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Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance Paperback – July 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1576756027 ISBN-10: 1576756025 Edition: a

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; a edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576756025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576756027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"This accessible and uplifting book translates years of social science research into actionable guidelines for leaders who wish to make a positive difference in the world."
--Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

"Kim Cameron provides a sound empirical basis for the link between positive executive behavior and outstanding business performance as well as practical strategies that leaders can apply to achieve extraordinary results through positive performance."
--Thomas Glocer, CEO, Thomson Reuters

"Positive Leadership brilliantly advances the argument for and validation of tangible strategies for creating extraordinary organizations. This work is comprehensive, well-documented, compelling, and insightful and represents a genuine contribution to the field."
--Jim Loehr, EdD, CEO and Chairman, Human Performance Institute

From the Back Cover

Written by senior scholars and internationally known authors, Positive Organizational Scholarship establishes a new field of study in the organizational sciences. While the concept of positive organizational scholarship encompasses the examination of typical and even dysfunctional patterns of behavior, it emphasizes positive deviance from expected patterns. Positive Organizational Scholarship examines the enablers, motivations, and effects associated with remarkably positive phenomena--how they are facilitated, why they work, how they can be identified, and how researchers and managers can capitalize on them. The contributors do not adopt one particular theory or framework but draw from the full spectrum of organizational theories to understand, explain, and predict the occurrence, causes, and consequences of positivity.

Positive Organizational Scholarship rigorously seeks to understand what represents the best of the human condition based on scholarly research and theory. This book invites organizational scholars to build upon and extend the positive organizational phenomena being examined. It provides the definitional, theoretical, and empirical foundations for what will become a cumulative body of enduring work.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Biernbaum on August 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book with hesitation, assuming it would fit the mold of other leadership fads and would wax poetic mostly using anecdotes and success stories. Happily, I was wrong. Kim Cameron has kept it to the essentials, while linking empirical research to effective leadership strategies - none of which are groundbreakingly new, but useful nonetheless. For anyone who has an interest in Appreciative Inquiry but is put off by it's new-ageiness, Cameron has drawn from similar concepts of Positive Psychology while using straightforward language any business person will find meaningful. If you're looking for more of the academic underpinnings, you may feel drawn to look up several of the studies referenced within the book for continued reading, as I did. If, on the other hand, you prefer a quick read and would appreciate having a cumulative checklist/action plan to help apply the suggested tactics, I strongly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 9, 2008
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A good leader can make mediocre workers good and good workers great. "Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance" is a leadership manual encouraging managers to inspire and motivate their workers to new levels using the advice and tips contained within. With four principle strategies, he goes over their implementation and also gives advice on motivating oneself along with their employees. "Positive Leadership" is solid and recommended reading for anyone in charge of the productivity of others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Stamm on April 5, 2009
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Positive Leadership introduces you to `positive deviant performance.' This is performance that is much more than plain old great performance. To use an example from this book, Cameron describes a government contractor who finished a job 60 years sooner than expected and 30 billon dollars cheaper than expected. You begin to envision what this positive deviant performance looks like and how it could transform your team. The good news is that according to Kim Cameron it is possible to achieve in most organizations. This book tells you how. It outlines the characteristics common to organizations producing such results backed up by his extensive research. I'd highly recommend this book, but if you are not sure you can listen to an interview first with Kim Cameron as he discusses this book at: [...]

Susan Stamm, Author, 42 Rules of Employee Engagement
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Levy on October 13, 2009
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Positive Leadership is a leadership guide for the 21st Century. Research shows how leadership is changing, even over the last 5 years. Today's leaders need to be skilled at developing and building relationships and connecting with people, to bring out that huge potential everyone has, but rarely offers. This book, Positive Leadership, is all about harnessing that hidden potential within people, but in a big way. Especially by accessing the right brain - the enormous intuitive intelligence we all have.

Instead of typical problem solving, which goes on today in 90-percent-plus of everything, whether it involves medicine, education, psychology or business, Cameron urges leaders not to ignore problems, but to set abundant visions. The world is fixated on fixing problems. However, what if we set our sites higher than just "normal," with intentions of achieving something extraordinary? As an example, in another book by Cameron, which he references in Positive Leadership, called "Making the Impossible Possible," he talks about the Rocky Flats nuclear arsenal, the most dangerous place in America at one time. A major analysis, costing about $18 million, to show what it would take to clean it up, estimated 70 years and $36 billion. But through positive leadership, over 200 innovations led to much more than just a clean-up - their abundant vision was to create a wild life refuge. After only 10 years, and a savings of $30 billion, their abundant vision came to fruition.

As a consultant, I use positive leadership tools in my practice and see people achieving extraordinary accomplishments - beyond the expectations of everyone. Positive leadership is all about creating positive emotions in people. Along the lines of emotional intelligence - but a lot more focused.
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