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Change confronts leaders with disorienting situations and baffling challenges. Figuring out the best route amid change can discomfit even the most level-headed executive. When you face turbocharged change, turn to leadership expert John C. Maxwell. He explains how to adapt and change gears by making “leadershifts” to meet the demands of the future. Maxwell’s coaching will help you direct your firm and your people calmly and capably despite upheaval. His inspiring advice will help mature leaders, give a lift to overwhelmed junior execs and encourage potential leaders to embrace their courage.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a coach, speaker and New York Times best-selling author who has sold more than 30 million books in 50 languages. He founded the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation.

 

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Focus on Leadership, Not on Management

In the 1970s, management, not leadership, was the hot-button business demand, and management expert Peter Drucker called the shots. However, as the 1990s approached, more and more books on leadership began to show up in business bookstores. Readers came to understand that the pace of change was speeding up, and change was becoming increasingly complex. Instead of waves of change, change had become the new constant. This made planning and managing more difficult. Organizations needed innovative leaders to show the way.

Management theory worked for organizations in times of stability and predictability. But in today’s uncertain, ever-changing world, leadership counts more than management. Eric J. McNulty, director of research at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, explains that linear management systems operate according to the premise that “similar inputs will result in similar outputs.” But what was once linear and straightforward now is becoming “both complex and adaptive.” In this transformed environment...


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