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Systems Leadership: Creating Positive Organisations Hardcover – November 8, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0566087004 ISBN-10: 0566087006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing (November 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0566087006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0566087004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Like most leaders, I have initiated many changes in organizations - some were successful and others were disasters! While the changes may have been ultimately achieved, it was more trial and error, with loss of time, human capital and leadership trust. This book revolutionized my approach to leadership and cultural change. It is a "how-to", providing the requisite roadmap with many practical tools for the leadership tool belt to help transform efficiently any organization. Having worked across several mining and metals industries and in countries from the United States, to Wales and Russia, these tools transcend all cultures providing common, practical people-based concepts that will stay with you for a lifetime. This material is not "rocket science" - it is a refreshing reinforcement of the common sense behaviors all leaders must have to be successful, but may have lost in their search for the "quick fixes" or "silver bullets.'

About the Author

Dr Ian Macdonald is founder and director of Macdonald Associates, an international organizational development consultancy. Dr Catherine Burke is Professor at the School of Policy Planning and Development, University of Southern California, USA. Karl Stewart has held various management roles including Managing Director of Comalco Smelting (now Rio Tinto).

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Cooke on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent read. Good balance between theory and practicality. The management approach proffered has successfully underpinned Rio Tinto's management system for more than a quarter century.

Whilst the book is based on Elliott Jaques' studies and theories, it is well tempered by the managerial experience of its authors. The book is annoted with numerous stories of Rio's implementation challenges, and the benefits so derived.

Not necessarily a "How To" book, but full of good management sense backed by conceptual frameworks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jw on May 3, 2008
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This is a very readable and pragmatic book for anyone interested in understanding how people contribute to the organization's ability to act intelligently, learn, and produce results.

The book exemplifies "knowledge for action" in the sense that Chris Agyris used that term. The reader will pick up insights that are immediately useable and lay the groundwork for a powerful gestalt.

The authors focus on how all the puzzle pieces of the organization not only fit together but interrelate. The book is organized so the reader can focus on a particular area of interest, find just enough theory to prepare for a more practical examination, and read about real-world examples. The reader is not bogged down in theoretical details, and does not follow a recipe. Instead, he or she is given enough guidance and freedom to build up knowledge from a personal perspective.

Using a background of Elliott Jaques' stratification theory, the book examines how people interact with situations to accomplish work and produce results, why they succeed or fail, and how and why individual and organizational learning occur (or not).

The book is richly cross-referenced so the individual can examine a concept across topics, and it has an excellent index.

I highly recommend this book for any manager or student of management who is interested in learning organizations, strategy, personnel management, and knowledge management.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reg O'connell on July 15, 2011
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This book is well written based on the actual application of the concepts and principles in real businesses and not just a set of ideas cobbled together by consultants for a quick profit or because they seem like a good idea. The content of the book is well proven in practice and it works and the book helps in their learning very effectively.
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