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"[Berger and Johnston] focus on several perspectives and actions that leaders can use to guide their organizations through difficult times . . . This well-written and well-researched book will especially appeal to those in leadership positions who are looking for effective tools to deal with change and challenges . . . Recommended"—T. R. Gillespie, CHOICE


"Three cheers!!! This book doesn't just tell you how. It shows you how to become a more effective leader in conditions of complexity and vulnerability—in other words, circumstances that we face all the time. Rather than a simple recipe that fits some adolescent dream of perfection, it's an invitation into lifelong learning that will transform you and your organization. Welcome! All aboard?"—William R. Torbert, Boston College and Principal, Action Inquiry Associates


"This book is a superb exploration of the ways that complexity calls on leaders to think, act, and engage differently. It will leave you with a few simple, yet powerful, habits that will change you as a leader . . . and a person. A landmark work!"—Michael Rennie, Global Leader, McKinsey & Company, Organization and Leadership Practice


"Garvey Berger and Johnston are superb teachers! Simple Habits for Complex Times is a perfect blend of 'story' and 'lesson.' You'll keep turning the pages and the pages will turn you into a better leader."—Robert Kegan, Harvard University and co-author of Immunity to Change


"Faced with dramatic change, leaders in all sectors must boldly think anew. As a woman from the global south, leading a large global non-government organization, I need new models and approaches to leading in this new world. Keith and Jennifer offer me stimulating and refreshing advice on how I can think and act differently to achieve enduring change."—Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
"This is the perfect guide to corporate transformation. Changing consumption patterns are turning business models upside down. Garvey Berger and Johnston show you how to drain the swamp of ambiguity, squarely face unexpected challenges, and seize new opportunities."—Eric Passmore, Chief Technology Officer, Online Publishing and Media, Microsoft Corporation
"Faced with dramatic change, leaders in all sectors must boldly think anew. As a woman from the global south, leading a large global non-government organization, I need new models and approaches to leading in this new world. Keith and Jennifer offer me stimulating and refreshing advice on how I can think and act differently to achieve enduring change."—Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
"Berger and Johnston offer a refreshing and bold take on meeting the challenges of leadership, fearlessly slaying sacred cows of previous theories to illuminate a model for the emerging future."—Erica Ariel Fox, New York Times bestselling author of Winning From Within
"This is mandatory reading if you want a shot at navigating complexity with grace. Jennifer and Keith render complexity visible, accessible, and workable. We all know about the pressures of uncertainty and the rapid pace of change, but 'the how' of being a leader has been unfathomable—until now. "—Gayle Karen K. Young, Chief Talent and Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

About the Author

Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston are founding partners of Cultivating Leadership, a global leadership consultancy. Jennifer is the author of Changing on the Job. Keith is the former Global Chair of Oxfam International. Follow them on CultivatingLeadership.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books (February 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804788472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804788472
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This text builds on Jennifer Berger's "Changing on the Job," which outlines the different ways in which one can make meaning (i.e., one's developmental capacity). This new text also does that, but goes one step further by showcasing through storytelling what it looks like, in practical work settings, to hold a self-transforming way of making meaning. Since operating from this capacity is a little foreign to me at this stage in my life, I really appreciated seeing how it could play out. As I continue on my journey as a scholar and practitioner in student affairs/higher education, I anticipate on returning to this text as well as "Changing on the Job." In fact, I see myself utilizing both texts in potential future classes I teach in student affairs/higher education.
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An easy to read journey into leading in worlds where everything changes constantly and the way forward is not clear. Garvey Berger and Johnston understand complexity and have practical suggestions for leading through uncertainty even when the stakes are high.
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I loved the way the authors have succeeded in finding a form which combines the ongoing telling of a story (based on real practice experience I presume), with introduction/reflection on theory, models, simple practice habits etc. It made the book very engaging both emotionally and intellectually. It was quite a treat to see that work so well, especially since in my own PhD I have myself been experimenting with this idea of an alternative form and exploring ways to combine a compelling narrative with analytical reflections/discussions – so I was very happy to see an example of that really working out well.

I believe this book offers great support for promoting the ideas of adult development and a complexity approach to leadership.
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Clearly a five-star. Garvey-Berger and Johnston have taken important topics for leading in today's globalized world--the Cynefin Framework, the need for leaders to practice habits of mind that are "deliberately developmental" and grow "head space," polarities thinking, action learning, adult developmental theory and more and woven these important topics together in a clear, lucid way. The book is an easy read. A great case is presented throughout as an illustrative example of how these important topics are applied.
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This book is a masterful exploration of contemporary complexity and the ways of thinking, feeling, and social relating required to navigate complexity effectively. The writing is accessible and the use of stories powerful in illustrating the authors' points. A must read for educators and organizational leaders who are committed to effective leadership.
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I've been a NGO CEO/ED in complex environments for the last 25 years and have just finished the book. Simply put - it is brilliant, the BEST tool I have ever had in leadership. Full stop. When reading a chapter, the ideas and questions I formed in response, were picked up and explored in the next chapter. When I questioned how this would play out in practice (a common lament for practicing CEOs) the stories helped me see it both work and evolve further than the previous text had described. I've been consciously amending my habits and challenging my mind-set and am having this weird experience as a result. As I realise I am needing to learn more, there’s a question I need to ask, or a set of perspectives I haven’t heard …… miraculously the perspectives/answers from others are falling into my lap just at the time I needed them most – magic! I know, not really, but changing my habits with the guidance of the book is sure letting the light shine in.
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I finished this book and immediately began to read it over again. Not because it wasn't clear, but because the simple habits are anything but simple to understand AND compellingly critical to implement. This book is a must read for anyone contemplating anything in the 21st century. The authors follow the stories of leaders from two different sectors trying to move their organizations through what they term "swamp" issues, now more typical than not in these murky complex times. Their interpretations are easy to follow, yet caused me to consider so often "how (indeed) I could be wrong."
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It's not news that leaders in organizations today are trying to become more effective in a volatile, uncertain, and complex world. But how? What new habits of mind or action can improve the effectiveness of leaders faced with intractable problems, planning for an unknown future, or creating value with others in new ways?

In this book the authors take readers on a thoughtful journey and make good on their promise to share powerful practices. I think this book will be a game changer for any leader ready to take a fresh look at how they think and how they approach their leadership challenges. Really. I am recommending this book to leaders in all types of organizations as well as those supporting the growth and development of leaders.
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