The Arc of Awareness explores and captures the essence of a leader’s journey of expanding awareness. This book is intended as a guide for students of business leadership in tertiary institutions as well as for practicing leaders in business who want to expand their appreciation of the key issues that confront leaders as they grow and develop. The book’s main thesis – developed through a series of questions on awareness – is that by asking themselves these questions, leaders expand their horizons and gain a deeper understanding that enables them to make a contribution towards the creation of humane communities within their organizations and to engage wider societal issues so as to contribute towards the building of humane societies.
Leading Without Command offers practicing and aspiring leaders in business and other disciplines a new way to lead in a world defined by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The compelling argument in this book is that leading through command, control, and deployment of raw positional power can no longer guarantee superior organizational performance on a sustainable basis. A new leadership model based on a humane perspective anchored on people-centred principles and supported by a set of appropriate skills and behaviours is put forward. This book is essential reading for anyone in a position of authority or influence over people and for anyone who needs to come to terms with the demands of a globally integrated and hypercompetitive world driven by digital technology, knowledge, and the redistribution of power from leaders to followers in organizations, nations, and societies.
The Role of the CEO in Corporate Transformation is a narrative research study on how four successive CEOs influenced the transformation of their company over a thirty-year period. The book is intended for students of business leadership as well as for business leaders seeking to understand better the dynamics of leadership and corporate transformation. The book argues that what leaders do to lead and how they lead is significantly influenced by the context of the operating environment as well as by the dynamics of their interaction with key stakeholders. The thesis is that to understand the role of leaders in strategic change consider their responses to constraints and challenges and what enactments they engage in.
Personal Crucibles provides a compelling narrative about how adversity enables people to develop and grow as leaders. Through seven unique defining experiences Joe shows how he endured severe challenges through which he was able to discover his inner strength by channeling pain and bitterness caused by adversity and reversal into positive energy and learning that fueled his passion for achievement. The narrative demonstrates how a leader can lead an organization through crisis and chaos by remaining focused on attaining a desirable future that lies beyond the immediate crisis. The narrative graphically illustrates how loss, despair and setbacks can be transformed into positive energy that propels a person forward. Finally, the book illustrates how one can transition from a career to a calling through being challenged and through reflection on the meaning of life.
The Savannah Protocols offers a helicopter view of the investment opportunities available across sub-Saharan Africa. The risks and potential obstacles are clearly articulated, and the business strategies suitable for sub-Saharan Africa frontier markets are explored through the use of metaphors that are grounded in the context of the subregion. "What a wonderful book. Imaginative. Practical. Inspirational. Important for anyone involved with business leadership, not just in Africa. It takes us right into the heart of so many key leadership and management issues in these challenging times." —Professor Gareth Morgan, author of Images of Organizations