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Philip Hodgson and Randall P. White provide practical instructions for dealing with change, as all leaders must. Rather than assuming that only certain personality types and traits are suitable for leadership in changing times, they addresses the behavior patterns that mark a successful leader. The authors place their behavioral concepts in a familiar context with case histories. The true value of their book lies in specific exercises that will enhance your ambiguity-coping skills. Some level-headed readers may be slightly put off by the seeming wackiness of some of these notions (they range from "spend some time around children" to "analyze how you spend your time") and the light-hearted tone (they do refer to Star Trek). Lighthearted or not, the advice in this book may just save your job - or your company’s future. recommends this book to senior executives, regardless of industry, as well as to anyone who is concerned about the fast pace of change and wants some help keeping up.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The eight tactics that enable healthy engagement with change; and
  • The eight blocks that restrain such engagement, and how to beware of them.

About the Authors

Philip Hodgson, co-director of both the Action Learning for Chief Executives Program and the Executive Coaching Service, has worked full-time at Ashridge Business School since 1983. Randall P. White is a principal in the Executive Development Group LLP in Greensboro, NC, and an adjunct professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Both men have written extensively on executive leadership.



Leadership and Change
Leaders must cope with change. Formulas that have worked for years are suddenly outdated, and some areas are simply too new to have experts or established market leaders, so any new product or service has a chance to dominate the market. While such rapid change and...

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