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Creating We: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking and Build a Healthy, Thriving Organization Paperback – June 4, 2007
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Believing - The belief section is a direct challenge to command-and-control leadership - something Glaser calls "followership" - which she describes as 'power-over' (exclusive, judging, dictating, punishing risk-taking, etc.), I-centric behavior. She contrasts this using the 'power-with' (inclusive, appreciating, developing, encouraging risk-taking, etc.) leadership (fellowship) model of the WE culture. This power-over mindset drives territorial and conflict thinking with its US/THEM outcome, and thus a power-over approach prohibits a WE culture with its benefical creativity and growth.
Learning - The five new leadership skills to be learned are:
1. understanding the culture - ability to understand the culture and your role in shaping it
2. embracing the possibilities - ability to move outside of your Comfort Zone and into new learnings
3. opening the space - ability to open up dialogue and create a feedback-rich environment
4. shaping the conversations - ability to share responsibility for creating the future together
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In Creating We, Glaser examines the self-centered, unimaginative, non-collaborative, and territorial environment of the traditional work place. The author terms this sort of work place as "I-centric." It's here where managers and leaders tap that the employee reservoir using negativity, distrust, fear, or with a focus on failure. This approach compromises the projects and efforts managers are seeking to complete.
Glaser offers a new way to handle conflict, collaboration and co-creation. She recommends managers shift from command-and-control leadership to a style that eliminates judgment, silos, fear and competitiveness, focusing instead on appreciation, aspiration and innovation (co-creating). Her methods involve using words and conversations that encourage optimism and power-sharing. Apparently, how we speak to and with people can greatly determine how motivated and willing they are to work.
A Vistage speaker and president of the executive coaching firm Benchmark Communications, Glaser has long been active in raising the cultural, collaborative and innovative potentials (or I.Q.'s) of organizations. "In 1986," she writes, "I was working with colleagues on the science of conversations.Read more ›
Some of the innovative ideas in this book include: balancing the growth principle of an organization with the nurture principle, the connection between conversations and long-term institutional direction, the profound power of co-creating, leadership and the patterns in our brains and neurons (this alone is worth the price of the book), leadership and cultural boundaries, rewiring-revising-rebirthing, the new rules of engagement and the three new challenges faced by any leader, how to expand your comfort zone, people don't fear change--they fear pain, leading by opening space, and many others.
When Orrin Woodward and I wrote the book LeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead, we made a case that American needs a lot more people to stand up and be leaders in our society. In Glaser's book, she outlines 7 leadershifts (yes, she uses that exact word) that teach us how to be better leaders.
This is an excellent book. It reminded me of the depth and excellence of Goleman's Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, ...Read more ›
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The best book on coaching/consulting I have in my library. Many insights and deepening thoughts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant thoughtful book needed for 21st century leadershipPublished 15 months ago by yvonne coburn
Practical advice based on good research. Usable practices on a very necessary issue! Every businessperson should read a copy. Highly recommended.Published on November 4, 2013 by MD Pryke
Conversational Intelligence should be required reading for all companies! It is a must read book which provides critical insight for executives who want to get the most out of... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Claire Harris
Glaser has led the way in the "we" revolution. Other books are following...but it was she who has been talking about this for a long time now. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Day5
I ordered this book because I am pursuing my doctorate in education and I was in a leadership class. This book was a great source for many of my assignments.Published on April 14, 2009 by Amazon Customer