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This invaluable book by Noel M. Tichy, the Michigan Business School professor who formerly ran GE’s legendary Crotonville Leadership Center, will teach managers to create corporate cultures based on values, ideas, and a sustained commitment to learning. Building on concepts he first introduced in the The Leadership Engine, Tichy argues that, in the new information-based economy, companies will succeed only if they become “teaching organizations” dedicated to generating ideas, focusing the attention of their employees upon those ideas, and ultimately transforming all this intellectual energy into real-world products and services. Although Tichy's goals may sound lofty, his book is actually an accessible and practical guide that will be greatly appreciated by both aspiring leaders and veteran executives.
There are two core concepts that you'll want to focus on when reading The Cycle of Leadership. The first is Tichy's definition of a “virtuous teaching cycle”: Unlike a vicious circle, in which failures build upon each other, a virtuous teaching cycle is the positive process that occurs when people at all levels are mutually engaged in helping their colleagues learn, grow, and achieve. Tichy's second core concept concerns the importance of having a "teachable point of view" (TPOV). If you've got a TPOV, then, in essence, you have something worthy -- a set of values, a sense of energy -- to share with your fellow workers. Rich with insight and a genuine passion for learning, this is a book that will truly make a difference in the lives of its readers. Bill Camarda