- 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: #1,590,010 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 whattheir role in the organizationneed to make informed decisionsand learn how to think flexibly.
A leader's most important asset is the ability to anticipatechanges in the environment and adapt to them quickly. The PreparedMind of a Leader presents an original and effective way to thinkmore flexibly about innovation, strategy, change, and problemsolving. Throughout the book, the authors include triggers forexploring how these ideas apply to an organization's uniquecircumstances. The Prepared Mind of a Leader helps readers preparefor the future by laying out a program for developing, maintaining,and mobilizing the key mental skills that define Prepared Mindleadership. These eight skills can be applied in a wide range ofsettings, from large-scale organizations to small entrepreneurialfirms:
Observingsearch out confirming and non-confirminginformation about your world view
Reasoningclearly explain why you are following a course ofaction
Imaginingvisualize new ideas for your company's policiesand practices
Challengingquestion your organization's assumptions andtest their validity
Decidingmake or influence decisions that will propelaction to progress
Learningmaster the information you need to keep you movingforward
Enablingoffer the people around you the knowledge, means,and opportunities to progress
Reflectinginvest time thinking abouttrade-offs and theconsequences of those trade-offs that result from our decisions
These skills provide a framework that the thoughtful leader ormanager can use to approach issues of strategy and innovation. Theauthors also show how to develop the skills further and apply themin 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 forthinking more deeply, differently, and effectively across a widearray of issues. It will be impossible to read this book withoutcoming away with several practical concepts and tools that can beapplied immediately."
—Neal Kulick, vice president, Global Talent Management,McDonald's Corporation
"Easy to read and understand, this book offers leaders at alllevels practical tools and a newway to think about leadership thatwill help you survive, and even thrive, as a leader."
—Jon Peters, president, The Institute for ManagementStudies
"Anyone running a business, a team, a work group, or simplytrying to better manage his or her life will benefit from ThePrepared Mind of a Leader. It's a great model for acceleratingleadership readiness in today's hypercompetitive markets."
—Thomas A. Gebhardt, president, Panasonic Factory SolutionsCompany
"For leaders who need to unleash the human capital locked withintheir organizations, this insightful and pragmatic read offersrealistic solutions to these universal issues."
—Jon Atchue, vice president human resources, REXAM BeverageCan North America
"The Prepared Mind of a Leader is the best kind of businessbook—it provides a timely and practical framework for how tothink, not what to think. This is a must-read for the nextgeneration of leaders, and those who are preparing them tolead."
—Clark Callahan, executive director, Tuck ExecutiveEducation, Dartmouth
"Welter and Egmon have identified key skill-building exercisesfor strengthening your leadership effectiveness. Like athletes whotrain to build muscle memory, these repetitions build the PreparedMind muscles. The authors show you how to do it usingbehavior-based theories that lead to practical workouts."
—William J. White, retired chairman and CEO, the Bell andHowell 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.