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The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World Hardcover – May 18, 2009
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Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky are cofounders and Principals of Cambridge Leadership Associates and authors of previous books on adaptive leadership, with over fifty years of teaching and leadership consulting experience between them. Alexander Grashow is Cambridge Leadership Associates Director of Consulting Practice and has extensive experience as a leadership consultant, teacher, and trainer.
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It's a thorough overview of what you do to develop your leadership - approaching all aspects of your leadership with a reflective and experimental process.
I have a hard copy and use this soft copy for quick references.
I loved this book. Practical, clear layout and presentation of materials, challenging, and hopeful. The thing is - this is not about abstraction, this is about personal responsibility, commitment, courage, and action. If you see something that needs to be done, what are you doing about it?!
The book is organized into 5 parts:
1. Introduction: purpose and possibility - you are provided with instructions on how to use the book along with the theoretical underpinnings and background
2. Diagnosis: The system, the adaptive challenge, and the political landscape. Characteristics of an adaptive organization are identified
3. System Mobilization - Interpretation and Analysis, Interventions, political capital and actions, conflict, and building an adaptive culture
4. Seeing yourself - knowing yourself, clarify who you are, what you stand for, and your purposes
5. Deploy yourself - this is the personal responsibility part, connect to your purposes, engage courageously, inspire others, take risks, and thrive.
It's a wonderful book for self reflection and personal growth; it's a wonderful book for leaders wanting to examine leadership and see their organization anew.