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Leadership, Innovation and Change Management

  • Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving

    by James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick

    Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership (Rev.) offers concrete, functional skills necessary to practice servant leadership—to lead by serving first.

    Category: Servant Leadership, Organizational Leadership

  • Tribal Leadership

    by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright

    Within each corporation are anywhere from a few to hundreds of separate tribes. In Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright demonstrate how these tribes develop—and show you how to assess them and lead them to maximize productivity and growth. A business management book like no other, Tribal Leadership is an essential tool to help managers and business leaders take better control of their organizations by utilizing the unique characteristics of the tribes that exist within.

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-system Change (How Education Leaders Can Develop Creative, Productive School Cultures)

    by Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan

    Develop a creative, productive school culture. Based on their decades-long work in leadership, the authors offer seven core leadership competencies for systemic change in schools, districts, and state education systems. Discover targeted strategies to move past failed initiatives and overcome initiative overload, explore how to cultivate effective work practices, and gain the know-how to create enjoyable, innovative learning environments.

    Category: Education Leadership

  • Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

    by Adam Grant

    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. Praised by social scientists, business theorists, and corporate leaders, Give and Take opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary.

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

    by Adam Grant

    With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation's most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads 2017: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review (with bonus article "What Is Disruptive Innovation?")

    by Harvard Business Review

    We've reviewed the ideas, insights, and best practices from the past year of Harvard Business Review to keep you up-to-date on the most cutting-edge, influential thinking driving business today. With authors from Clayton M. Christensen to Adam Grant and company examples from Intel to Uber, this volume brings the most current and important management conversations to your fingertips.

    Category: Organizational Leadership, Innovation Leadership

  • Leading Change

    by John P. Kotter

    John Kotter's now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work. Leading Change is widely recognized as his seminal work and is an important precursor to his newer ideas on acceleration published in Harvard Business Review.

    Category: Organizational Leadership, Change Management Leadership

  • The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know

    by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

    A fresh look at what it means to lead from two of the biggest names in leadership. In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyond pessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what's real and what's proven. In their engaging, personal, and bold new book, Kouzes and Posner reveal ten time-tested truths that show what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader

    by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

    A comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery. The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be. Arguing that all individuals are born with the capacity to lead, Kouzes and Posner provide readers with a practical series of actions and specific coaching tips for harnessing that capacity and creating a context in which they can excel., Supported by over 30 years of research, from over seventy countries, and with examples from real-world leaders, Learning Leadership is a clarion call to unleash the leadership potential that is already present in today's society.

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    by Sheryl Sandberg

    In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can't do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

    Category: Organizational Leadership

  • Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems

    by Michael Fullan

    If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it's time to lead with coherence. Using the right drivers as your foundation, you'll bring people and ideas together—and implement the kind of lasting change that maximizes results. The key to success is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map with four essential components: focused direction to build collective purpose, cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation, and securing accountability from the inside out.

    Category: Education Leadership

  • Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition

    by Robert K. Greenleaf

    A classic work on leadership for business men and women, government leaders and all persons in positions of authority.

    Category: Servant Leadership, Government Leadership, Organizational Leadership

  • The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership

    by James C. Hunter

    The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice. You will learn that the principles in this book are neither new nor complex. They don't demand special talents; they are simply based on strengthening the bonds of respect, responsibility, and caring with the people around you. The Servant's message can be applied by anyone, anywhere—at home or at work.

    Category: Servant Leadership

  • The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader

    by James C. Hunter

    To lead is not to be "the boss," the "head honcho," or "the brass." To lead is to serve. Although serving may imply weakness to some, conjuring up a picture of the CEO waiting on the workforce hand and foot, servant leadership is actually a robust, revolutionary idea that can have significant impact on an organization's performance.

    Category: Servant Leadership

  • The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve Bottom-Line Performance

    by James A. Autry

    Servant leadership is leadership the right way—a better way of being a manager and part of organizational life. Servant leadership will produce fulfilling emotional, psychological, and spiritual rewards for everyone involved. It will enhance productivity, encourage creativity, and benefit the bottom line.

    Category: Servant Leadership

  • Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge

    by Darin Eich

    This book was built after designing, launching, and facilitating hundreds of innovation programs, projects, and workshops. Darin Eich has dedicated over a decade to help individuals, groups, and organizations with a variety of challenges.

    Category: Innovation Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age

    by Greg Satell

    Business innovation expert Greg Satell helps you find your way by revealing the four models of innovation: Basic Research, Breakthrough Innovation, Sustaining Innovation, and Disruptive Innovation. One size does not fit all, so he provides a framework—the Innovation Matrix—for discovering which "type" of innovation process best suits the problem you need to solve. It's about asking the right questions, so that you can apply the right strategies to the problems you need to solve.

