Frances Hesselbein’s Merit Badge in Leadership

As CEO of The Girl Scouts, Frances Hesselbein transformed the organization from a venerable but relatively staid institution promoting civic and homemaking skills into a vibrant, diverse one that emphasizes leadership, science, technology, and math. Who does she credit with her inspiration? Peter Drucker.

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It’s Better to Receive Than to Give

Anyone leading a team, attempting to engage a business partner, or navigate a relationship will soon learn that the process of giving feedback is complicated and often counterproductive. Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, in their book “Thanks for the Feedback” argue that the smart investment is not teaching managers how to give feedback, but rather teaching employees how to receive it.

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Feminine Values Ascending

John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio have found that most people, worldwide, are not happy with the state of world. But why? Government, the economy and, the aggression, ambition, and analytical orientation of men. In their book “The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future” Gerzema and D’Antonio sampled 64,000 people in 13 major countries and their findings are compelling.

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Best Business Books 2012: Organizational Culture

Culture has an important role as the essential driver of effective change. Too many authors urge such change using mere exhortation: Be more open! Behave less hierarchically! By contrast, this year’s best books offer more specific ways to engage culture. I believe that these are more likely to result in more effective, productive, and innovative organizations.

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