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Illusion of Leadership Directing Creativity in Business and the Arts

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ISBN-10: 0230201997

ISBN-13: 9780230201996

Edition: 2008

Authors: Piers Ibbotson

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People need a degree of free choice for creativity and change to happen. But they must also have boundaries. On one level this is what politics and business are all about. Too much of the wrong sort of control and the system becomes bureaucratic or tyrannical, too little and it becomes arbitrary and chaotic. This book covers these key issues surrounding leadership.
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 157
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

PIERS IBBOTSON is anbsp;respected speaker, coach and facilitator. He is a regular contributor to senior management development programmes in the UK and around the world, introducing leaders and senior managers to concepts and techniques from the creative arts. He has worked at partner level with Mckinsey & Co. and has contributed to senior development programmes for Ernst and Young, Adidas, WPP group, and others. He is a contributor to courses at the London Business School, thenbsp;University of Lancaster UK, thenbsp;University of Nyenrode, Netherlands; AESE, Lisbon, Portugal;nbsp;The Danish Pedagogical Institute, Copenhagen and The Banff Centre in Canada, where he is guest faculty member…    

List of Figures
Creativity - Myths and Legends
The Illusion of Leadership
Directing creativity
Poets, fakes and sleeping lions
The gaze
Creative constraints and how to use them
The leadership illusion
Directing vs. managing - the Russian experiment
Why setting targets is a waste of time
The uncarved block
Project-Managing a Work of Art
The (misty) vision thing
The perfect audience of one
Great Directing: A Case Study
Rehearsing King Lear
Hierarchy and Status Games
Visiting India
Playing status
The giant's robe on the dwarfish thief
Hierarchy and status: the tree-house game
Briefing the general
Sex and status games: invisible women
Is dissembling a sin?
Masks and the Sense of Self
The immutable self
Clowns and ringmasters: training the masked actor
Being Badger
Creativity in Groups
Weird produces wonderful: casting for creativity
Hair-washing and the puppy game
My grandmother's hat
The Three Fears
Suspending status games: the creative ensemble
Creativity, Innovation and Leadership
Men in tights and old music: the paradox of innovation in the arts
The solitary plagiarist
Casting and diversity: the concentric organization
What play are we in?
Stars and bit-players
Too many Hamlets
Fake creativity
Live Communication: The Business of Theater
Being self-conscious
Words and actions
The usefulness of Chinese whispers
Communication styles
Giving Presentations: The Theater of Business
Bridging the gap
Acting on - acting out: live communication as action
Pity the poor punters: the passive audience
The Script
Euro-blather, business-speak and other languages
The telling detail: rediscovering the power of words
Truth, lies and presentations
Rehearsing for Business and for Life
Image theater as a tool for organizations
The trap of ambiguity
Case study: the shooting party
Training for Creative Leadership
Apprenticeship, mastery and transcendence
Art in the World
Audacity and risk-taking
Being bold
Why Artists Should Rule the World
The problem of giraffeness
Leading with a misty vision
Keeping God out of the picture
The selfishness myth
The influence of sleeping lions
"Author, Author!!"
Donald Rumsfeld - a cautionary tale
Ruskin's question