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EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP BY DESIGN

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Rob Elkington, Madeleine van der Steege, Judith Glick-Smith

Jennifer Moss Breen

Design, we see it everywhere, and yet we don’t. That is because good design is subtle and enigmatic in that it does not announce its presence but you and I both know when good design is missing. For instance, think back to the times you stood in long line-ups waiting to purchase something, or flew seventeen hours in Economy class on an aeroplane, or worked on a laptop that made your wrist or eyes hurt. These are examples of poor design and we are reminded then, of the power of design because it is missing! In our VUCA world, which is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, Design thinking is one of the ways we might effectively cultivate VUCA prime, or Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility. Ponder this for a moment and you will see that VUCA prime is a human-centric antidote to VUCA – and thus Design thinking fits beautifully!

 

Design is, at its core, an anthropocentric undertaking. It seeks to place humanity at the centre of any process and ask the simple question: “How can we make this product, or process, or experience, better for the people who will use it?” Once that question is in the air we move through the phases of Design Thinking from the initial stance of “Empathy,” in which we seek to understand the people who are impacted by our product through the next phases of “Defining,” and then “Ideating,” “Prototyping,” and then “Testing.”  In fact, that is how we designed this book that you now hold in your hands – we designed it with you in mind!

 

This Design Thinking approach is no less true of leadership, especially since at its core leadership focuses on two key dimensions, Task and Relationship. All leaders, and by extension the leadership, exists to accomplish a task. But in order to accomplish that task leadership needs to work with people and hence the need for relationship. Great leadership knows how to effectively and efficaciously balance both Task and Relationship so that there is a beautiful mutual synergy between both. I think here of exemplars such as “Madiba” (Nelson Mandela), Ghandi, and Churchill, to name a few.

 

We are excited about this book, primarily because we believe that it will change the way leaders lead and bring human-centric intentionality to the leadership arena at a time when many are questioning the value and importance of humanity in a potentially AI driven world. Even in the most AI intensive arena we will still need Design (AI affects humans) and we will still need exceptional leadership (what policies, bureaucracies, and administration bound the realm of AI to ensure the safety of humanity?)

visionary leadership in a turbulent world

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Rob Elkington, Madeleine van der Steege, Judith Glick-Smith

Jennifer Moss Breen

Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context, is the thoughtful analysis of nine expert authors from around the globe who put VUCA under the microscope and take the reader on a journey that looks at VUCA from a number of different leadership perspectives. Through their research and writing these nine authors seek to provide sense-making and insights that are combined with practical tips and frameworks to help leadership embrace this new VUCA context and learn how to thrive within it.

The future of innovation

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Bettina von Stamm, Anna Trifilova

Bettina von Stamm and Anna Trifilova have gathered together the thoughts and ideas of over 200 of the most creative innovators from business, professional practice and academia from nearly 60 countries. The contributors look at innovation from almost every angle. Their statements offer an unparalleled view of innovation and provide a depth of insight that is extraordinary. The editors' reflection on each statement and on the sections within the book, provide useful links between themes and reinforce the relationships between many of the ideas.

learning to lead

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Michael Chirichello, Nancy Richmond

10 Stories for Principals.

"Using children's stories as a unique lens for understanding the tole of the prinicipal, Michael Chirichello and Nancy Richmond explore practical, real-life truths about effective leadership for today's schools."

-Robert Evans, author of Family Matters and The Human Side of School Change

flow-based leadership

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Judith L. Glick-Smith Ph.D.

Have you ever arrived on the scene of a house fire to find a frantic woman in the driveway? As a firefighter, you know instinctively what this means: there is a child inside. You immediately enter "the zone," because you know what to do. This is based on your training and experience. The feeling of being "in the zone," is referred to in the field of positive psychology as "the flow."

 

Multiple studies have shown that, if people have the proper training and experience, they will make better decisions in emerging situations while in a flow-state. How can your organization help your people experience flow more often, thereby improving their decision-making?

 

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