Cameron is the Ford Motor Company/Richard E. Cook Professor of Management and Associate Dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performanceby Kim S Cameron
Introducing a new leadership field of the same name, Positive Leadership presents a concise, accessible and practical guide to strategies that can help leaders reach beyond ordinary success to achieve extraordinary effectiveness, spectacular results, and positively deviant performance. Positive Leadership is based on analyses of organizations that have achieved
Introducing a new leadership field of the same name, Positive Leadership presents a concise, accessible and practical guide to strategies that can help leaders reach beyond ordinary success to achieve extraordinary effectiveness, spectacular results, and positively deviant performance. Positive Leadership is based on analyses of organizations that have achieved levels of success that are exceptional. For example, the Rocky Flats Nuclear Arsenal closure and cleanup crew completed their assignment 60 years ahead of schedule, $30 billion under budget, and made the area 13 times cleaner than was required by federal standards. This company's achievement far exceeded every knowledgeable expert's predictions of performanceit was abnormally positive. Carefully examining organizations such as this one has helped uncover some atypical leadership strategies that enable levels of performance which exceed expectations, excel beyond the norm, and reach almost impossible levels of excellence.
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"Positive Leadership" by Kim Cameron Kim Cameron's book "Positive Leadership" is part of the avalanche of management and general business self-help books that have descended on the marketplace in the last twenty years. Cameron makes a clear break from the usual collection of inspirational stories, and simplistic or overused maxims i.e. "seek to understand and then to be understood" and "think outside the box". "Positive Leadership" rises to the level of making you think, giving you ideas and inspiring action. These are the expected or normal outcomes when reading a book of this genre. It then rises above the norm--appropriate given the central theme of "positive deviance". Cameron uses a more scholarly approach to the central goal--to explain strategies that move an organization from the level of ordinary success to extraordinary or "positively deviant" success. He cites real world examples of positively deviant results, and backs them up with empirical studies from the last forty years of academic research. My sole negative feedback is the manner he employs to cite the empirical research. This kind of book is meant to be consumed by the manager stuck in an airport waiting for a flight, or by the business professional in their hotel room the night before a big speech. It is light on graphics and illustrations meant to help the reader seize on takeaways more easily.