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Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity Kindle Edition
Author and consultant Jennifer Garvey Berger has worked with all types of leaders—from top executives at Google to nonprofit directors who are trying to make a dent in social change. She hears a version of the same plea from every client in nearly every sector around the world: "I know that complexity and uncertainty are testing my instincts, but I don't know which to trust. Is there some way to know what to do when I can't know what's next?"
Her newest work is an answer to this plea. Using her background in adult development, complexity theories, and leadership consultancy, Garvey Berger discerns five pernicious and pervasive "mind traps" to frame the book. These are: the desire for simple stories, our sense that we are right, our desire to get along with others in our group, our fixation with control, and our constant quest to protect and defend our egos. In addition to understanding why these natural impulses steer us wrong in a fast-moving world, leaders will get powerful questions and approaches that help them escape these patterns.
"This book is deceptively brilliant. It offers a host of very accessible practices that will result in creating the agile, innovative, engaged organizational conversations and cultures that can thrive amid complexity." -- Bob Anderson, Founder and Chairman ― The Leadership Circle
"The greatest journey a leader can take is into a world of self-awareness, mindfulness, and curiosity. Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps is a pioneering handbook that I believe will help a new generation of leaders navigate complexity and find fulfillment." -- Vas Narasimhan, Chief Executive Officer ― Novartis
"Thought-provoking, insightful, and empowering. This book opens up academic research to a broader audience, encouraging us all to expand the limits of our thinking. Jennifer's work continues to inspire me." -- Jill Ader, Chairwoman ― Egon Zehnder
"I don't know how Garvey Berger has managed to capture so much wisdom in such a small compass, but I do know we are all the beneficiaries!" -- Robert Kegan ― Harvard University --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07NWWRXC5
- Publisher : Stanford Briefs; 1st edition (Jan. 29 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1393 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 170 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503609014
- Best Sellers Rank: #257,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I recently undertook a training for coaches where Garvey Berger was part of the faculty, and the training convinced me more than ever that the complexity we - and particularly leaders - face in the modern world is unprecedented. This makes it harder for us to succeed, and also harder for us to know when we succeed. The practices in this book will help any reader adjust their ways of being so that they are more able and ready to cope with the challenges of a complex world. That, combined with the practical nature of the book, has taken this straight to the top of the list of books I would recommend to leaders.
I would highly recommend this book, thanks Jenifer.
There are many books out there now that describe leadership in academic ways, and give interesting theories. But very few of them give practical advice about what to do on a Monday morning when facing a complex situation. This book fills that gap, and is now the first book that I recommend to my clients (at least, those of them that like books!).
I particularly like the way the reader follows the story of Mark, Leroy and Alison as they get to grips with the five mindtraps. The characters are relatable, and this way of introducing the mindtraps grounds them in everyday experiences.
She explores our experiences through an internal lens, and then humanizes recent neuroscience findings into an easily accessible form so we can easily own them.
These insights are followed by tools and processes that can help us to avoid these natural Mindtraps and she leave us hopeful and more aware of the way we can navigate the future with grace and wisdom.