Description : Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi published the groundbreaking Flow more than a decade ago, world leaders such as Tony Blair and former President Clinton, and influential sports figures like Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson have all been inspired by the book. In today's corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. While many CEOs are being exposed for their greed, truly visionary leaders believe in a goal that benefits themselves as well as others. They realize that it is their vision and "soul" that attract loyal employees willing to go above and beyond the call of corporate duty. And their employees are realizing the same thing: while 80 percent of adults claim they'd work even if they didn't have to, the majority of them can hardly wait to leave their jobs and get home. Good Business starts with the premise that this is an age in which business and work have replaced religion and politics as central forces in contemporary life. The book reveals how business leaders, managers, and even employees can find their "flow" and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind. Good Business is sure to become a must-read text for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business.
Description : A prevalent way of viewing leadership is as a process of social influence. In this report, the authors offer an alternative perspective: seeing leadership as a process of social meaning-making. The practical and research implications of such a view are considered.
Description : Most successful leaders know that leadership is an art, not a science. They recognize that beyond all the sophisticated systems and theories, the strategies and tactics, leadership is ultimately about intangible things such as timing, intuition, and passion This book shows how successful leaders can master the artistic aspects of their work. It guides readers to the ways that the leadership can be practiced and learned. "The Dance of Leadership" explores the art of leadership by examining the perspectives, training, and insights of artists, most particularly in the fields of music and dance. The authors look at how these people learn their craft, practice their skills, and attain mastery of their art. Then they adapt these lessons from the arts to the experiences of successful leaders in all fields. This book incorporates in-depth interviews with some of the world's premier artists and writers, as well as dozens of leader business, government, the military, and sports. The result is a book that celebrates the art of leadership - but an art that can learned, developed, and practiced.
Description : “ We’re now hip-deep, if not drowning, in the ‘experience economy.‘ Here‘s the smartest book I‘ve read so far that can actually help get your brand to higher ground, fast. And it‘s written by people who not only drew the map, but blazed these trails in the first place.” –Brian Collins, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Brand Integration Group In a market economy characterized by commoditized products and global competition, how do companies gain deep and lasting loyalty from their customers? The key, this book argues, is in providing meaningful customer experiences. Writing in the tradition of Louis Cheskin, one of the founding fathers of market research, the authors of Making Meaning observe, define, and describe the meaningful customer experience. By consciously evoking certain deeply valued meanings through their products, services, and multidimensional customer experiences, they argue, companies can create more value and achieve lasting strategic advantages over their competitors. A few businesses are already discovering this approach, but until now no one has articulated it in such a persuasive and practical way. Making Meaning not only encourages businesses to adopt an innovation process that’s centered on meaning, it also tells you how. The book outlines a plan of action and describes the attributes of a meaning-centric innovation team. With insightful real-world examples drawn from the Cheskin company's experience and from the authors' observations of the contemporary global market, this book outlines a plan of action and describes the attributes of a meaning-centric innovation team. Meaningful experiences—as distinct from trivial ones—reinforce or transform the customer’s sense of purpose and significance. The authors’ vision of a world of meaningful consumption is idealistic, but don’t be fooled: this is a straightforward business book with an eye on the ROI. It shows how to bring R&D, design, and marketing together to create deeper and richer experiences for your customers. Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer Experiences is an engaging and practical book for business leaders, explaining how their companies can create more meaningful products and services to better achieve their goals.
Description : The Constructivist Leader provides educational leaders at all levels with a conceptual framework for leadership defined as reciprocal, purposeful learning in community. The updated Second Edition of this best-selling book enables readers to carry this constructivist vision and purpose forward, while effectively implementing standards-based reform, authentic assessment, and constructivist-based accountability. This new edition features: an expanded theory of Constructivist Leadership reflecting the most recent thinking in leadership, learning, and ethical communities; a comprehensive approach to issues of equity, diversity, and multiculturalism; additional strategies for the implementation of constructivist leadership practice; principles and examples to guide new approaches to accountability; and much more!
