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Power Up : Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership

Power Up : Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471121220

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ISBN13: 978-0471121220
ISBN10: 0471121223
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Power Up : Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471121220

David L. Bradford and Allan R. Cohen

ISBN13: 978-0471121220
ISBN10: 0471121223
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Countless articles and books have called for an end to "heroic," command-and-control management. In principle, at least, business has heeded that call. Acknowledging the need for employee leadership and shared responsibility, companies worldwide have invested heavily in every variety of employee-empowerment program. Yet, such reform efforts seldom have any lasting effect, and managers and subordinates quickly slip back into old follow-the-leader patterns of thinking and behaving.

Does this mean that the skeptics were right all along? Are participative management, self-directed work teams, and other popular empowerment programs just part of a futile effort to change "human nature"? Not at all, say David L. Bradford and Allan R. Cohen in this practical follow-up to their international bestsellers Managing for Excellence and Influence Without Authority. They show conclusively that to believe this grossly underestimates human capabilities and sacrifices any chance for success in today's fiercely competitive global marketplace.

Drawing upon close observation of successful leaders and followers, Bradford and Cohen reconceptualize shared leadership to show how it requires tough and decisive behavior from managers and those who report to them. The authors provide a blueprint for making it work personally and in your organization, whatever your position or formal power.

Exercising their critically acclaimed talent for translating complex concepts into actionable advice and guidance, they show how to create a dynamic, supercharged organizational culture of shared responsibility. Using many real-life examples and vignettes, the authors reveal the mind-traps that keep organizations locked into outmoded concepts of leadership. A pathbreaking contribution to the new leadership from two pioneers in the field, Power Up arms managers with the concepts and tools to release the potential of employees for greater heights of productivity and performance.

Author Bio

Bradford, David L. : Stanford University

David L. Bradford is Senior Lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a consultant to such leading companies as Levi Strauss and Raychem.


Cohen, Allan R. : Babson College

Allan R.Cohen is Chief Academic Officer and Edward A. Madden Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College. He also consults to leading companies including General Electric and Polaroid.


David L. Bradford and Allan R. Cohen are coauthors of the bestsellers Managing for Excellence and Influence Without Authority, published by Wiley. Cohen is also the editor of The Portable MBA in Management (also from Wiley).

Table of Contents

THE OLD AND THE NEW WORLDS OF LEADERSHIP.

The Leadership Trap.
Heroic Leadership: Where the Buck Stops Too Often.
Post-Heroic Leadership.
The Making of a Post-Heroic Leader.
Leader-Member Ambivalence.

THE THREE ELEMENTS OF POST-HEROIC LEADERSHIP.

Building a Shared-Responsibility Team.
Creating Commitment to a Tangible Vision.
Enhancing Power Through Mutual Influence.

ESTABLISHING A SHARED-RESPONSIBILITY SYSTEM.

Launching Change.
Moving Change Forward.
Addressing Conflict.
Achieving Collaboration.
Conclusions.

Appendices.
Notes.
Index.

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