The 52nd Floor: Thinking Deeply about Leadership

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Enso Books, 2010 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
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Anyone who has worked for a large organization understands that all bureaucracies demand to be fed. Some of these bureaucracies can develop insatiable appetites, and when they do, the defining aspect between success and failure is often good leadership. But what is good leadership?Leaders are responsible for making sense of the ambiguity that emerges from the complex relationships that define organizations. They provide the frames to help us understand what we see. But when meaning and purpose begin to fade from the day-to-day taskers, special projects and reports, we are left to wonder whether we are observing mere nonsense or something else we just don t understand. How can we know?We must ask questions -- good questions.Any meaningful attempt to understand the complexities of organizational life requires considerable reflection upon one's own thinking. Through a collection of stories, The 52nd Floor: Thinking Deeply About Leadership takes readers on a reflective journey where they can discover for themselves the right questions to ask to create a path to become a better leader.Welcome to the 52nd Floor. Reviews(Five stars) A must read for those who want a new approach to leadership.--Midwest Book Review (July 8, 2009)Thinking Deeply About Leadership is a perfect subtitle for this book. Why? Because as you read and get actively involved with the process which Levy, Parco, and Blass have created, you will think deeply about what leadership means to you. This book on leadership is all about you and your leadership point of view, not about the authors and their leadership point of view. Wow! What a learning opportunity.--Ken Blanchard, Legendary Co-Author of The One Minute Manager & Leading at a Higher LevelWhether in the locker room or the board room, on the field or in the office, leaders constantly influence behavior. This book is ideal for anyone who has ever wondered about what it means to lead. Levy, Parco, and Blass, have given us much to think about - their book is a winner!--Coach Bobby Bowden, College Football Hall of FameLeadership is certainly a subject that requires deep thinking because it determines success or failure in every human endeavor. The 52nd Floor is a non-traditional approach that provides the reader with a unique glimpse into leadership. A must read for those serious about developing as effective leaders.--Bill Looney, General (ret.), U.S. Air Force, Author of Exceeding ExpectationsAn absolutely fascinating look into leadership. Levy, Parco and Blass have fully grasped the entire picture and spectrum of leadership that has taken me a lifetime to discern. This book will make you think .--Michael J.C. Roth, President Emeritus, USAA Investment Management CompanyIt takes courage and imagination to write such a book. I can only hope that more will follow. I like the way the questions have been posed, how myths have been shattered, and the emphasis on thinking deeply rather than repeating trivialities. Very well done.--Amnon Rapoport, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Management, University of California-RiversideBravo! The authors have written a brilliant and wholly unique leadership book! The inclusiveness and participatory nature of the book will inspire anyone who is interested in management. Once you get started, you won't be able to put it down!--Robert N. Mishev, McKinsey & Co.Finally, a leadership book that will actually improve one's leadership! The 52nd Floor sees leadership as a journey, a practice what real people do in real time to create practical value right now. Here is a natural and realistic practice that we can take to make our leadership journeys successful.--James R. Barker, PhD., Editor, Management Communication Quarterly
 

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Jim Parco was my professor at Air Command and Staff College in 2009. This book t'd up the unlimited potential of more than 400 Airmen in the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS). It was the cornerstone guide in solidifying their success as the number one LRS in the entire Air Force in 2010. I've read and re-read this book more than 14 times, and each time I glean fresh leadership insight that re-shapes my ability to think critically about "leadership", and the effect it has on both our military personnel, as well as the everyday cultural society we live in. A must read for any military or business industry leader!
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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
12
Disclaimer
14
Journey Into Leadership
17
Journey Into Power
39
Journey Into Human Nature
65
Journey Into Culture
103
Journey Into Control
137
THe Journeys End
195
Epilogue
201
Postscript
207
Appendix A
209
Appendix B
222
Appendix C
223
Notes
224
Index
227

Journey Into Understanding
165

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