Description : The scholarly literature describing how adults make meaning via constructivist theories of adult development is robust. Theories in this paradigm depict a hierarchical series of stages, or logics, in which meaning-making can become increasingly complex over time (Kegan, 1982, 1994; Cook-Greuter, 2004; Torbert, 2004). A study by McCallum (2008) revealed a phenomenon in which leaders experienced fallback, or a temporary regression in meaning-making when faced with stress, uncertainty or particularly triggering situations. A follow-up study explored fallback theoretically with adult development thought leaders (Livesay, 2013), however no empirical studies were conducted to specifically examine the movement in meaning-making called fallback. This study addressed the gap in the literature on fallback, or regressive movement in meaning-making, by investigating the nature and quality of fallback among leaders and the impact on their practice of leadership. Using qualitative data from multiple in-depth interviews with eight leaders from various organizational contexts (corporate to academia), this study explored the nature and quality of fallback among leaders at work. The findings from this study describe how the organization of meaning of leaders' thinking, feeling and behaving were ultimately fluid, moving in and out of their most complex abilities to make meaning in response to intrapersonal and interpersonal triggers. The findings describe how this fluidity can at times render leaders unable to access their most effective leadership, and when the moments and results of fluidity are processed and reflected upon with trusted others, leaders' assumptions and meaning-making patterns become more accessible to them. The findings from the study are significant to adult development from a theoretical perspective, offering a more robust view of the fluidity which exists in our meaning-making and subsequent leadership behavior. It is recommended that fallback be conceptualized as fluidity of meaning-making, illuminating the shifting that can occur as leaders think, feel and respond to complex and challenging situations. This study will impact leadership coaches and those in the field of leadership development to bring awareness to how fluidity of meaning-making occurs, and how leaders can bring themselves into greater capacity both in meaning-making and leadership practice.
Description : The theory and practice of leadership is one of business's most exhaustively examined and written about subjects. Given the range and breadth of material on the subject, John van Maurik's book will come as a welcome introduction for both business people and students. In this clear and concise overview, van Maurik examines the main stages of development in leadership this century and analyses the contribution made by the key writers, academics and practitioners. This book will provide an invaluable compendium for all those who wish to study leadership, and those who wish to put the theory into practice.
Description : David Hurst has a unique knowledge of organizationsÑtheir function and their failureÑboth in theory and in practice. He has spent twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in crises and turnaround conditions, and is also a widely experienced consultant, teacher, and writer on business. This book is his innovative integration of management practice and theory, using a systems perspective and analogies drawn from nature to illustrate groundbreaking ideas and their practical application. It is designed for readers unfamiliar with sophisticated management concepts and for active practitioners seeking to advance their management and leadership skills. HurstÕs objective is to help readers make meaning from their own management experience and education, and to encourage improvement in their practical judgment and wisdom. His approach takes an expansive view of organizations, connecting their development to humankindÕs evolutionary heritage and cultural history. It locates the origins of organizations in communities of trust and follows their development and maturation. He also crucially tracks the decline of organizations as they age and shows how their strengths become weaknesses in changing circumstances. HurstÕs core argument is that the human mind is rational in an ecological, rather than a logical, sense. In other words, it has evolved to extract cues to action from the specific situations in which it finds itself. Therefore contexts matter, and Hurst shows how passion, reason, and power can be used to change and sustain organizations for good and ill. The result is an inspirational synthesis of management theory and practice that will resonate with every readerÕs experience.
Description : Leadership education has become an essential outcome of highereducation in the past decade and yet leadership development effortsvary greatly on campuses. In response, the International Leadership Association (ILA)published “Guiding Questions: Guidelines for LeadershipEducation Programs.” The Guiding Questions document is aresult of a five-year, collaborative process to create guidelinesfor leadership education programs. ILA’s format of open-endedguiding questions is applicable to any student affairs practitionerdeveloping a leadership learning program. This sourcebook was developed specifically to assist highereducation professionals in their understanding, conceptualization,and implementation of the five standards outlined in the ILAGuiding Questions: Context, Conceptual Framework, Content, Teachingand Learning, and Assessment of Leadership Education. It exploresleadership education for undergraduate students and provides afoundation for readers to develop students’ leadershipcapacity. Using the ILA’s Guiding Questions as a framework,this sourcebook will enable you to develop a leadership educationprogram on your campus. This is the 140th volume of this Jossey-Bass highereducation quarterly series. An indispensable resource for vicepresidents of student affairs, deans of students, studentcounselors, and other student services professionals, NewDirections for Student Services offers guidelines andprograms for aiding students in their total development: emotional,social, physical, and intellectual.