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Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

ISBN-10: 159627042X
ISBN-13: 9781596270428
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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, as families do, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

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, as families do, 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.

Acknowledgments
Editors' Preface
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
Index

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