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The Unfinished Leader

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"A leader's work is never done--not only because of long to-do lists and frequent meetings, but because every leader must confront complex dilemmas that don't have easy answers, and in fact may not have any right answer at all. In business, as in life, the most perplexing issues aren't like math problems with a single solution. They are paradoxes: situations in which there will never be a single right answer, and they will be familiar to anyone in a leadership role. Should your company prioritize long-term investments, or short-term profitability? Will your incenitive plan measure and reward the performance of individuals, or teams? How can you devote enough time and energy to both your family and your coworkers? The Unfinished Leader is a guide for managing through paradoxes like these to ensure success across the organization. Leaders must first learn to recognize the problems they won't be able to solve, and confront the obstacles--in their own heads and in the organizations where they work--that will push them (wrongly) towards finding single solutions that don't exist. Then, they must develop the mindsets and skills that enable them to balance contradictory directions, fulfill competing demands, and adapt their approach over time. Based on over 30 years of consulting work with senior executives, as well as a series of exclusive interviews with 100 CEOs and top leaders in a wide range of companies about the paradoxes they face, The Unfinished Leader provides tested advice. The authors include vivid stories highlighting leaders and the real-world challenges they've faced at organizations such as Avon, Nike, Colgate, DeutschePost DHL, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.No one can, or should, look for perfect solutions to impossible solutions. The Unfinished Leader will help leaders at all levels understand that their true task is to guide themselves and their teams through impossible-seeming, ongoing situations--and, by reconciling competing outcomes, drive lasting success for themselves and their teams"--...

"The book provides practical advice on how leaders should develop themselves to be able to manage through and ultimately leverage paradoxes to move their organizations on." (Developing Leaders, August 2014)

Auteur

David L. Dotlich is chairman and CEO of Pivot Leadership, one of the world's largest providers of customized executive development for top leaders of Fortune 500 companies, including Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Nike, Microsoft, Ericsson, Aetna, Kimberly-Clark, KKR, Deutsche Post DHL, AbbVie, and many others. He is a successful entrepreneur who has started multiple companies and is a former executive vice president of Honeywell International. He is coauthor of eleven books, among them Head, Heart, and Guts and Why CEOs Fail. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and New York City. Peter C. Cairo is a consultant who advises CEOs and boards at companies such as BlackRock, Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Avon Products, ITW, PepsiCo, Thomson Reuters, Interpublic Group, KPMG, Boehringer Ingelheim, and the Carlyle Group. A noted author and speaker, he is coauthor of six books, among them Head, Heart, and Guts and Why CEOs Fail. He lives in upstate New York. Cade Cowan is the head of Pivot Leadership's global Leadership Practice and has led programs in thirty-one countries on five continents with firms ranging from Walmart to GlaxoSmithKline to Aetna. He was director of all global learning for Coca-Cola University, Bottling Investments Group (BIG), and program director at GE's Crotonville. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit pivotleadership.com



Texte du rabat

With the demands of technology, transparency, and constant connectedness, and calls for higher performance, leaders from the front line to the C-suite face complex dilemmas that cannot be easily denied or postponed. These perplexing, recurring issues are familiar to anyone in a leadership role today, including: * How do I balance my functional or business unit goals with the needs of my peers and the whole company? * How do I support and promote others while still advancing my own career? * How do I emphasize teamwork and still reward the "stars"? * Can I really devote enough time and energy to both family and work? These are not "problems" but paradoxes--situations in which there will never be a single correct solution--and while they make many leaders feel overwhelmed and challenged, this remarkable book provides help. The Unfinished Leader is a modern handbook for recognizing, facing, and inspiring others to expose the real issues that underlie paradoxes in modern organizations. Leaders must first recognize situations they will never be able to "solve" and understand how to confront the barriers--in their own heads and their organizations--that push them towards seeking ultimate solutions that don't exist. Leading through complexity requires giving up the illusion of control, consistency, and closure, while embracing the reality of being permanently "unfinished." Drawing from interviews with 100 CEOs and top leaders from a wide range of companies--such as Avon, Nike, Colgate, DeutschePost DHL, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and many more--The Unfinished Leader provides the mindsets and tools to recognize contradictory requirements, understand competing demands, and still be able to take action. No one can find or even should look for perfect solutions to impossible situations. The Unfinished Leader will help leaders at all levels understand and excel at their true task: guiding themselves and their teams through ongoing paradoxes, reconciling competing outcomes, continually changing and adapting, and thereby building lasting success.



Contenu

Foreword ix by Stephen H. Rhinesmith Preface xiii Introduction: Stepping Up to Complete Leadership 1 PART 1 THE CHALLENGE OF PARADOXES 9 1 Puzzles and Paradoxes 11 2 Jumping Over the Line 30 3 Obstacles to Leadership 52 PART 2 MINDSETS FOR LEADING THROUGH PARADOX 69 4 The Purpose Mindset 71 5 The Reconciliation Mindset 91 6 The Innovation Mindset 108 PART 3 TOOLS FOR LEADERSHIP 129 7 Scanning for the Right Paradox 131 8 Scenario Thinking 143 9 Stakeholder Mapping 159 10 Dialogue for Alignment 172 11 Quelling Confl ict 185 PART 4 YOUR PERSONAL CHALLENGE 201 12 Developing Yourself 203 Conclusion: Managing Personal and Public Paradoxes 224 Notes 229 About the Authors 239 Index 241

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Unfinished Leader
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781118455098
ISBN: 978-1-118-45509-8
Format: Livre Relié
Genre: Economie
nombre de pages: 288
Poids: g
Taille: H276mm x B276mm x T213mm
Année: 2014
Auflage: 1. Auflage