A Failure Of Nerve

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Overview

Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's insights into leadership are more urgently needed than ever. He was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, politicians and teachers.

Failure of Nerve is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman's insights about our regressed, seatbelt society, oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today.

Suspicious of the quick fixes and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argues for strength and self-differentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy.

This book was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death, and originally published in a limited edition. This new edition makes his life-changing insights and challenges available to a new generation of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596270428
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 137,932
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Edwin Friedman was an ordained rabbi and practicing family therapist. His ground-breaking work, Generation to Generation, exposed the emotional connections between home and work in religious, educational, therapeutic, and business systems, and has become a modern classic. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, is an acclaimed work on leadership. Friedman died in 1996.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Editors' Preface     ix
Introduction: The Problem with Leadership     1
Imaginative Gridlock and the Spirit of Adventure     29
A Society in Regression     51
Data Junkyards and Data Junkies: The Fallacy of Expertise     95
Survival in a Hostile Environment: The Fallacy of Empathy     132
Autocracy Versus Integrity: The Fallacies of Self     158
Take Five     187
Emotional Triangles     204
Crisis and Sabotage: The Keys to the Kingdom     229
Epilogue: The Presence of the Past     248
Index     253
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