Common Purpose : How Great Leaders Get Organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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From one of the most respected names in business and leadership, a rare look at the specifics of how great leaders achieve "common purpose" and success within their organizations.What is common purpose? It is that rare, almost-palpable experience that happens when a leader coalesces a group, team or community into a creative, dynamic, brave and nearly invincible we. It happens the moment the organization's values, tools, objectives and hopes are internalized in a way that enables people to work tirelessly toward a goal. Common purpose is rarely achieved. But Kurtzman has observed that when a leader is able to bring it about, the results are outsized, measurable and inspiring. Based on Kurtzman's all-new interviews with more than 50 leaders, including Ron Sargent, Ilene Lang, Micky Arison, Simon Cooper, Joel Klein, Janet Field, Steve Wynn, Shivan Subramaniam, Michael Dell, Richard Boyatzis, Tom Kelley, Michael Milken, and Warren Bennis Contains research on leadership Kurtzman has conducted during his years at The New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, Booz & Company, as well as with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mercer, and Korn/FerryBased on all new interviews with some of the most dynamic, successful, and enduring leaders, Common Purpose sheds new light on the meaning of leadership, the crucial qualities of leaders, and most importantly, how to lead.

Author Biography

Joel Kurtzman is chairman of the Kurtzman Group, a research and consulting firm focusing on issues relating to knowledge management, strategy, economic development, global risk, and thought leadership. He is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and publisher of The Milken Institute Review, a member of the editorial board of MIT Sloan Management Review, and a senior fellow at Wharton's SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. He is also an advisor to the World Economic Forum and to the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Previously, he was the editor of Harvard Business Review, founder and editor of strategy + business magazine, a columnist at Fortune, and an editor and columnist at The New York Times. For more than 30 years, Kurtzman has interviewed, worked with, and consulted to the CEOs of some of the world's largest companies.

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Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: No One Leads Alonep. xi
The Leadership Disconnectp. 1
The New Rules of Employmentp. 13
Leaders at All Levelsp. 33
Internalizing What the Organization Stands Forp. 45
The Best Leaders Axe Part of the Groupp. 57
Cultivating Curiosity, Not Complacencyp. 67
Creating a Culture of Leadershipp. 93
We're All in This Togetherp. 103
How Leaders Stay Positive and Determinedp. 123
Leading Is a Mental Gamep. 139
Different Strokes for Different Generationsp. 157
You Don't Have to Be Ruthless to Leadp. 167
Ideas Matterp. 177
Epilogue: The Future of Leadershipp. 191
A Leadership Libraryp. 197
About the Authorp. 201
Indexp. 203
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