Making the Impossible Possible

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2006-08-13
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Bestselling author Kim Cameron delivers both a riveting story and a thoroughly researched case study that delves into the spectacularly impossible success of the shutdown and clean-up of Rocky Flats, one of the most notorious nuclear weapons plants in the United States. As the most contaminated nuclear plant in the USA the site was home to notorious environmental disasters and worker unrest. The government estimated that it would take 70 years and $36 billion dollars to clean up and close the facility. Instead, the site has witnessed the most remarkable performance of any organisation in history. It will be cleaned up to 13 times better-than-federal-standards and turned into a wildlife refuge 60 years ahead of schedule and $30 billion dollars under budget. The book concludes by exposing ten culminating and concise leadership principles responsible for the remarkable success at Rocky Flats.

Author Biography

Kim Cameron is professor of management and organizations at Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business and professor of higher education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan Marc Lavine is a doctoral student and instructor in the Department of Organization Studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
An Introduction to the Impossible 1(16)
1 Explaining the Impossible—Positive Deviance and the Abundance Approach 17(28)
2 Impending Disaster—A Brief History of Rocky Flats 45(30)
3 The Role of Leaders 75(14)
4 Competing Values and Paradoxical Leadership 89(12)
5 Key Enablers—Vision, Innovation, and Symbolic Leadership 101(30)
6 Key Enablers—Stability, Discipline, and Process Control 131(28)
7 Key Enablers—Relationships, Human Capital, and Collaborative Culture 159(28)
8 Key Enablers—Politics, Incentives, and Rigorous Performance Standards 187(32)
9 Leadership Principles for Spectacular Performance 219(28)
Appendix 1: Caveats and Alternative Views of Rocky Flats' Success 247(10)
Appendix 2: Research Methods 257(4)
References 261(6)
Photo Credits 267(2)
Index 269(10)
About the Authors 279 (2)
About the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship 281

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