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Sleeping too much or not enough? A bit tense, jumpy, unable to focus like you used to? Do you hate your job, the folks you work with, and your CEO? Feel trapped, used, wondering what happened to the joy in making money? Concerned that our American values seem to be rapidly disintegrating? Are you religious and / or spiritual, and you know, but just can not somehow put your finger on why your spirit is continually wounded at work? Are you a skeptic? What does any of this have to do with neutralizing bullies, ...
Sleeping too much or not enough? A bit tense, jumpy, unable to focus like you used to? Do you hate your job, the folks you work with, and your CEO? Feel trapped, used, wondering what happened to the joy in making money? Concerned that our American values seem to be rapidly disintegrating? Are you religious and / or spiritual, and you know, but just can not somehow put your finger on why your spirit is continually wounded at work? Are you a skeptic? What does any of this have to do with neutralizing bullies, determinedly difficult people, and predators at work? In Leadership Voices, author Linda Irby explores the difference between management, motivation, and manipulation and the characteristics of effective, contemporary, dynamic leadership. In an increasingly busy world, Irby offers insight and techniques to reclaim you spirit, enjoy your work, and realize your dreams.
1 Preface 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 1: Coincidence, Consciousness, Creation Chapter 4 2: Energy and Quantum Consciousness Chapter 5 3: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Voice Chapter 6 4: Values: Sacred, Spiritual, and Cultural Chapter 7 5: Christian Tenets and the American Work Ethic Chapter 8 6: Leadership Operationalized Chapter 9 7: The Synthesis of Values, Proactive Management, and Community Consciousness Chapter 10 8: Transformational Leadership and Proactive Management Chapter 11 9: Transformational Leadership and Consciousness 12 Bibliography 13 Notes
Posted August 12, 2006
This book on bullies and leadership is like no other that I've read so far. It's worth the money and I've got a couple more to give as gifts. First I was amazed just how 'readable' this is. Not heavy, condescending, nor cute just straightforward, informative, and very thought provoking. At first I wondered where this book was going because the chapter titles, and subtitles seemed a bit - well honestly weird. I think if I had to make one constructively critical comment I change the titles. Now, having said that, the titles are wonderful and actually mean what they say, but until I read the book I never connected quantum consciousness with leadership or protecting myself against workplace bullies. This book is really well research and I followed some of the footnotes and I'm still reading some of this background information. All I can say is amazing. While this book has a heavy emphasis on personal self-understanding, and effective leadership principles what's remarkable is that these two critical topics really are focused on dealing with both workplace bullies and hostile work environments. What's even better is the down to earth, serious information related to knowing your civil rights, what work competencies to expect from your Human Resource folks, and managers. Additionally, this book provides an excellent source of specific information I need to document the anguish I'm going through at work, and how to make a decision about what to do. Humph, the burden of proof is on the victim, but this outlines how to meet that burden and win. But this book is also balanced enough so that management is also guided through the process of being 'strong-armed' by a bully employee or outrageous other managers and CEO's. More involved than I ever imagined. What I found most surprising, thought provoking, and got a major - 'gosh she's right' going through my mind lots of times -- was the discussion of why our American work culture seems to cultivate, sustain, and even reward bullies and penalize and ignore those of us who are victimized. You've just got to read her section on 'traditional American work ethics'. I don't know that I necessarily agree with everything she said but it sure got me thinking - and paying more attention at work to things I never paid attention to before. All in all, I'd say this is a must read, even if you aren't in trouble at work. If you're a student and/or advocate of leadership, then this is a 5 star read. Short, to the point, will keep you thinking and discussing with friends for hours.
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