Breaking The Code Of Silence / Edition 1

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Leaders-political, corporate, religious-are making mistakes that are far more open to public scrutiny now more than ever before. Challenged by conditions of growing uncertainty and the need to work at lightning speed, errors are not only unavoidable, but also rampant in today's workplace. Based on research and candid interviews with some well-known leaders whose costly blunders have made headlines, this book examines eight common mistakes, debunks myths surrounding mistake recovery, and identifies eight strategies for "rebounding" from near-fatal errors. Using examples from Enron to the Catholic church to Arthur Anderson, the authors provide a how-to for those at the top who suddenly find themselves on the way down.

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Editorial Reviews

John Dasburg
I believe Kusy and Essex are doing a great service in discussing the issues surrounding leadership mistakes. This is a practical and must-read handbook for anyone who believes they might make a big mistake.
Gregg Steinhafel
7 Critical Mistakes shatters the myth that mistakes are something leaders should conceal. Positioned in the context of specific rebound strategies, critical leadership errors can be key resume builders as Kusy and Essex affirm in 7 concrete ways. It's a sure-fire book for coaching others in the fine art of using mistakes to build one's own leadership capacity.
Frances Hesselbein
Breaking the Code of Silence adds a new and practical dimension to our leadership language and philosophy. The rebounding strategies that Drs. Kusy and Essex identify give leaders at every level needed skills in leveraging our mistakes into powerful tools for building new confidence and success. Bravo!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589791183
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mitchell Kusy is an organizational development consultant and professor in the graduate department of Organizational Learning & Development at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. Dr. Louellen Essex is president of her own leadership development organization, Louellen Essex and Associates.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : mistake recovery : the new leadership competency 1
1 Engagement gridlock : rebound with rapid reinvesting 21
2 Misaligned momentum : rebound with rapid redirecting 41
3 Political misread : rebound with rapid repositioning 53
4 Too much, too soon : rebound with rapid reinventing 71
5 Miscued decision making : rebound with rapid redesigning 83
6 Stifled communication : rebound with rapid releasing 101
7 Bungled hiring : rebound with rapid revamping 113
8 Fatal errors : failures that rarely result in a comeback 127
9 Strategic rapid rebound : from rebound anxiety to rebound competency 133
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