Accidental Leadership: A Personal Journey

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"Accidental Leadership charts the extraordinary career of Paul Mooney, who progressed through a range of jobs from messenger to apprentice butcher, eventually becoming President of the National College of Ireland. Along the way he also worked as a laundry manager, in HR positions with General Electric and Sterling Drug in Ireland and Asia, and ran a successful business consultancy in Ireland for over fifteen years." Based on this diverse career experience, Mooney has developed a powerful leadership model, illustrated with real life examples of

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"Accidental Leadership charts the extraordinary career of Paul Mooney, who progressed through a range of jobs from messenger to apprentice butcher, eventually becoming President of the National College of Ireland. Along the way he also worked as a laundry manager, in HR positions with General Electric and Sterling Drug in Ireland and Asia, and ran a successful business consultancy in Ireland for over fifteen years." Based on this diverse career experience, Mooney has developed a powerful leadership model, illustrated with real life examples of leadership in action. The key questions posed are brought to life with examples of best (and worst) practices which Mooney witnessed while working with a range of top Irish and international leaders. Written in an engaging and witty style, Accidental Leadership brings the key concepts of leadership to life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781905785674
  • Publisher: Liffey Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Why Write a Book on Leadership? 1

A Zig Zag Career Path 4

Early School Leaving 5

The Messenger Phase 5

Early Bonding: A Welder's Assistant 6

On the Wagon: Ashtown Tin Box Company 7

Apprentice Butcher 8

The Superquinn Factor 9

Selling Advertising Space for Alternative Radio Dublin 11

Back to School: Junior Executive Programme 12

The Industrial Hygiene Business 13

And, the Answer is...Back to Night School 14

The Power of Networking 16

Oops! The Photocopying Incident 17

Moving into the Pharmaceutical Business 18

The Men's Toilets in Kuala Lumpur 19

The Management Consulting Phase 19

Going Back into a 'Real Job' 20

The Golf Trip to Portugal 21

Nervousness Never Goes Away (completely) 22

Neighbours' Reaction 24

Career Lessons: Pulling it all Together 25

Big Question # 1 Understanding: What Exactly is Leadership? 27

Personality Traits: The Great Man/Woman Approach 28

Situational Leadership: From Individual 'Traits' to Situations 29

From Leadership to Followership: A Focus on the 'Led' 31

The Vision Thing 32

So, What Exactly is Leadership? 34

What Part Does Luck Play in Leadership Success? 36

The Downside of Leadership: An Obsessive Search for ForwardMovement 37

The Buy-Back of the Student Residences 38

The 'Absence' of Leadership has a Negative Impact on Performance 39

Leadership Underpins Organisation Effectiveness 41

The Double Supervisor Scenario 41

The Irish Economy in Confused Crisis 42

Tony Gregory's Removal 44

Big Question # 2 Beginning: Where to Start? 46

Role Clarity: What Should I Do? 46

What Exactly Do You Want To Achieve? 47

TheImportance of Role Clarity 48

Avoiding Early Errors: The First 100 Days 49

Unconscious Counter-Forces at Play 52

Hi, I'm Roger Davis 52

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar 54

Many New Leaders Mishandle the Entry Process 55

When Being Really Smart Means Saying Nothing 57

Early Days: The Swim towards Functional Certainty 58

Gateway Computers: 180ยบ General Managers 59

So, Should You Always Go Slow at the Front-End? 60

New Manager Assimilation 61

Identifying Your Best Horses 62

Project Work Sorts Out the Available Talent 63

National College of Ireland: First Meeting with Staff 63

Early Moves: Closing Down All Consulting Spending 65

Big Question # 3 Deciding: What is Our Organisational Purpose? 67

A Deep Understanding of Organisation Culture 68

The Art of Making Tomorrow 'Compelling' 76

Why the Stony Silence? 78

Hi, My Name is Sacha! 81

Into the Club: The Higher Education Authority 82

Organisation as the New Religion 84

Using Artefacts to Communicate Values 85

Communicating Lifelong Learning 85

Mission Launch Ceremony 86

Worthington, Ohio: The Centre of the Red Lignt uistnci 89

Big Question # 4 Energising: How Do You Turbo-Charge the Workforce? 92

Developing Your 'People Management' Philosophy 93

Humour Releases Staff Energy 95

Management 'Team' Values 97

Understanding How People Support Change 99

The Pepsi Generation 100

Clever Ideas Occur at All Levels of an Organisation 102

When Honesty is the Worst Policy 104

Nolans' Supermarket, Clontarf: Where Love Stories End 107

The Brown Thomas Overcoat 108

Constant Communications Reinforces Importance 109

Feargal Quinn Packing Bags 112

Gerry Dwyer's Attitude Adjustment Sessions 113

Who Killed the Ducks? 114

Tackling and Eliminating Underpcrformance 118

Lightening the Mood: NCI 'Idol' 124

Big Question # 5 Minding: How Do leaders Manage Themselves? 126

The First Three Duties of a Battleship 127

The 'Vodka in the Car' Episode 129

The Wrong Size Granite Countertop 130

Working Hard vs. Working Smart 131

Developing a Succession Plan to Identify Future Leaders 134

Mike Burke, Excellent Golf and Tennis Player 135

When Email Usage Becomes Counterproductive 137

Activity? Achievement: An Imaginary Performance Review 140

The National Dancing Championship 143

Who Owns Staff Unhappiness? 143

The Benefits of External Coaching 145

The Difficulty of 'Letting Issues Go' 146

Humility Under Threat 147

Leaders Need to Stay Grounded 149

The Aging Academic: An Epiphany Moment 150

leadership through Philanthropy 151

Embracing Ambiguity: Welcome to the Twilight Zone 152

Staying Current by Tapping into Popular Culture 154

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Story 155

Leading by Wandering Around 156

Wandering Around Has to be Genuine! 156

Leadership as Legacy 158

Appendix A Shark Hunting: Diagnosing the Big issues? 160

Appendix B Leadership Skills Inventory l64

Appendix C The Role of the CEO 175

Appendix D Executive Team Behaviours Scorecard 182

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