Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance [NOOK Book]

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Do you ever feel like the whole world is looking to you for leadership - even if it's just your own world? Today we find ourselves in similar places regardless of our business or organization. The pressures are on. Demands for new ideas and new talent are real. Growth seems to be on everyone's mind, whether it is to grow your business, expand your influence, multiply your supporters, increase your diverse talent pool, or gain market share. And, by the way, make it fast. A respected leader once shared with me that...
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Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance

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Overview

Do you ever feel like the whole world is looking to you for leadership - even if it's just your own world? Today we find ourselves in similar places regardless of our business or organization. The pressures are on. Demands for new ideas and new talent are real. Growth seems to be on everyone's mind, whether it is to grow your business, expand your influence, multiply your supporters, increase your diverse talent pool, or gain market share. And, by the way, make it fast. A respected leader once shared with me that the word leadership has a Germanic origin meaning to ''find a new path.'' What is encouraging amid all the chaos today is there is a constant stream of achievements rising up from individuals and organizations across the world finding new paths that are creatively addressing the problems we face with new thinking and a resurgence of our pioneering spirit as people. I wrote this book for you to experience walking on some of those new paths and, at the same time, take away everything you need to forge your own. The idea for this book arose out of observation, experience, participation, and inspiration from what seems a lifetime of study and practice that has involved putting our differences to work. The most meaningful part of the journey has come from those I met and learned from and with along the way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609944384
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/18/2008
  • Series: 0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,156,033
  • File size: 784 KB

Meet the Author

Debbe Kennedy is the founder and president of Leadership Solutions Companies, an award-winning women-owned enterprise specializing in custom leadership, organizational, and virtual-communication solutions and the Global Dialogue Center. She is known for her pioneering contributions in people-focused leadership-employee communications using Web 2.0 technologies and other social media. Formerly, she had a distinguished leadership career with IBM. She is the author of Breakthrough! The Problem-Solving Advantage: Everything You Need to Start a Solution Revolution.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

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    The cover of this book caught my eye as well as the title. I work for a company where we could really use the lessons of this book. Perhaps I can't change things by myself but I can start by changing myself and working with my own team to make a difference. I highly recommend this book to both those who are in a professional work environment as well as anyone who wants to make a difference in the world and create peace among by finding we are actually not that different as people and we have a lot to offer each other.

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    The author, Debbe Kennedy has written an excellent book in an area where modern industries and services need a tremendous amount of help. As a corporate director of human resources, I can attest to the strengths that an organization will acquire by following the edicts in this book. The book's goal is to create an environment and culture where naturally different people work together more effectively as they attain - and surpass - the organizational goals in leadership and performance.

    Debbe Kennedy shows how differences can mean much more than just the solidified categories such as race and sex. Her use of real-world examples of varying experiences and styles of management drive home the point that the area of diversity should never be shunned or viewed as a mere consequence but rather as the source of strength for future growth and excellence. In addition, I greatly appreciated the amount of research that went into this tome. This research lends an authorative tone to the work and makes it a compelling study in diversity.

    In today's age of hyper-blending of cultures, this book will be a great asset to those who approach the subject with an open mind and implement the ideas generated in this book. Diversity is the current situation and will grow by leaps and bounds as time progresses. For us to progress, we must learn to tap into this growing well of strength. Those who don't are sadly doomed to fail.

    I would also like to recommend Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success and High Altitude Leadership: What the World's Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership). Both are excellent managerial material.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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