullest potential and live a life of purpose and meaning.”
—Rajeev Dubey, Chairman Mahindra First Choice Wheels Limited


“Imbued with wisdom, Take Command is a roadmap to becoming the best version of yourself. By reframing change into opportunity, it teaches you how to emotionally free yourself from your greatest limitation: your own thoughts.”
—Yasmin Davidds, Founder of Multicultural Women Entrepreneur and Leadership Institute


Take Command provides a reflection on what we can control and, more importantly, a set of practical tools to use daily, to make it personal, and to own our path and destiny. You need to read and re-read this book—it’s a practical tool that every individual should have by their side.”
—Maria Paula Duque, Sustainability Lead Microsoft LATAM


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Take Command Book Table Of Content

This book organized into three parts. Think of it like three concentric circles, with Part I as the innermost circle and Part III as the outermost.

PART I: TAKING COMMAND OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS

Here Michael A. Crom, Joe Hart focus on how to build inner strength through understanding our thoughts and emotions and developing habits and practices to help us cultivate a strong, optimistic mindset. We’ll talk about ways to handle stress, build courage and confidence, deal with change, and move past regret.

  • CHAPTER 1: CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS
  • CHAPTER 2: CONDITION YOUR MIND FOR SUCCESS
  • CHAPTER 3: WORK WITH YOUR EMOTIONS
  • CHAPTER 4: BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE
  • CHAPTER 5: EMBRACE CHANGE
  • CHAPTER 6: MOVE BEYOND REGRET
  • CHAPTER 7: DEAL WITH STRESS
  • CHAPTER 8: BUILD RESILIENCE AND COURAGE

PART II: TAKING COMMAND OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

Here the authors explore our connections to the people we care about or interact with every day—how to establish and repair trust, deal with difficult people, sustain strong relationships, and see from another person’s point of view.

  • CHAPTER 9: GET CONNECTED
  • CHAPTER 10: CREATE TRUST
  • CHAPTER 11: DITCH CRITICISM
  • CHAPTER 12: DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
  • CHAPTER 13: SEE THINGS FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S POINT OF VIEW

PART III: TAKING COMMAND OF YOUR FUTURE

In this section, we’ll talk about defining your values, pursuing your purpose, and creating a vision for your life. We’ll hear from some of the most incredible and inspiring young leaders around the world about how they pursue their dreams and make a lasting difference along the way.

  • CHAPTER 14: LIVE AN INTENTIONAL LIFE
  • CHAPTER 15: DEVELOP A VISION FOR LIFE
  • CHAPTER 16: BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY
  • CHAPTER 17: MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD

Take Command Book Summary

This book is an invitation for you to take command of your thoughts, emotions, relationships, and future. If you simply read this book and say, “That was interesting,” or “I really liked this book. This book is not called Learn or Study.

The book is called Take Command, encouraging you to do something. Practicing the ideas in this book is not merely an intellectual pursuit. To make this work, you have to first understand and then take action, try things out, and be willing to learn from any mistakes you make. Our goal is to equip you with powerful strategies and inspire you to live an intentional life.

Think of each principle as a tool. Tools for specific purposes—you use a hammer to pound a nail, a saw to cut a board, and a screwdriver to tighten a screw. You can mix and match these concepts in a way that works for you. The more we use each principle, the more we understand how it works, and the better we’ll get at it.

Dale said that knowledge isn’t power. Applied knowledge is power. You can know all the right things to do, and yet if you don’t do them, you’re not going to receive the benefits that go along with them. Fulfilment is usually found outside of our comfort zone, not tucked safely within it.

When people are on their deathbeds talking about what they would have changed, many say, “I would have taken more risks,” or “I would have been more intentional. My life just passed me by.” If you want to get the most out of this book, you will read it, re-read it, and apply it again and again.

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