Jocelyn R. Davis
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About Jocelyn R. Davis
Jocelyn Davis is an internationally known author and speaker and the former head of R&D for The Forum Corp., a global leadership development consultancy. Her leadership books include Insubordinate, The Art of Quiet Influence, The Greats on Leadership, and Strategic Speed. Her historical novel, The Age of Kali, has been called "brilliant ... heretical." She holds Master's degrees in philosophy and Eastern classics. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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"A tremendous and relevant read!" -Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust
Drawing on the enduring wisdom of the Buddha, Confucius, Rumi, Gandhi and others, The Art of Quiet Influence shows anyone, not just bosses, how to use influence without authority, a key mindfulness principle, to get things done at work and in life. Through the classic wisdom of 12 Eastern sages, relevant insights from influence research, and anecdotes and advice from 25 contemporary experts, Davis lays out a path for becoming a "mainspring," the unobtrusive yet powerful influencer first introduced in her book The Greats on Leadership.
Organized around three core influence practices - Invite Participation, Share Power, and Aid Progress - readers will learn how to take mindfulness practice "out of the gym and onto the field," while gaining the confidence and practical know-how to be influential in whatever role they occupy.
For ages, women have been assigned these and other “bad” labels. Now, we’re reclaiming them. International leadership expert Jocelyn Davis presents twelve timeless female archetypes reimagined and refreshed with stories of literary and everyday women who fought, cajoled, commanded, schemed, or blasted their way free of the chains that bound them. Discover your personal types, along with inspiration and strategies for expanding your range, tapping your inner power, and unleashing your natural leadership in work and life.
You don't need a big title or a business degree in order to lead with impact. What you need is practical wisdom: the insight, judgment, and strength of character that all great leaders have, but that most business schools and corporate workshops don't teach. The Greats on Leadership gets you there.
Jocelyn Davis takes you on an in-depth tour of the best leadership ideas of the past 25 centuries, featuring classic authors from Plato to Winston Churchill, Shakespeare to Jane Austen, C.G. Jung to Peter Drucker, and many more. In a style both thought provoking and entertaining, she shows how -history's great writers have always been, and still are, the real leadership gurus.
Davis spells out the behaviors that distinguish true leaders from misleaders and covers 20 specific leadership topics, including:
Leadership Traps (Shakespeare)
Dilemmas (Madison, Hamilton)
Communication (Lincoln, Pericles)
Personality Types (Jung)
Judgment (Maupassant, Melville, Austen, Shaw)
Character (Churchill, Plutarch, Shelley, Joyce)
Each chapter begins with a synopsis of a great work by the author and then draws out the key leadership insights, weaving them together with business examples, the best contemporary research, and tools to help put it all into practice. In the last two chapters Davis presents a new way to think about leadership levels, framing them in terms of the impact you have rather than the title on your business card.
Whether you're a recent graduate or MBA searching for something more inspiring than the standard textbook, a new manager looking for something deeper than the typical how-to book, or an experienced executive seeking ideas to lift you to the next level, this remarkably readable and practical guide will set you on the road to becoming a great leader.
"What a marvel this book is. In taut, lyrical prose shot through with moments of wry humor, Jocelyn Davis brings ancient India to life so thoroughly that the gulf between past and present disappears completely: we feel as if she is telling our own story. Riveting and deeply moving, The Age of Kali is the work of an immensely gifted novelist."
—Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones, Lili, and Dogs
"To lovers of the Indian epics, this book is a devious, heretical topsy-turvying of the Mahabharata; to Hindu fundamentalists, dangerous, blasphemous, a book to be burnt; to the general reader, a brilliant, enthralling, complex fantasy that will linger in your mind long after you have finished it."
—Krishnan Venkatesh, author of Do You Know Who You Are? Reading the Buddha’s Discourses
India’s greatest epic, reimagined.
The Mahabharata, often called “India’s Iliad,” tells of several generations of the royal family of Kuru: their ambitions, loves, moral dilemmas, and battles for a kingdom. As tradition has it, the heroes are the five Pandava brothers and their shared wife, Draupadi; the villain is their power-mad cousin, Duryodhana.
But what if tradition got it wrong? What if Duryodhana, despite his flaws, were the real hero—with a passionate heart buried under his emotional and physical scars—and the supposedly noble Pandavas were the evil ones? What if Draupadi and the many other women of the tale were rebels behind the scenes? And what if, thanks to a young girl who ferreted out the family secrets and kept them hidden for years, the truth could at last be told?
Sweeping, fast-paced, and packed with gripping characters, THE AGE OF KALI turns a famous work of world literature inside out, bringing forth voices long silenced. In the end, three questions remain: Who won? Who lost? And who was to blame?
"The high priest is constantly reminding us of what we owe the Pandavas for saving the world from my father … my father, the evil Duryodhana, who instigated the great war in which thousands died and the Kuru line was nearly destroyed, all because he would not share power with his five noble cousins. Or so the story goes …
Yes of course I know the story, Nephew, everyone knows the story. It goes like this: Prince Duryodhana envied his cousins the Pandavas starting when they were all boys together. When they grew up, Duryodhana plotted to have them exiled on a trumped-up charge. Duryodhana lusted after the Princess Draupadi and couldn’t bear to see her choose another; he brooded on her rejection for years, then at the great dice match took his revenge. When the Pandavas claimed their rightful portion of the kingdom, he went to war with them. Finally, in a blind fury at his side’s defeat he did the unthinkable, thereby ushering in the Kali Yuga: this present age, the Age of Kali, polluted by sickness and crime and vice.
Yet the bards also say he went straight to paradise when he died. How could that be, Janamejaya, if he were evil?"
Jocelyn R. Davis uses research from The Forum Corporation to illuminate what leaders did wrong on the Titanic and the Californian—and what they did right on the Carpathia—on that long-ago night in the North Atlantic. The same lessons can be applied to 21st-century organizations that operate on dry land. “Leadership Failures Sink Unsinkable Ship” takes a fresh look at the disaster, uncovers its true causes, and provides practical advice you can apply as a business leader today.