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The Essential Bennis 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 047043239X
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Editorial Reviews

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"…anticipated the flourishing of collaborative efforts that laid down the architecture for open sourcing and information-sharing on a grand scale…" (Financial Times, 22nd October 2009)

"…anticipated the flourishing of collaborative efforts that laid down the architecture for open sourcing and information-sharing on a grand scale…" (The Irish Times, October 2009)

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"It is brilliantly curated…and a fine collection of [Warren Bennis’s] best thinking. I am thrilled to have it and I am sure the world will be as well."
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047043239X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470432396
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Bennis (Los Angeles, CA), born in 1925, is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, who is widely regarded as the pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership. He is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California. In the past decade, he served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, working with David Gergen.
Bennis has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and served as adviser to four U.S. presidents. He has served on the faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management and was Chairman of the Organizational Studies Department. He is a former faculty member of Boston University, former Provost and Executive Vice President of State University of New York at Buffalo and President of the University of Cincinnati. His global experience includes teaching at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta, INSEAD, the London Business School, and IMEDE (now IMD). In 2007, Business Week called him one of ten business school professors who have had the greatest influence on business thinking. He has received 20 honorary degrees and has served on numerous boards of advisors.
Bennis has written or edited 30 books, which have been translated into 21 languages, and many articles on three of his passions-leadership, organizational change, and creative collaboration. The Financial Times recently named Leaders as one of the top 50 business books of all time.
Bennis is proud of the four years he served in the U.S. Army, 1943-1947. At the age of 19 he was one of the youngest infantry commanders in Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His dream remains: to write a terrific one-act play.

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I have read and reviewed all of Warren Bennis' books and read most of his articles. Therefore, I was especially eager to examine this volume in which Bennis collaborates with 20 guest contributors on creating what is best viewed as a retrospective examination of the themes, issues, crises, failures, and achievements that have guided and informed - in some respects defined - his life and career thus far. The material is carefully organized within six Parts, each of which has an organizing theme: My Life as a Leader, How Organizations Create or Thwart Leaders, On Becoming a Leader, Leadership as Performance, Cultivating the Leader in Others, and finally, Leadership and the Media. Bennis provided a brief but remarkably enlightening introduction to each Part.

Presumably Patricia Ward Biederman (who co-authored Organizing Genius with Bennis and contributed "The Berkeley of the East" and "What Went Wrong") also assisted with the editing of the abundance of the material. However, the dominant voice is Bennis', as it should be, and he probably reveals more about himself (warts and all) than in any prior publication. I found all of the contributors' articles well worth reading and especially appreciated these:

Scott Snook and Rakesh Khurana on "The End of the Great Man"
James O'Toole on "A Corporate Fear of Too Much Truth"

Note: O'Toole's essay on "Speaking Truth to Power" in Transparency, co-authored with Bennis and Daniel Goleman, is a "must read" for all executives.
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By Bob Gill on September 20, 2015
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Recommended by Dave Logan of Tribal Leadership fame as the book to get if you're only getting one book by Bennis. Although some sections are somewhat dated, the many insights provided are illuminating, crystal clear and somewhat provocative considering when they were first published. The short sections made it easy to read in bursts without losing continuity. But the gold within those sections was delightful to uncover. Highly recommended. So much so that I've sent copies to colleagues and family.
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Warren Bennis is the distinguished professor of Management, at the University of Southern California
and the founding chair of the Leadership Institute.

The Leaning Ivory Tower, 1973, and The Unconscious Conspiracy: Why Leaders Can't Lead, 1976, were classics
before everyone else talked about "Leadership".

I enjoy reading all his books. Bennis books are original, make you think outside the box.

Fast foward to 2009, internet and global connections provide new paradigm for learning. E-Leader conferences took Leadership
to the next level,[...]
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Excellent read from Warren ...
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Dear potential buyers,

A leader's necessary foundation.

sincerely,

AHTL (aka Alex)
2009 Business & Finance Club at Harvard University -- Chief Human Resource Officer (summer interim)
Prevent Alcohol Risk related Trauma injuries for Youth program speaker
Laurence Decore Student Leadership Award
Mount Royal College (University) Student Leadership certification (X2)
Frances Caymre memorial Award
Canadian Red Cross Milestone Award
NCCP coaching certified
University of Calgary Student Success certification
University of Calgary Student Advisory Council (2007-08)
University of Calgary Team Leadership certification (X2)
University of Calgary Personal Leadership certification

Publication in the Herald & National Post on June 7, 2010 bio of me:
"A drunk and substance intoxicated driver hit Alex while he is riding his motorcycle years ago. A year of intense and difficult hospitalization taught Alex to persevere and had given him profound experiences. Alex speaking to the public, different schools/ students derive his humanity mandates. Advocating through education means is likely the greatest freedom that we currently have. Through education Alex gain and provide opportunities. Alex brings his non-profit business administration studies at Mount Royal College forward and indirectly leads to an opportunity to write to the Honourable Doug Horner, advanced education minister and the Honourable David Onley, lieutenant governor to help the transition to Mount Royal University. With blessings, Alex bring his study to Harvard University studying a graduate course. Alex scoring an "A" in the organization behaviour course signals his hard work, morale and value.
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