Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

Type
Book
Authors
Friedman ( Edwin H. )
 
ISBN 10
159627042X 
ISBN 13
9781596270428 
Category
 
Publication Year
2007 
Publisher
Pages
xi, 260 pages 
Subject
Leadership. 
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Abstract
Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's insights into leadership are more urgently needed than ever. He was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, politicians and teachers. Failure of Nerve is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman's insights about our regressed, seatbelt society, oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the quick fixes and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argues for strength and self-differentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. This book was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death, and originally published in a limited edition. This new edition makes his life-changing insights and challenges available to a new generation of readers. 
Description
Edwin H. Friedman ; editors, Margaret M. Treadwell, Edward W. Beal.

Contents: Introduction: the problem with leadership -- Imaginative gridlock and the spirit of adventure -- A society in regression -- Data junkyards and data junkies : the fallacy of expertise -- Survival in a hostile environment : the fallacy of empathy -- Autocracy versus integrity : the fallacies of self -- Take five -- Emotional triangles -- Crisis and sabotage : the keys to the kingdom -- Epilogue: the presence of the past. 
Biblio Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.  
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