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A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix


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ISBN13: 9781596271678
ISBN10: 1596271671
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Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's insights into leadership are more urgently needed than ever. He was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, as families do, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, politicians and teachers. Failure of Nerve is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman's insights about our regressed "seatbelt society," oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the quick fixes and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argues for strength and self-differentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. This book was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death and originally published in a limited edition. This new edition makes his life-changing insights and challenges available to a new generation of readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the problem with leadership — Imaginative gridlock and the spirit of adventure — A society in regression — Data junkyards and data junkies : the fallacy of expertise — Survival in a hostile environment : the fallacy of empathy — Autocracy versus integrity : the fallacies of self — Take five — Emotional triangles — Crisis and sabotage : the keys to the kingdom — Epilogue: the presence of the past.

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EllenSka, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by EllenSka)
Edwin Friedman draws heavily on family systems theory to illuminate how a system -- a family, organization, or even a nation -- is hindered when leaders are more concerned about empathy and compromise with dysfunctional behavior than they are with the strength, health, and the goals of the system. If you're a church leader, for instance, and people call you "selfish" or "cold," then you're quite possibly on the right track. Instead of indulging the weak and disruptive elements in your organization in a search for consensus and approval, it's better to differentiate yourself, expect resistance from the dysfunctional, and hold the course.
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Product Details

Seabury Books
Christian Church - Leadership
Edited by:
Edward W. Beal
Edited by:
Margaret M. Treadwell
Friedman, Edwin H.
Edwin H. Friedman
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Business management
Religion : Leadership
Publication Date:
February 2007

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