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This is a fantastic book. I loved the idea that every great organization has a culture, an institutional DNA that makes it what it really is--and ends up having a lasting impact on what the organization does or doesn't accomplish. This is a book on leadership from an organizational level: How to create a culture that ends up creating more and more real leaders.
Some of the innovative ideas in this book include: balancing the growth principle of an organization with the nurture principle, the connection between conversations and long-term institutional direction, the profound power of co-creating, leadership and the patterns in our brains and neurons (this alone is worth the price of the book), leadership and cultural boundaries, rewiring-revising-rebirthing, the new rules of engagement and the three new challenges faced by any leader, how to expand your comfort zone, people don't fear change--they fear pain, leading by opening space, and many others.
When Orrin Woodward and I wrote the book LeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead, we made a case that American needs a lot more people to stand up and be leaders in our society. In Glaser's book, she outlines 7 leadershifts (yes, she uses that exact word) that teach us how to be better leaders.
This is an excellent book. It reminded me of the depth and excellence of Goleman's Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence,Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence by Brady and Woodward, and Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business. It belongs on your top leadership shelf right along with Gladwell's The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Collin's Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, and Godin's Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.
A paradigm shift is taking hold in business, government, and education. The shift is a movement from "I" centric to "WE" centric work cultures and leadership. This shift changes everything. It is both needed and wanted. I highly recommend Judith Glaser's Creating We, to anyone who is in a leadership role or who has significant influence on the work culture. Her book is inspirational and guide for transforming cultures one person at a time. Michael J. Stabile, Ph.D.