Exception to the Rule: The Surprising Science of Character-Based Culture, Engagement, and Performance

Exception to the Rule: The Surprising Science of Character-Based Culture, Engagement, and Performance


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Exception to the Rule: The Surprising Science of Character-Based Culture, Engagement, and Performance by Peter J. Rea, James K. Stoller, Alan Kolp

The antidote to navigating turbulent times isn’t more rules. It is timeless virtue that creates sustainable value.

Thoughtful leaders are keenly aware of the enormous challenge they face to drive high performance in a world that continues to ratchet up pressure and uncertainty. Some leaders respond by getting tough and establishing strict rules. They get people in line, but they don’t inspire excellence. Wise leaders, on the other hand, help their people practice character to navigate their way through the turbulence—without lowering performance expectations. As a result, their people are more reliable under pressure.

Exception to the Rule links ancient wisdom with contemporary science on high performance, teamwork, and engagement. Building an organizational culture based on classical virtues―of trust, compassion, courage, justice, wisdom, temperance and hope―is both strategically smart and a better way to live.

Exception to the Rule walks you through the steps of helping everyone in your organization focus on character defined by virtue. The word virtue means excellence, which is why each one is essential to help people perform at a high level despite uncertainty and pressure. Under character-based leadership, teams work better together, creativity flourishes and engagement increases.

The most powerful idea of Exception to the Rule is this: character defined by virtue is not based on birthright; it can be learned and practiced. Everyone can develop habits to become better than they were. While character cannot be legislated, character can be cultivated.

As virtue proves its value, the culture you have can evolve into the culture you need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260026832
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 315,203
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter J. Rea is Vice President, Integrity and Ethics at Parker Hannifin, Baldwin Wallace University Business Professor, and Co-Founder, Center for Innovation and Growth.

James K. Stoller, MD, MS, is Professor and Chairman, Education Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and Samson Global Leadership Academy Endowed Chair.

Alan Kolp is Baldwin Wallace University Endowed Chair in Humanities and Co-Founder of the Center for Innovation and Growth.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Trust

Chapter 2: Compassion

Chapter 3: Courage

Chapter 4: Justice

Chapter 5: Wisdom

Chapter 6: Temperance

Chapter 7: Hope

Chapter 8: Integrity--A Growth Market

Chapter 9: Classical Solutions to Contemporary Challenges

Epilogue and Takeaways



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