An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change

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Our Federalist Future: The
Leadership Imperative

Today I have the same confidence in the inevitability of federalism that a quarter century ago I had in the triumph of democracy. James O'Toole, who holds the University Associates' chair in management at the University of Southern California, is the senior author of this essay.

The structure of the organization can then be symbolized by a man holding a large number of balloons in his hand. Each of the balloons has its own buoyancy and lift, and the man himself does not lord it over the balloons, but stands beneath them, yet holding all the strings firmly in his hand. Every balloon is not only an administrative but also an entrepreneurial unit.

—E. F. Schumacher


The Geopolitical Solution:
A Template for Corporations?

In these turbulent times prudent mapmakers work on Etch-a‐ Sketch pads. Political boundaries change almost weekly as new nations emerge with varying degrees of anguish from the disintegrating empires of yesterday. No part of the world is exempt. From the Balkans to the British Isles, from the banks of the St. Lawrence to Guangdong Province on China's muddy Pearl River, ethnic and linguistic groups are wrestling—often at the cost of their lives—with a fundamental challenge of our era: We'll call it the Iceland Dilemma. In a sentence, the horns of that dilemma are represented by the choice between the advantages of small

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  • An Invented Life - Reflections on Leadership and Change *
  • Contents *
  • Foreword *
  • Preface *
  • 1 - An Invented Life: Shoe Polish, Milli Vanilli, and Sapiential Circles *
  • 2 - Is Democracy Inevitable? *
  • 3 - The Wallenda Factor *
  • 4 - The Coming Death of Bureaucracy *
  • 5 - The Four Competencies of Leadership *
  • 6 - Managing the Dream *
  • 7 - False Grit *
  • 8 - On the Leading Edge of Change *
  • 9 - Searching for the Perfect University President *
  • 10 - When to Resign *
  • 11 - Followership *
  • 12 - Ethics Aren't Optional *
  • 13 - Change: the New Metaphysics *
  • 14 - Meet Me in Macy's Window *
  • 15 - Corporate Boards *
  • 16 - Information Overload Anxiety (and How to Overcome It) *
  • 17 - Our Federalist Future: the Leadership Imperative *
  • Index *
  • Permission Acknowledgments *
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