- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787976806
- ISBN-13: 978-0787976804
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Prepared Mind of a Leader: Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions, and Solve Problems 1st Edition
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In today's complex business climate, peopleno matter what their role in the organizationneed to make informed decisions and learn how to think flexibly.
A leader's most important asset is the ability to anticipate changes in the environment and adapt to them quickly. The Prepared Mind of a Leader presents an original and effective way to think more flexibly about innovation, strategy, change, and problem solving. Throughout the book, the authors include triggers for exploring how these ideas apply to an organization's unique circumstances. The Prepared Mind of a Leader helps readers prepare for the future by laying out a program for developing, maintaining, and mobilizing the key mental skills that define Prepared Mind leadership. These eight skills can be applied in a wide range of settings, from large-scale organizations to small entrepreneurial firms:
Observingsearch out confirming and non-confirming information about your world view
Reasoningclearly explain why you are following a course of action
Imaginingvisualize new ideas for your company's policies and practices
Challengingquestion your organization's assumptions and test their validity
Decidingmake or influence decisions that will propel action to progress
Learningmaster the information you need to keep you moving forward
Enablingoffer the people around you the knowledge, means, and opportunities to progress
Reflectinginvest time thinking abouttrade-offs and the consequences of those trade-offs that result from our decisions
These skills provide a framework that the thoughtful leader or manager can use to approach issues of strategy and innovation. The authors also show how to develop the skills further and apply them in everyday life.
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Praise for The Prepared Mind of a Leader
"The Prepared Mind of a Leader provided me a road map for thinking more deeply, differently, and effectively across a wide array of issues. It will be impossible to read this book without coming away with several practical concepts and tools that can be applied immediately."
—Neal Kulick, vice president, Global Talent Management, McDonald's Corporation
"Easy to read and understand, this book offers leaders at all levels practical tools and a newway to think about leadership that will help you survive, and even thrive, as a leader."
—Jon Peters, president, The Institute for Management Studies
"Anyone running a business, a team, a work group, or simply trying to better manage his or her life will benefit from The Prepared Mind of a Leader. It's a great model for accelerating leadership readiness in today's hypercompetitive markets."
—Thomas A. Gebhardt, president, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company
"For leaders who need to unleash the human capital locked within their organizations, this insightful and pragmatic read offers realistic solutions to these universal issues."
—Jon Atchue, vice president human resources, REXAM Beverage Can North America
"The Prepared Mind of a Leader is the best kind of business book—it provides a timely and practical framework for how to think, not what to think. This is a must-read for the next generation of leaders, and those who are preparing them to lead."
—Clark Callahan, executive director, Tuck Executive Education, Dartmouth
"Welter and Egmon have identified key skill-building exercises for strengthening your leadership effectiveness. Like athletes who train to build muscle memory, these repetitions build the Prepared Mind muscles. The authors show you how to do it using behavior-based theories that lead to practical workouts."
—William J. White, retired chairman and CEO, the Bell and Howell Company, and professor, Northwestern University
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Above all, "The Prepared Mind" outlines a systematic approach to thinking, even with regard to such seemingly unsystematic activites like imagining. The book is chock-full of theoretical principles and insights, so, unless you have a background in educational theory and psychology, don't expect to breeze through it and magically turn yourself into a Prepared Mind leader. This is information that should be absorbed slowly and reflectively. I found it very helpful to pause often and remember situations where the thinking principles really applied.
Bottom line: Opportunities are hard to come by these days. A leaders who is prepared will find them and organize his/her company to exploit them.
This is a great book to take on your next airline flight....it will make the time go by quickly.