Move to Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Dec 4, 2007 - Business & Economics - 246 pages
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As a senior manager at NASA, Dr. Ginny Whitelaw had access to excellent leadership training. But like most leadership training, it taught leaders from the neck up, not deeply enough to develop the whole and balanced leaders so needed in today's complex organizations. She knew there had to be a deeper, more integrated way of developing effective leaders. There is!

Move to Greatness reveals that to lead and live wholly, basic energy patterns must be brought into balance. Out of kilter, these four patterns create the ineffective "buts" in leadership style ("great at making numbers, but hell on staff") and personal performance ("successful at work, but has no life").

Success and failure originate in our use (or misuse) of four fundamental patterns in the nervous system that have been studied over decades:

* The Driver pushes into every barrier with speed, directness and intensity and puts a focus on priorities, actions and the bottom line.
* The Organizer does the right thing with discipline and order and establishes processes, clarifies roles and assigns responsibility.
* The Collaborator swings into playful engagement with life and the people in it and as a leader, the Collaborator is oriented to customers, employees, loyalty and fun.
* The Visionary goes with the flow, hangs out in the chaos, and leaps to new possibilities while the Visionary leader thinks outside the box and creates the future.

Using these patterns as a map, you will understand people more easily and more deeply, and see how to lead them more effectively. Moreover, you'll learn how to move yourself to your highest potential. Discover your natural preferences and learn how to literally move yourself-and others-to greatness.

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This book has been a critical piece of my successful executive coaching practice, along with the FEBI assessment that actually measures people's ease with the different 4 patterns of behavior and thought. Just today, I'm buying it for a Senior Legal Counsel in a global firm, who took the FEBI and with whom I will work on executive presence - just the type of coaching issue that can't be approached "just with the mind".
A great read, richly illustrated with stories, exercises and graphics... what a perfect resource for leaders who want to expand how they show up, and for the coaches and mentors who support them.

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About the author (2007)

Dr. Ginny Whitelaw is co-founder of Focus Leadership, LLC, and co-creator of the Focus Balance Energy Indicator (FEBI). A biophysicist by training, she is the former Deputy Manager of the International Space Station Program at NASA, where she was awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for her achievements. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Columbia University's Senior Executive program, as well as an executive coach and program director at the Oliver Wyman Executive Learning Center. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Betsy Wetzig is a choreographer, dancer and teacher having worked with, among others, Martha Graham s Company Class. She develops and directs workshops for Coordination Pattern TrainingTM that has trained thousands of people across the US, Europe and Australia.

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