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Learn Like a Leader: Today's Top Leaders Share Their Learning Journeys

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More than a decade ago, a group of bestselling authors, thought leaders and management experts-among them Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye and Ken Shelton-met to share their defining moments on leadership with one another. So taken were they with each other's stories that an annual tradition of trading leadership secrets was established. A recurring truth emerged: great leaders seize the opportunity to learn, again and again. Learn Like a Leader brings together these remarkable stories of learning and provides a ...

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Overview

More than a decade ago, a group of bestselling authors, thought leaders and management experts-among them Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye and Ken Shelton-met to share their defining moments on leadership with one another. So taken were they with each other's stories that an annual tradition of trading leadership secrets was established. A recurring truth emerged: great leaders seize the opportunity to learn, again and again. Learn Like a Leader brings together these remarkable stories of learning and provides a close look at how top leaders-including Jim Collins, Warren Bennis and Dave Ulrich-were able to grow their careers, overcome setbacks and soar to the top. Offering profound lessons from key learning moments in the lives and careers of the contributors, Learn Life a Leader conveys the power of storytelling in teaching, training and mentoring.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In these riveting essays, 35 prominent figures in management and organizational development across the globe share the private epiphanies and learning experiences that shaped their characters, careers, and leadership styles. From academics to bestselling authors, contributors candidly reveal their vulnerabilities: Frederick M. Hudson, founder of the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, reveals how physical therapy to recover movement after contracting polio at age nine gave him a purpose that transformed his life; and Warren Bennis (Leaders), former president of the University of Cincinnati, recalls how as a depressed and friendless child, “removed from hope or desire,” his life was altered by the support of his eighth-grade teacher. Organized thematically into such sections as “Developing Self-Knowledge” and “Seeing Yourself as Others Do,” the storytelling format provides a vibrant and experiential dimension, along with accompanying discussion questions for the reader. A must-read for anyone interested in leadership, management, organizational design, or personal development, this inspiring collection of stories will enable individuals and groups to find deeper meaning in the work they do. (Oct.)
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This volume had its beginnings ten years ago during a weekend meeting of the Learning Network (TLN), a group of senior thought leaders in the field of management and organization development. The focus was on how experienced leaders learn. The TLN then asked 100 of the leading management and organization figures to describe a personal learning experience-a turning point that shaped their life's work and influenced their teaching. Of the 100, 35 of these stories are included here and arranged by various themes, including Lessons on Leadership, Crossroads and Choices, Leading, Learning, and Teaching, Seeing Yourself as Others Do, and Pain Is a Great Teacher. Editors Goldsmith (coauthor, What Got You Here Won't Get You There), Beverly Kaye (president, Career Systems International), and Ken Shelton (chairman & editor in chief, Executive Excellence Pub.) include such notable contributors as management specialists Warren Bennis, James Belasco, Jay Conger, Jay Galbraith, and Jim Collins. With each essay are an author biography and a list of questions for further discussion. The essays convey how personal and professional experiences changed the authors' ways of thinking and enhanced their leadership abilities and the way they taught others how to lead. VERDICT Management/organizational behavior faculty, practitioners, and anyone interested in improving leadership skills should use this book.
Frances Hesselbein
Some of our greatest contemporary leaders have shared their leadership wisdom and ex perience in Learn Like a Leader. Each story shares a lesson we make our own. And the best leadership lessons come from leaders themselves who have the courage to tell others about difficult situations they faced, how they handled them, and what happened as a result. Read and reread each story and you will discover what it is to Learn Like a Leader!
Norm Smallwood
One of the things that sets the best leaders apart is the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way. Stories have always been the best way to do this, as they provide guidance about desired choices in a persuasive and memorable manner. This book is full of powerful stories by leaders who teach leaders.
John Alexander
If good leaders are good storytellers-and they are-then pull up your favorite chair to hear the voices of these top leadership experts. The tales of turning points in their lives-so vividly told here-will inspire, entertain, and instruct us all.
Marc Effron
A remarkable collection of inspiration, wisdom, and insight from the true luminaries in our field. The lessons shared in this book are not to be missed!
Library Journal
This volume had its beginnings ten years ago during a weekend meeting of the Learning Network (TLN), a "group of senior thought leaders in the field of management and organization development." The focus was on how experienced leaders learn. The TLN then asked 100 of the leading management and organization figures to "describe a personal learning experience—a turning point that shaped their life's work and influenced their teaching." Of the 100, 35 of these stories are included here and arranged by various themes, including "Lessons on Leadership," "Crossroads and Choices," "Leading, Learning, and Teaching," "Seeing Yourself as Others Do," and "Pain Is a Great Teacher." Editors Goldsmith (coauthor, What Got You Here Won't Get You There), Beverly Kaye (president, Career Systems International), and Ken Shelton (chairman & editor in chief, Executive Excellence Pub.) include such notable contributors as management specialists Warren Bennis, James Belasco, Jay Conger, Jay Galbraith, and Jim Collins. With each essay are an author biography and a list of questions for further discussion. The essays convey how personal and professional experiences changed the authors' ways of thinking and enhanced their leadership abilities and the way they taught others how to lead. VERDICT Management/organizational behavior faculty, practitioners, and anyone interested in improving leadership skills should use this book.—Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857885576
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 846,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Lessons On Leadership

