If you are a leader you are a culture-creator, for some kind of culture—a strong or shaky one, an inspiring or discouraging one, a vivid or fuzzy one, a healthy or toxic one—will be created and perpetuated on your watch. The only question is whether you will be an accidental or intentional culture-creator, and what kind of culture "soil" you will set out to create.
In Ways of the Relay-Racers, Brian J. Lewis explores what it means to develop a “way” that is passed forward by a team of relay-racers. What does it mean to identify "urgencies" for an organization—to be a time-teller and time-keeper? Since even successful leaders can become misleaders, how do you build a culture-strong organization that avoids the traps of the absent leader, the idealized leader, the misleader, or the leader who operates from a leadership island? What does it mean to operate with moral imagination, and lead in the area of everyday ethics? And should an organization be damaged or laid low by the fire of leadership dysfunction (a not uncommon occurrence), how do you rebuild and reimagine?
We are shaped by the questions we pose (and by how we answer them). Ways of the Relay-Racers is an inquiry into the culture-strong organization.
|Publisher:||Cereus Partners Inc.|
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Table of Contents
One. Culture Stories -- Fluid truth
Two. The Watcher and the Chicken Farmer – It’s all about the soil
Dominant traits / Who we honor – and why / Cultures that change
Three. In the Company of Relay-Racers --The art of baton-passing
Cultural certainties / What comes first /The well-chiseled baton / The art of the handoff / What is worthy of passing on
Four. The Good Guide and the Banks of the River -- Pilgrims on a way
The banks of the river / Guides on the way: the Yodas among us / Where have all the guides gone? / A Ph.D. in garbage-collecting
Five. The Melody We Hear -- Moral imagination and everyday ethics
Moral ambitions / Everyday ethics / Grey zones / A Ph.D. in garbage-collecting / Listening in stereo / Tenacity
Six. The Lobster in the Kettle -- How organizations lose their way
The absent king / The idealized king / The misleader / Leaders without peers, teams without conflict / The peril of Denethor / What the lobster knew
Seven. After the Fire -- Leaders who rebuild
Do I stay or do I go? / Acknowledge the fire / Surviving points of strength / Unlearn and dilute / Reimagine and repurpose
Eight. The Time-Keeper’s Question -- Urgencies of the hour
The first time-keepers / The time-tellers courage / We are here now
For Further Reflection