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The New Ecology of Leadership

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Beschreibung

After twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in crisis and in turnaround conditions, and having spent another two decades consulting, teaching, and writing, David K. Hurst has learned a great deal about organizations, how they function, and why they fail. Here, as a reflective practitioner, he crafts an extraordinary integration of management thought and practice. He adopts a systems perspective, using analogies drawn from nature, to illustrate his ideas and their practical application.This book is both for general readers unfamiliar with sophisticated management concepts and for active practitioners seeking to advance their management and leadership skills. The authors objective is to help readers make meaning from their own management experience and education and thus improve their practical judgment and wisdomto ask better questions of reality and tell more compelling stories about it. His approach takes an expansive view of organizations by connecting their development to humankinds evolutionary heritage and cultural history. It locates the origins of organizations in communities of trust and follows their development through the application of logic and their maturation in power. It also crucially tracks the decline of organizations as they age and shows how their strengths become weaknesses in changing circumstances. Hursts core argument is that the human mind is not rational in a logical sense but in an ecological way. In other words, it has evolved to extract cues to action from the specific situations in which it finds itself. Therefore contexts matter, and Hurst shows how passion, reason, and power deployed as tools and embedded in settings can be used to change and sustain organizations for good and ill. The result is an inspirational synthesis of management theory and practice that will resonate with every readers experience.

Autorentext

David K. Hurst



Klappentext

David Hurst has a unique knowledge of organizations-their function and their failure-both in theory and in practice. He has spent twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in crises and turnaround conditions, and is also a widely experienced consultant, teacher, and writer on business. This book is his innovative integration of management practice and theory, using a systems perspective and analogies drawn from nature to illustrate groundbreaking ideas and their practical application. It is designed for readers unfamiliar with sophisticated management concepts and for active practitioners seeking to advance their management and leadership skills.

Hurst's objective is to help readers make meaning from their own management experience and education, and to encourage improvement in their practical judgment and wisdom. His approach takes an expansive view of organizations, connecting their development to humankind's evolutionary heritage and cultural history. It locates the origins of organizations in communities of trust and follows their development and maturation. He also crucially tracks the decline of organizations as they age and shows how their strengths become weaknesses in changing circumstances.

Hurst's core argument is that the human mind is rational in an ecological, rather than a logical, sense. In other words, it has evolved to extract cues to action from the specific situations in which it finds itself. Therefore contexts matter, and Hurst shows how passion, reason, and power can be used to change and sustain organizations for good and ill. The result is an inspirational synthesis of management theory and practice that will resonate with every reader's experience.



Inhalt

Acknowledgments Introduction: What to Expect Part I: The Dimensions of Change 1. Lost in Management Thought 2. Economics, Evolution, and Ecology 3. Scale in Space and Time 4. Why Wal-Mart's Growth Is like a Forest's 5. The Ecocycle: Life, Death, and Renewal 6. The Ecocycle in Human Organizations Part II: The Front Loop: Nothing Fails like Success 7. Communities of Trust 8. Logic and Power 9. Climbing the Ladder of Abstraction 10. The Product Life Cycle Meets the Ecocycle 11. The Pathologies of Power 12. The Onset of Crisis Part III: The Back Loop: from Crisis to Renewal 13. Wisdom from the Scriptures 14. Into the Wilderness 15. Climbing the Mountain 16. The Logic of Leadership 17. The Complete Ecocycle 18. Vice and Virtue Part IV: Staying in the Sweet Zone 19. Tools and Settings in the Sweet Zone 20. Power Tools and Settings: Instructions and Directions 21. Management Tools and Settings: Rules and Incentives 22. Leadership Tools and Settings: Images and Invitations 23. Culture Tools and Settings: Custom and Convention 24. Change in Depth 25. The Design of Choice 26. Lean: The Practice of "Both... And" 27. Prescribed Burns: Context, Conflict, Crisis, and Creation 28. Growing People 29. Don't Throw the Past Away Part V: A Brief Orientation and Field Guide 30. Using the Ecocycle: Key Concepts and Questions Notes Bibliography Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: The New Ecology of Leadership
Untertitel: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World
Autor:
EAN: 9780231504140
ISBN: 978-0-231-50414-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Wirtschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Veröffentlichung: 24.04.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.1 MB