The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

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The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Alexander Grashow

When change requires you to challenge people's familiar reality, it can be difficult, dangerous work. Whatever the context--whether in the private or the public sector--many will feel threatened as you push though major changes. But as a leader, you need to find a way to make it work.

Ron Heifetz first defined this problem with his distinctive theory of adaptive leadership in Leadership Without Easy Answers. In a second book, Leadership on the Line, Heifetz and coauthor Marty Linsky highlighted the individual and organizational dangers of leading through deep change in business, politics, and community life. Now, Heifetz, Linsky, and coauthor Alexander Grashow are taking the next step: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership is a hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.

The authors have decades of experience helping people and organizations create cultures of adaptive leadership. In today's rapidly changing world, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership can be your handbook to meeting the demands of leadership in the midst of complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422131022
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 219,672
File size: 973 KB

About the Author

Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky are cofounders and Principals of Cambridge Leadership Associates and authors of previous books on adaptive leadership, with over fifty years of teaching and leadership consulting experience between them. Alexander Grashow is Cambridge Leadership Associates' Director of Consulting Practice and has extensive experience as a leadership consultant, teacher, and trainer.

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M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
With the danger of business collapse all around us, as a corporate HR director, I am continually searching for new and better books dealing with leadership. For me, leadership is the key (and only key) to long-term survival. With our leadership, we must continuously adapt to new realities if we are to live to fight another day. Important lessons within these pages are: 1. Leading with the courage and skill to challenge the status quo. 2. Deploy themselves with agility. 3. Mobilize others to step into the unknown. This book offers a realistic hands-on guide to making our leadership successful and more influential. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership will help me enhance my decision making process ensuring that I make not only make more correct decisions but that I make them in a timely manner. This book provides a thorough and systemic approach to assessing situations and provides guidance into the actions we should take. I particularly appreciated the diagrams, techniques, and activities that help assess the dangerous challenges that lie in our path. I recommend the Practice of Adaptive Leadership as it will help obtain the leadership skills needed in this complicated arena we call the business world. I would like to also recommend High Altitude Leadership. I believe that most readers will find that it is a very "adaptive" approach also. I hope you find this review helpful. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
So many of the world's problems, and the issues that businesses and people face every day, can seem intractable and unsolvable. Leadership consultants Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky propose a new way to lead the charge to change: "Adaptive leadership" calls for shedding outdated approaches and embracing new skills and attitudes to guide organizations in the 21st century. The authors' counsel combines wisdom from psychology, biology, language and business with a healthy dose of self-assessment to help you and your company face ongoing challenges. Filled with useful exercises, real-life examples and thoughtful asides, their book can help you make difficult decisions about change. This process takes time, energy and self-knowledge, but the rewards you and your organization will reap are worth it. getAbstract recommends this inclusive leadership manual and its lessons about leading adaptively to budding and current business leaders, heads of nonprofits, and politicians who face challenges that require new responses.
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I honestly wasn't expecting to find a book that talks about innovation and be able to capture my attention completely; usually you kind of nod off when you read a book that is taking a stab at something mathematically or doesn't offer you any interesting information, but this book was not only written very well, but it also offers numerous examples to help its readers associate themselves with the techniques discussed. If you ever find yourself wondering what kinds of things will help better your performance, in both your professional and personal life, then I would highly recommend reading this book. It really was an interesting read and was unique with its persepectives.
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