Power Up: Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
"Cohen and Bradford give both leaders and followers the tangibletools they need to create high performance. Their transformationalleadership system is both sophisticated enough to capture therealities of life in today's organizations and simple enough to beimmediately useful to managers in any part of the world. This bookwill be read, re-read, and sent to bosses everywhere."RosabethMoss Kanter, author of Rosabeth Moss Kanter on the Frontiers ofManagement"In Power Up, Bradford and Cohen not only convincingly argue thebenefits of leading by building a shared responsibility team, theyalso describe in detail how to do it. Loaded with many powerfulexamples and detailed cases that bring their concepts to life, thisbook will inspire any leader."Jerry Porras, coauthor of Built toLast and Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change,Stanford Business School"Traditional assumptions about the roles of managers andsubordinates are barriers to long-range success . . . Bradford andCohen provide practical insights into how to transform theleadership systems of modern business organizations, and theseinsights should be shared among employees and managers at alllevels."Yotaro Kobayashi Chairman and CEO, Fuji-Xerox"Post-heroic leadership and shared responsibility teams have made abig difference in how we operate at Autodesk. Power Up is criticalreading for every manager in high-tech." Carol Bartz Presidentand CEO, Autodesk"Power Up's message is clear: in today's business arena, globalplayers must rely on shared leadership, not a single voice.Post-heroic leaders place responsibility where the knowledge is: atevery level. Siemens is committed to this new way of working."Dr.Heinrich von Pierer President and CEO, SiemensCountless articles and books have called for an end to "heroic,"command-and-control management. In principle, at least, businesshas heeded that call. Acknowledging the need for employeeleadership and shared responsibility, companies worldwide haveinvested heavily in every variety of employee-empowerment program.Yet, such reform efforts seldom have any lasting effect, andmanagers and subordinates quickly slip back into oldfollow-the-leader patterns of thinking and behaving.Does this mean that the skeptics were right all along? Areparticipative management, self-directed work teams, and otherpopular empowerment programs just part of a futile effort to change"human nature"? Not at all, say David L. Bradford and Allan R.Cohen in this practical follow-up to their internationalbestsellers Managing for Excellence and Influence WithoutAuthority. They show conclusively that to believe this grosslyunderestimates human capabilities and sacrifices any chance forsuccess in today's fiercely competitive global marketplace.Drawing upon close observation of successful leaders and followers,Bradford and Cohen reconceptualize shared leadership to show how itrequires tough and decisive behavior from managers and those whoreport to them. The authors provide a blueprint for making it workpersonally and in your organization, whatever your position orformal power.Exercising their critically acclaimed talent for translatingcomplex concepts into actionable advice and guidance, they show howto create a dynamic, supercharged organizational culture of sharedresponsibility. Using many real-life examples and vignettes, theauthors reveal the mind-traps that keep organizations locked intooutmoded concepts of leadership. A pathbreaking contribution to thenew leadership from two pioneers in the field, Power Up armsmanagers with the concepts and tools to release the potential ofemployees for greater heights of productivity and performance.
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About the Author
DAVID L. BRADFORD is Senior Lecturer at Stanford UniversityGraduate School of Business, and a consultant to such leadingcompanies as Levi Strauss and Raychem.ALLAN R. COHEN is Chief Academic Officer and Edward A. MaddenDistinguished Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College. Healso consults to leading companies including General Electric andPolaroid.David L. Bradford and Allan R. Cohen are coauthors of thebestsellers Managing for Excellence and Influence WithoutAuthority, published by Wiley. Cohen is also the editor of ThePortable MBA in Management (also from Wiley).
Table of Contents
THE OLD AND THE NEW WORLDS OF LEADERSHIP.The Leadership Trap.Heroic Leadership: Where the Buck Stops Too Often.Post-Heroic Leadership.The Making of a Post-Heroic Leader.Leader-Member Ambivalence.THE THREE ELEMENTS OF POST-HEROIC LEADERSHIP.Building a Shared-Responsibility Team.Creating Commitment to a Tangible Vision.Enhancing Power Through Mutual Influence.ESTABLISHING A SHARED-RESPONSIBILITY SYSTEM.Launching Change.Moving Change Forward.Addressing Conflict.Achieving Collaboration.Conclusions.Appendices.Notes.Index.