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The Conscious Leader: Nine Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace Hardcover – May 19, 2014
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“The Conscious Leader is a splash of cold water in the face of sleepwalking and mindless executives and managers; Reciniello has written a thoughtful, practical, accessible, antidote for leaders committed to greater self-awareness and to more reflective organizations.”
-- Michael A. Diamond, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Organizational Change, University of Missouri
“Vulnerability is one of the most powerful components for success in organizations followed by trust and transparency. Yet we push these out of our consciousness and create cultures where people can speak up and hide at the same time for fear their real selves will not be valued. The Conscious Leader provides insights that nudge us to wake up and become aware of all the subtle signals we send each other. Waking-up and becoming conscious is an essential step for new leadership everywhere.”
-- Judith E. Glaser, CEO, Benchmark Communications, Inc.; author of Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results
“Reciniello has taken a difficult and tricky subject - Freud and psychoanalysis - and made it understandable and approachable in the context of business and leadership. This is a welcome addition to all leadership books out there today.”-- David C. O’Leary, Former Global Head of Human Resources Credit Suisse First Boston, former Global Head of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer, State Street Corporation
About the Author
Dr. Shelley Reciniello has spent her 34 year career as a psychologist determined “to give psychology away,” by demystifying psychological and psychoanalytic principles, and providing people and organizations with thoughtful, practical information and methods to change their lives. She has provided employee assistance programs, executive coaching, and organizational consultation to leading corporations, including Avon, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and divisions of Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and General Electric, nationally and globally. She offers her expertise in leadership through coaching and development programs to such diverse industries as finance, fashion, education, technology, entertainment, and the arts.
Dr. Reciniello has a Clinical/Social Psychology Doctorate from the Graduate Faculty of the New School For Social Research and is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. She has appeared on television, radio, and been quoted in varied publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Glamour, Elle, and the Reuters international publications network. A popular speaker, her presentation goals are to inform, assist, entertain, and inspire.
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One of Dr. Reciniello’s “missions” is to demystify psychology ….”giving it away” as she states. She has given us a gift with this book.
She truly desires to help people gain clarity and understanding as to how to begin to become self-aware and conscious. She provides real life examples to help readers “see” how the unconscious manifests in so many ways that may hinder us in the workplace. The book is focused on our professional lives but becoming “aware” and “conscious” benefits our personal lives also.
Although this book is focused on business and leadership I believe anyone interested in how to begin to be more self-aware, mindful, and conscious will enjoy this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Dr. Reciniello’s intelligence, wit, and compassion shine throughout its pages.
Debra A., LMHC
Corporate psychologist Shelley Reciniello reveals the top nine most important psychological issues that undermine companies and leadership today.
What are the most common causes behind failed leadership?
What hinders talented employees from reaching their fullest potential?
More often than not, the root cause behind these issues exists beneath the surface as individual underlying psychological issues that “unconsciously” lead to problems in the company.
The Conscious Leader offers a fascinating look into the psychology of good (as well as bad) leadership. Shelley Reciniello examines these issues with a Freudian approach, sharing unique insight and experiences from her career as a Corporate Psychologist through amusing anecdotes and real-life examples.
An excellent book for those in leadership roles who want to better understand the root motivations behind challenging behaviors in the corporate environment. While Reciniello offers some interesting insight in the book, I do wish that there had been a stronger effort to create a more concise “plan of action” to help the reader rectify the issues they may be dealing with in their work environment. In this regard, I feel that perhaps there were too many anecdotes and too few instructive ideas on ways to improve employee/employer relations. However, for those interested in examining these issues from a Freudian-based psychological perspective, this book offers a wealth of information.
Rating: 3 stars
I received a free copy of this book from LID Publishing in exchange for an honest review.