    Category: Innovation Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation, 2nd Edition

    by Patrick Dawson and Costas Andriopoulos

    This bestselling text continues to provide a fresh approach to organizational change by linking it to the key drivers of creativity and innovation, but now contains improved coverage of approaches to change.It explores change as a human and social process, looking at the vital role leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity play in change management, rather than viewing it as a series of systems and mechanisms. In doing so, it provides all the theoretical and practical understanding you will need as both a student of change and a future manager.

    Category: Innovation Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Change Management Leadership

  • Building High-Performance Local Governments: Case Studies in Leadership at All Levels

    by John Pickering, Gerald Brokaw, Philip Harnden, and Anton Gardner

    Explore what's necessary to improve the performance of your organization, including the development of leaders at all levels who will use their full capabilities to boost collective results. The High-Performance Organization Model identifies the steps needed to diagnose what will be required to achieve the strategic outcomes you define as success. It shows which levers will move the organization in the direction you decide is critical. You'll find case studies of local governments—demonstrating how Commonwealth Centers for High-Performance Organizations' (CCHPO) model has been applied in the past to improve performance. You will learn how employees emerged as leaders to identify and tackle problems, developed the tools needed, and organized their thoughts to work through solutions which could be applied effectively without the traditional bureaucratic hassle."

    Category: Government Leadership, Organizational Leadership

  • The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Government, 1st Edition

    by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

    This 24-page article is perfect for leaders with limited time and budget. It provides a concise overview of Kouzes and Posner's model and overall thoughts on leadership in the realm of government/public sector. Ideal for orienting readers to the Five Practices® model at the beginning of a workshop or coaching session, the piece contains two Leadership Challenge case studies drawn from government and the public sector, a short description of the Five Practices®, a section on "Learning to Lead", and background information on the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).

    Category: Government Leadership, Organizational Leadership

  • What Would Google Do?: Reverse-Engineering the Fastest Growing Company in the History of the World

    by Jeff Jarvis

    What Would Google Do? is an indispensable manual for survival and success in today's internet-driven marketplace. By "reverse engineering the fastest growing company in the history of the world," author Jeff Jarvis, proprietor of Buzzmachine.com, one of the Web's most widely respected media blogs, offers indispensable strategies for solving the toughest new problems facing businesses today. With a new afterword from the author, What Would Google Do? is the business book that every leader or potential leader in every industry must read.

    Category: Leadership and Technology

  • The Industries of the Future Reprint Edition

    by Alec Ross

    In The Industries of the Future, Ross provides a "lucid and informed guide" (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cyber security, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets. In each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we have to adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyber war sparking the next arms race? How can the world's rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley with their own innovation hotspots? And what can today's parents do to prepare their children for tomorrow?.

  • The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business

    by Phil Simon

    Buoyed by the success of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, thousands of companies of all sizes are fundamentally rethinking how they do business. They are creating vibrant ecosystems and, in the process, reaping big rewards. In the tradition of The Long Tail, The Age of the Platform demonstrates how the world of business today is vastly different from that of even ten years ago. Today, the most successful companies are operating under an entirely different business model—one predicated on collaboration, emerging technologies, externally driven innovation, different types of partnerships, and vibrant ecosystems. Rife with examples, The Age of the Platform is nothing less than essential reading to understand business today--and where it is going.

    Category: Leadership and Technology, Innovation Leadership

  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    by Walter Isaacson

    What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? The Innovators is a masterly saga of collaborative genius destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution—and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. Isaacson explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators is "a sweeping and surprisingly tenderhearted history of the digital age” (The New York Times).

    Category: Leadership and Technology, Innovation Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • The Google Model: Managing Continuous Innovation in a Rapidly Changing World (Management for Professionals)

    by Annika Steiber

    This book shows how companies like Google have reinvented the common practice in management in order to continuously innovate in fast changing industries. With the ever-increasing pace of change, reinventing existing management principles could become a necessity and prove crucial in the long-term competitiveness of many companies. The book presents a unique synthesis of findings from leading research on long-term competitiveness in fast changing industries. The core of the study comprises an exclusive 1-year in-depth research study on the drivers of innovation at Google and includes examples on how Google has translated the reinvented management principles into practice. The book also offers key action-points to help practitioners in reinventing their own management models for continuous innovation.

    Category: Leadership and Technology, Innovation Leadership, Change Management Leadership

  • In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    by Steven Levy

    The key to Google's success, Levy reveals, is its engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet values as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk taking. After its unapologetically elitist approach to hiring, Google pampers its engineers—free food and dry cleaning, on-site doctors and masseuses—and gives them all the resources they need to succeed. Even today, with a workforce of more than 23,000, Larry Page signs off on every hire.

    Category: Leadership and Technology, Innovation Leadership, Change Management Leadership

  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    by Steven Johnson

    The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.