1 Write Your Own Life Warren Bennis Bennis, Warren 3

2 The Learning Executive Jim Collins Collins, Jim 11

3 A Journey To Authentic Leadership Sally Helgesen Helgesen, Sally 15

4 Speaking Truth Is Power Alan M. Webber Webber, Alan M. 19

Key Learning Points: Lessons On Leadership Alan M. Webber Webber, Alan M. 24

Crossroads And Choices Alan M. Webber Webber, Alan M.

5 Everything Counts Peter Block Block, Peter 27

6 The Dancing Toll Taker Charles Garfield Garfield, Charles 31

7 Living "As If" William Bridges Bridges, William 35

8 Learning Journeys As Great Teachers Robert Rosen Rosen, Robert 39

Key Learning Points: Crossroads And Choices Robert Rosen Rosen, Robert 42

Leading, Learning, And Teaching Robert Rosen Rosen, Robert

9 Shaping Experiences Stephen R. Covey Covey, Stephen R. 45

10 Teaching And Training James M. Kouzes Kouzes, James M. 53

11 The Learner's Point Of View James Belasco Belasco, James 57

12 Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants Paul Hersey Hersey, Paul 61

13 Nurturing Learning Partnerships Homa Bahrami Bahrami, Homa 65

Key Learning Points: Leading, Learning, And Teaching Homa Bahrami Bahrami, Homa 70

Seeing Yourself As Others Do Homa Bahrami Bahrami, Homa

14 Reach Into Yourself To Understand Others Nathaniel Branden Branden, Nathaniel 73

15 Lessons On Life From The Goddess Of Love Jay Conger Conger, Jay 77

16 Before Lunging Forward, Take A Step Back Carlos E. Marin Marin, Carlos E. 83

Key Learning Points: Seeing Yourself As Others Do Carlos E. Marin Marin, Carlos E. 87

Developing Self-Knowledge Carlos E. Marin Marin, Carlos E.

17 An Allegory For Learning...And Meaning Dave Ulrich Ulrich, Dave 91

18 Integrity Or Out Of Tegrity? Spencer Johnson Johnson, Spencer 97

19 Sometimes It Takes An Elbow In The Ribs Elizabeth Pinchot Pinchot, Elizabeth 103

20 Recognizing Leadership, Trusting Life Nancy J. Adler Adler, Nancy J. 107

Key Learning Points: Developing Self-Knowledge Nancy J. Adler Adler, Nancy J. 112

Unlearning What You Thought Was So Nancy J. Adler Adler, Nancy J.

21 What Strength Really Means Stratford Sherman Sherman, Stratford 115

22 Learning To Live With Questions Jay Galbraith Galbraith, Jay 119

23 True Learning Is Often Slow Robert W. Eichinger Eichinger, Robert W. 123

24 The Impact Of Paradigms On Change R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr. Thomas, R. Roosevelt, Jr. 127

Key Learning Points: Unlearning What You Thought Was So R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr. Thomas, R. Roosevelt, Jr. 136

Pain Is A Great Teacher R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr. Thomas, R. Roosevelt, Jr.

25 The Person In The Mirror Marshall Goldsmith Goldsmith, Marshall 139

26 My Wake-Up Call Frederic M. Hudson Hudson, Frederic M. 143

27 Making The Flat Side Round Beverly Kaye Kaye, Beverly 149

28 The Gain Is Worth The Pain David M. Noer Noer, David M. 153

29 What Do You Do When Things Go Wrong? Charles E. Dwyer Dwyer, Charles E. 159

Key Learning Points: Pain Is A Great Teacher Charles E. Dwyer Dwyer, Charles E. 162

Mentors Matter Charles E. Dwyer Dwyer, Charles E.

30 Does All That Make You Happy? Richard J. Leider Leider, Richard J. 165

31 Mentoring For Untapped Potential Lou Tice Tice, Lou 169

32 Seven Lessons On Teaching And Training Chip R. Bell Bell, Chip R. 175

33 Pushing Through To The Next Level Robert Fritz Fritz, Robert 181

34 Lessons From My Coach Joel Barker Barker, Joel 185

35 Contagious Influence Is A Wonderful Teacher Vijay Govindarajan Govindarajan, Vijay 189

Key Learning Points: Mentors Matter Vijay Govindarajan Govindarajan, Vijay 193

Afterword Vijay Govindarajan Govindarajan, Vijay 195

Forums For Learning Jodi Knox Knox, Jodi

Epilogue Jodi Knox Knox, Jodi 201

The Power Of Stories Richard Stone Stone, Richard

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