A Simpler Way by Margaret J. Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers;
Does your organization have room for wisdom? Most management theories and methods are based on control and competition. Managers lead through their personal influence over a certain system and they must compete with other systems and sources of influence. This is too rationalist and egocentric: no
wonder so many managers are neurotic!
Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers believe in overcoming egocentric attitudes in business. While most business books
try to influence the reader's cognitive level, with rational arguments and informations, "A Simpler Way" tries to go deeper, appealing
to the reader's esthetic and emotional perception.
Our education made us believe that individuality and competition are basic facts of life. But this idea does not match the perception
that life is effectively growing and diversifying over our planet. This can only be explained if we understand cooperation and
creativity to be the basic facts of life!
"A Simpler Way" does not include formulas or steps to implement a specific organization model. Instead, it subtly shows that living,
real organization is not based on fear, but on freedom and diversification, suppliyng ideas for the transformation and giving
references for further study.
If you believe that in business wisdom is more important than knowledge, you will probably like to read "A Simpler Way". If you
don't, maybe you should read it anyway and give yourself a chance to change your mind.
Rewiring the Corporate Brain : Using the New Science to Rethink How We Structure and Lead Organizations by Danah Zohar;
Rewring the Corporate Brain argues that we are moving away from a Newtonian to a complexity-based system and offers a new
conceptual structure for a fundamental transformation in corporate thinking, together with suggestions for practical, structural
implementation. Zohar writes with skill and breadth about the implications of new science, bringing her insights home in ways that
are practical and applicable to the practice of organizational behavior and management. Rewiring the Corporate Brain relates
quantum and chaos thinking directly to organizational problems and challenges facing corporate leaders. It offers the human brain
and its various thinking structures as the primary model for exercising the full creative capacities of the "corporate brain." The
human brain has three kinds of neural structures, each enabling a distinct kind of thinking: mental, emotional, and spiritual. Existing
organizational structures are modeled after only one of these brain structures. Thus corporations worldwide use at most only
one-third of their "corporate brain." Zohar shows how organizations can learn to use the whole brain for maximum flexibility and
creative adaptation to new situations. Beautifully written, passionately and clearly argued, Rewiring the Corporate Brain makes new
paradigm scientific thinking accessible, practical, and inspiring to business readers.
Managers As Mentors : Building Partnerships for Learning by Chip R Bell;
According to consultant and trainer Chip R. Bell, mentoring is a highly synergistic, two-way performance that, when properly
engaged, takes on the synchronized qualities of a well-executed dance. In Managers As Mentors: Building Partnerships for
Learning, he explains what mentoring is (and is not) and provides a way for readers to assess their own attributes for the practice.
Subsequent information--designed to be personalized and read in any order--deals with such specifics as giving advice properly,
gaining protege acceptance, lessening the fear factor, and finding time to commit to the process.
Synchronicity : The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski, Betty S. Flowers ;
Joseph Jaworski has written "the" book on leadership for the 1990's. Not unlike Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance, Jaworski's Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership serves up a tale of personal discovery of such magnitude as
to speak to the very heart and soul of the reader. Drawing heavily from Robert Greenleaf's Servant Leadership, Jaworski describes
in compelling form the essential character of leadership founded on servant as leader. Reading Jaworski is like reading a
modern-day Paul: his message that we can control our future by allowing life to unfold through us -- not despite us -- is
comforting in this era when we all seem to be cascading toward a destiny over which we have little or no control. Read this book.
Accept its invitation to initiate your own journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.
On Becoming a Leader by Warren G. Bennis, Bennis Warren ;
The classic leadership guide--recommended by Vice President Al Gore to all his advisers--is now available with a new
introduction by the author. "Bennis identifies the key ingredients of leadership success and offers a game plan for cultivating those qualities." --Success.
Great insites about what makes people great leaders and thoughts to keep in mind as the next generation of leaders evolve.
Healing the Wounds : Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized
Organizations (Jossey-Bass Management) by David M Noer;
Much is made in the media and corporate annals of the benefits and perks bestowed on laid-off employees, yet little is heard about
survivors of employer purges, or what consultant Noer calls the layoff survivor sickness. Noer relates the emotions of remaining
employees and draws parallels between their angst and that of Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors, chillingly similar in his repetition.
Not content to rely on psychobabble jargon, he also details the findings of two studies to prove his point that layoff survivor sickness
can be detrimental to an organization's continued good health. The rest of his book, as Noer says, turns pain into gain; four levels of
intervention, from communicating to developing worker contracts, will go far in alleviating individual emotional distress and business
productivity paralysis. Corporate ears, however, need to be tuned in to his message.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel P. Goleman;
There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. In this fascinating book, based on brain and
behavioral research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ-idolizing view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes
the case for "emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of
self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family
members. People who possess high emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play, building
flourishing careers and lasting, meaningful relationships. Because emotional intelligence isn't fixed at birth, Goleman outlines how
adults as well as parents of young children can sow the seeds.
Corporate Tides : The Inescapable Laws of Organizational Structure; by Robert Fritz; A quote from the late W Edwards Deming reads: "94% of all problems in business and organizations are problems with structure
and system, only 6% are problems with people." Who in your organization is the authority on these subjects? Unfortunately, at the
age of 93 W. Edwards Deming passed away on Dec. 20th of 1993. Robert Fritz is today's authority and leading thinker about
structure and system which will be critical to understand for success during this next century. Why are school children told what to
think before being taught how to think? K-12 and university, collge teachers must incorporate Fritz's work if our children are to
have a real competitive chance at a decent future. Corporate Tides is written very clearly using step by step logic, Quick Reviews,
Laws and Axioms which makes the information easy to digest and incorporate. No matter what your current occupation, the work
of Robert Fritz will greatly enhacnce your creative ability by providing knowledge of how to develop dynamic, resolving structures
that lead to sucess. Sincerely, Russell W. Kukla PS: Why are school children told WHAT to memorize before being taught HOW to
memorize? The basic structure used for building a powerful memory ability is the same basic structure that Robert Fritz teaches.
Structure is everwhere?
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