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The role of President is generally associated with the ‘leader as hero’ tradition and not with what Douglas Long describes as Third Generation Leadership: “a leadership approach that elicits engagement, commitment, and enhanced personal, group, and organisational accountability”. But maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama is in this new mould. There certainly seems to be an appetite for it as Douglas’ book was the ‘most in demand’ title at the recent Frankfurt Bookfair where we received reading copy requests from companies publishing in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Tukish and Russian.
Be inspired by real ‘Culture Builders’
Some incredible leaders and business experts share their experiences and their thoughts about what makes makes a great leader and manager here: http://lnkd.in/WbT2Hy
All these leaders are featured in the book The Culture Builders by Jane Sparrow and published by Gower.
If you are a facilitator, a change manager … even a program manager, then check this out! The idea of Open Space (a form of large group facilitation) has been going for over 20 years. Michael Lindfield, one of the champions of the approach, described it as ”a simple and effective way of creating an environment where things are possible”. That may sound slightly pink and fluffy but, goodness me, doesn’t it also describe the kind of thing that most organizations need in the struggle to keep a head above the economic crisis and keep in touch with the breakneck speed of social, technological and business change? This year’s World Open Space event is in London, between 11th and 14th October. Gower’s contribution to the concept is Kerry Napuk and Eddy Palmer’s Large Group Facilitator’s Manual, which will be on show at the event.
Employee engagement can seem like rather a one-sided affair for many senior managers. Andrew Mayo’s article Finding the Right Balance offers a useful perspective on how to balance engagement on the one-hand and employee performance on the other. Andrew Mayo is author of the forthcoming Gower book Human Resources or Human Capital: Managing People as Assets.
Anthony Landale (Editor of Gower Handbook of Training and Development and co-author of The Fast Facilitator) has a way of making the difficult challenges of leadership so much more understandable. In his piece ‘Why Big Conversations Matter’ he offers a perspective on how and why leaders need to converse (rather than communicate) with their employees.
There is a fascinating report on the Bernard Hodes UK website about managing alumni; in other words, the people who used to work for you and have moved on. I wonder how many organizations even have this group on their radar? And yet they could be hugely influential in terms of reputation and employer brand. Helen Rosethorn and members of the Bernard Hodes team are the authors of Gower’s The Employer Brand.