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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787909998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787909994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A true breakthrough approach to contemporary leadership. The content enables awareness, development, understanding, and application of six competencies essential to guiding organizations through today's complex and ever-changing business environment. Further, it enables levels of individual and organizational introspection vital to the change and adaptation required in leading and managing through complex challenges."
--Michael A. Barker, executive director of leadership development and executive staffing, Verizon Communications

"No one in any managerial position can ignore this wonderful book, which teaches in a most practical-and interesting-way how to lead and manage effectively. Using real-life examples, the authors painstakingly detail a step-by-step methodology which will literally transform your thinking and take you into the exciting world of creative leadership!"
--Kirpal Singh, professor and director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Singapore Management University.

"The creative process has been captured at last, and what a ride. True to the best of learning theory, elegantly simple. A must-read for leaders with the courage to walk on the edge."
--Bernice McCarthy, president, About Learning, Inc.

"Horth and Palus understand the critical role leaders play in creating an environment for productive social engagement in turbulent times. Their practical advice is a must-read for leaders at all levels."
--Kevin E. Kirby, vice president for administration (health sciences), Columbia University, and former executive officer, National Institutes of Health

"The manager just tapped to become a senior leader may have an abstract fear of the new, and a new fear of the abstract-giving rise to questions that begin with 'How do I?' This book maps new avenues to thoughtful and meaningful answers to some of the more befuddling of these questions."
--Hunton Tiffany, chairman, The Fauquier Bank, Warrenton, Virginia.

"The consciousness of leadership and its effects on any organization is more important than ever in our world of increasing speed, complexity, and unpredictability. This book is a valuable contribution to help apply efficient leadership in today's world."
--Ingar Skaug, president and CEO, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines AS, Norway

"This well-written book moves beyond creativity theory and provides the reader with enabling tools that will greatly assist in developing creative individuals and environments. Through a series of engaging techniques the authors have given us new ways of stimulating the creative impulse that is resident in all of us. Highly recommended."
--Maurice Terry, president and CEO, Guelph Food Technology Center, Guelph, Canada

"The authors' collaboration has produced a 'work of art,' a useful, simple look at six key competencies everyone should explore and apply."
--Michael A. Cafasso, president and CEO, Pueblo Bank and Trust, Pueblo, Colorado

"At last, a full-spectrum palette for all sorts of creative leaders. This book feels like one of those beautiful Italian artist's sets I sometimes see--full of high-quality paints, brushes, and delightful surprises, practically guaranteed to produce living rainbows."
--David Barry, professorial chair of organizational creativity, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


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The tasks faced by organizations today are increasingly complex, and leaders find themselves faced with challenges from all sides: accelerating technology, deregulation, mergers and acquisitions, shifting demographics, new business models, and an uncertain economy. Indeed, to many these challenges seem insurmountable, because traditional management skills are simply not enough to cope with them. The Leader's Edge offers a breakthrough approach to dealing with such situations, showing how to tap into a set of unique creative competencies that are necessary to survive and thrive in this turbulent environment.

Based on seven years of research on several hundred individual leaders and teams from a variety of industries and disciplines, The Leader's Edge identifies the insight, skills, techniques, and wisdom that separate true leaders from merely effective managers. The key to truly creative and successful leadership, say Charles J. Palus and David M. Horth, lies in adding six key competencies to traditional leadership skills: paying attention, personalizing, imaging, serious play, collaborative inquiry, and crafting. The authors reveal how any leader can access and use these sensibilities and skills to make sense of rapid change and complexity-and thus provide an invaluable "leader's edge."
The Leader's Edge will help managers recognize the competencies they already have and develop them further. It will give them a practical understanding of how the creative competencies, when integrated with traditional skills, are vital to the essential process of making sense. And it will show them how to help their organizations and communities develop and use these competencies to create shared understanding, and so better navigate and resolve complex challenges.

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Quite useful concepts and tools are presented in this book to help facilitate that process.
Joe Michael Smith
I believe that this book will be very helpful to leaders who are seeking to improve creativity, teamwork, and innovative problem solving.
Christopher Goff
It is an academic read so put your cap and gown on but when you finish it you will be glad you did.
Alan D. Creedy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Brandt on February 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am an organization development consultant who specializes in innovation and have been using the practical tools that Palus and Horth highlight succinctly in this book with clients such as Exxon/Mobil, Los Alamos National Laboratory and others. Without exception, leaders in these organizations have found the tools insightful and enlightening when applied to unique, complex challenges.
Based on long years of research from the Center of Creative Leadership, the authors have truly put their learnings into a book that is refreshing and easy to read. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for novel ways for groups and teams to interact-- by putting something different "in the middle"--in order to breakthrough (to understand this, you'll have to read the book!) Powerful favorites for me have been "visual connections" and new ways of looking at R&D scorecards.
Have fun with this book and most of all-- experiment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Sessa on December 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a leadership development consultant, I found this book a refreshing break from current best sellers that emphasize and glorify the characteristics of individual leaders--I read it cover to cover, word for word. Using long term research and case studies as support, Palus and Horth describe 6 competencies needed to go beyond traditional leadership as we typically know it in order to handle today's complex challenges. The 6 competencies are quite different from those we are familiar with, even opposite of what we often hear: paying attention, personalizing, imaging, serious play, co-inquiry, and crafting. Recognizing that much leadership of complex challenges occurs in a variety of ways-within individuals, between individuals, and within groups, when Palus and Horth give advice on developing the competencies, they discuss developing your own, other people's, and what these competencies look like at the group level. They include two more neat ideas that fit in well with the point they are trying to get across in the book. If you are skeptical about any of the competencies, they invite you to experiment and expand. Second, they include discussions regarding when these competencies are important and when they are not--recognizing that not all situations call for these competencies. I can't wait to incorporate these ideas into my own leadership and into my development of others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Goff on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a book that you will want to add to your leadership library. Palus and Horth take a creative approach to leadership and have focused their research on key competencies that sucessful leaders employ to tackle complex challenges.
The authors provide an interesting counterpoint to much of traditional leadership theory. I believe that this book will be very helpful to leaders who are seeking to improve creativity, teamwork, and innovative problem solving. The book steps through new ways of thinking about leadership and gives detailed examples of how these concepts are put into practice.
All leaders, and business leaders in particular, are constantly seeking new ways to inspire, motivate and improve performance. "The Leader's Edge" provides fresh new ideas that may be helpful to you.
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Format: Hardcover
I've used the Center for Creative Leadership to provide leadership training, executive coaching, and career development programs for myself, for senior managers on my team and for many executives that I have supported around world. So when CCL's 40 years of experience are channeled into a how-to book on not just creative leadership strategies but specific steps that result in improved work performance, it's on my bookshelf along a small library of other CCL books.

The Leader's Edge was published in 2002, and still possess all the relevance necessary for today's rapidly changing world. The book takes 7 years of research on effective leadership by it's authors, faculty at CCL, and organizes it into 6 competencies that must be added to the skill-set of any traditional leadership model:

paying attention
personalizing
imaging
serious play
collaborative inquiry
crafting

Filled with practical tips and relevant examples, The Leader's Edge is a how-to book for managers to self-evaluate their own skill-set, and a guidebook of real-world steps to implement the 6 competencies.
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By Alan D. Creedy on April 17, 2011
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one of the best leadership books i have ever read. Palus and Horth really nail it. It is an academic read so put your cap and gown on but when you finish it you will be glad you did.
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