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How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing
thinking is the starting point for good leadership.
§ Leaders who can reframe—look at the same thing from multiple perspectives—think better. They create a lucid portrait of what’s going on around them and have a clearer vision of what’s needed to achieve desired results.
§ Leaders can see and do more when they know how to negotiate four key areas of the leadership terrain: structural, human resource, political, and symbolic.
The book answers a request we’ve often heard from readers and fans of our work for a shorter, more applied version of Reframing Organizations. This new work is a compact overview of our ideas about reframing and our four-frame model, with a focus on leadership. Because storytelling is often the best form of teaching, we use cases and examples, many of them from iconic leaders, to provide realistic lessons about how great leaders think and act.
A Primer on Reframing
Gwen Moran has posted an excellent brief article on reframing as a versatile tool for finding productive ways to rethink life's frustrations and snares. It's on Fast Company's website: 5 Ways to Think About Negative Life Events.
Reframing Organizations, 5th edition
The fifth edition of Reframing Organizations is out, and available in paperback,hardcover and digital editions at major booksellers. The four frames remain the heart of the book, and the chapter structure is the same as in the 4th edition, but we've edited and added new cases and research throughout to capture the state of knowledge and practice about organizations and leadership in 2013. The frames help in understanding, for example, why Steve Jobs needed to fail before he could succeed, and how Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Howard Schultz (Starbucks) can share an obsession with perfecting the customer experience despite very different ideas on how to achieve that goal. There's a new online frames instrument, and a new video in which Terry Deal and I talk about the 5th edition.
Leading with Soul, 3rd edition
The third edition of Leading with Soul came out in August, 2012. Terry Deal and I explored the book's timeless spiritual message in the context of a different world than we lived in when the previous edition was published in 2001. We've updated to reflect the impact of the economic, political and technological shifts of the last decade, added new material on corporate citizenship and social responsibility, and worked hard to make the book an even more compelling read. You can find both the hard cover and Kindle editions on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. There's also a link to the book on the Jossey-Bass site.
Reframing Academic Leadership
My book with Joan Gallos, Reframing Academic Leadership (Jossey-Bass), is available in both hardbound and digital format. Click for Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble or Nookbook. Many college and university administrators have told us they found it a readable, intellectually provocative, and pragmatic guide to leadership in the academy.