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Only a brave pair of authors would try to tackle a topic as all-encompassing as the need for courage in the modern business world, but that is exactly what Drs. Merom Klein and Rod Napier have set out to do. Do they succeed? Not entirely. While their diagnosis of the organizational ills plaguing today’s companies is spot-on, their prescriptions are generic, involving "creating a safe environment," "building pride" and "keeping it fun." Despite the obviousness of some of the sound advice in the later chapters, the book shines in its first 70 pages, in which the doctors present an original, enlightening analysis of how organizational changes have altered the roles and responsibilities of mid-level workers. Based on this fresh perspective, thinks that all readers could use a little Courage.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How modern organizational changes have increased employees’ responsibility, authority and stress levels;
  • Why today’s employees need self-confidence and courage; and
  • How and why to instill a sense of courage in your employees.

About the Authors

Merom Klein, Ph.D., is the founder of the Courage Institute and former CEO of Philadelphia-based Key Management Strategies. He divides his time between conducting research on organizational courage in Israel and consulting and lecturing in North America, Europe and Israel. Rod Napier, Ph.D., pioneered the concept of 360-degree feedback and has written 10 books. A former professor at Temple University and teaching fellow at The Wharton School, he now consults for such clients as CBS, Merck and the United Nations.



Why Courage?
The Hebrew language has two words for courage. The first, chutzpah, is well known and carries negative connotations. People with chutzpah are pushy. They don’t hesitate to offend people to get what they want. For this reason, nobody entirely trusts them, and organizations ...

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