Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

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This audio book is Warren Bennis' true autobiography, direct from the source, before other biographies start to come out. Bennis' long and storied life and career are filled with insights about many of the people who helped (and hindered) him along the way. Characters include Douglas MacGregor, Abraham Maslow, Timothy Leary, Werner Erhard, Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Ann Landers, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and many more. In addition, Bennis' life and career has traversed eight decades, and the events of these ...

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Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

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Overview

This audio book is Warren Bennis' true autobiography, direct from the source, before other biographies start to come out. Bennis' long and storied life and career are filled with insights about many of the people who helped (and hindered) him along the way. Characters include Douglas MacGregor, Abraham Maslow, Timothy Leary, Werner Erhard, Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Ann Landers, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and many more. In addition, Bennis' life and career has traversed eight decades, and the events of these decades are brought home through his many stories. As a Jewish child in a gentile town in the 30s, a young army recruit in the Battle of the Bulge, a college student in the one of the first progressive precursors to the civil rights movement, a patient undergoing daily psychoanalysis for five years, and later a university provost during the Vietnam protests, Bennis has had a first-hand seat to many of the tumultuous episodes of recent history. They shaped him and his thinking and actions; he was and is both an amazing observer and a player in this history.

This audio book promises to be honest, warts and all, and at times revelatory. Bennis is an eloquent writer — one of the best in business — and he will be working closely with Patricia Ward Bierdeman, his longtime writer/collaborator and personal friend, to shape a unique and lasting audio book.

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"As a wonderfully honest reporter, Warren does not hesitate to discuss his disappointments and his mistakes, personal as well as professional. Yet this book has an excitement, an energy, a joie de vivre that is inspiring. As an essentialist, I suspect that Warren was born with an ebullient temperament. And yet at the same time, I must acknowledge that Warren is at the happiest point in his life right now, because the roles that he assumed in the last twenty years— master teacher, mentor, writer, pundit, and, yes, guru—are the ones into which he has grown. And they have made him what he is, just as surely as he excelled in them because of who he is." (Howard Gardner, The Washington Post, August 11, 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596594517
  • Publisher: Gildan Audio
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Bennis, born in 1925, is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as the pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership. Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at USC. In 2007, BusinessWeek called him one of ten business school professors who have had the greatest influence on business thinking. The Financial Times recently named his classic book Leaders one of the top 50 books of all time.

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Table of Contents

Prelude.

1 The Crucible of War.

2 Launch.

3 Rites of Passage.

4 Great Groups.

5 Fighting the Bull.

6 Going State.

7 A Year at Sea.

8 Coming Home.

9 The Crucible of Age.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    In this fascinating memoir, celebrated leadership guru Warren Be

    In this fascinating memoir, celebrated leadership guru Warren Bennis looks back on what he learned fighting in the US Army during World War II, studying at Antioch College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), experiencing psychotherapy, and working as a leader in academia throughout his eventful life. Bennis discusses the traits he discovered among successful leaders, including empathy, respect for others, and the ability to listen and to adapt. He explores the transformational “crucibles” he went through to become a leader and a leadership expert. getAbstract believes aspiring and current leaders in business, academia, the military and politics can learn from Bennis’s insights, experiences and observations about leadership.

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