Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work

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Davies-Black Pub., 2009 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
Expanding on the fresh concepts that made the first edition of Clear Leadership such a success a decade ago, Bushe brings up-to-date the tools and techniques needed to build sustaining partnerships and make today's collaborative organizations work. This fully revised edition now includes 23 skill-building exercises, dozens of personal stories and examples, and completely new chapters that add a sharper focus on ways that the original model of the four selves the Aware, Curious, Appreciative, and Descriptive Self can help anyone cut through the miscommunication, misunderstanding, and toxic mush dominating the workplace to achieve clarity, full engagement, and sustained collaboration."

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getAbstract Book Review: Clear Leadership
A chapter in Something Happened, the 1974 novel by Joseph Heller, starts: “In the office in which I work there are five people of whom I am afraid. Each of
these five people is afraid of four people (excluding overlaps) for a total of 20, and each of these 20 people is afraid of six people, making a total of 120 people who are feared by at least one person…[Everyone is] afraid of the 12 men at the top who helped found and build the company.” That’s a lot of fear. Does this environment sound familiar? Distrust, depression and anxiety are endemic in many organizations. According to professor and consultant Gervase R. Bushe, such negative emotions often result from the “interpersonal mush” that plagues offices. He details a program you can use to help eliminate the mush and create a workplace that fosters partnership and collaboration. getAbstract recommends Bushe’s intelligent, well-researched book to all executives, as well as to anyone who wants to learn how to relate to others honestly, openly and straightforwardly.
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Gervase R. Bushe, Ph.D. is president of Discovery and Design, Inc., a consulting firm serving clients throughout North America, and professor of business administration at Simon Fraser University. His clients have included Shell Oil, General Motors, BC Telecom, and the Canadian government. The coauthor of Parallel Learning Structures , Bushe has published award-winning articles in such publications as the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and the Organization Development Journal . For information on Gervase Bushe's unique and highly experiential management development programs, go to

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