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Transforming Leaders Into Progress Makers
Leadership for the 21st Century

First Edition


September 2010 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
By using a research-driven model, discussing compelling cases from leading companies, and presenting seven actionable ideas to make progress, the book blends scholarly research and actionable strategies to empower readers to decide what issues to focus on and in what direction to lead.
 
SECTION ONE
 
1. Introduction
Our Purpose  
Our Approach  
 
2. Exploring
Attributes of Explorers  
Exploring and Progress Making  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
3. Refining
Attributes of Refiners  
Refining and Progress making  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
4. Platforms
How Platforms Emerge  
Features of Platforms  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
5. Progress
Defining Progress  
Implications of the Progress Definition  
Concluding Thoughts  
Progress Maker Profile: Oscar Boldt and The Boldt Company  
 
6. The Progress Model
How the Progress Model Works  
So What?  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
7. How Explorers and Refiners Make Progress
The Explorers Mode of Making Progress  
The Refiners Mode of Making Progress  
The Challenges Faced by Explorers and Refiners  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
8. Progress Makers
The Central Conundrum  
The Progress Maker’s Response  
Making the Right Choices  
Progress Maker Profile: Ron Reed and the Discovery Channel  
 
SECTION TWO
 
9. Envision the Future with Calculated Boldness
Defining the Concept  
What Inhibits Calculated Boldness  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
Progress Maker Profile: Brigadier General H.R. McMaster  
 
10. Cultivate a Focused Flexibility Mindset
A Deeper Look at Focus and Flexibility  
Why is Focused Flexibility so Difficult?  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
11. Enlarge the Circle of Engagement
The Concept  
Why Don’t We Enlarge the Circle?  
How do You Enlarge the Circle of Engagement?  
Concluding Thoughts  
Progress Maker Profile: Vicki Wilson and Door County Coffee & Tea  
 
12. Foster the Growth of Investment-Worthy Employees
Defining the Concept  
Barriers  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
13. Seek, Nurture and Evaluate Actionable Ideas
Defining the Concept  
Phases to Generate Actionable Ideas  
Barriers  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
Progress Maker Profile: Laura Hollingsworth and The Des Moines Register & Gannett  
 
14. Select, Detect, and Correct the Proper Errors
Background  
Error Management Framework  
The Counter Forces  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
15. Practice Receiver-Centric, Strategy-Based, Feedback-Driven Communication
Defining the Concept  
Barriers  
What to Do?  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
16. Conclusion
 
Appendix 1: Progress Makers
 
Appendix 2: UMM and the Origins of Focused Flexibility
 
Index
 
About the Authors

This book will quickly become required reading for all who aspire to organizational leadership. Phil Clampitt and Robert DeKoch have crafted an insightful and practical approach to leadership development. Packed with organizational examples from their extensive business experiences, the book draws from a broad array of literature in management, science, arts and technology to explore change, innovation and other strategic leadership issues. The book is not only readable, but hard to put down.

Angela Brenton
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

This book contains concepts and insights that advance the study and practice of leadership. It is to be celebrated equally for its humility as well as its assertions. Here there are no false claims of certainty demonstrating that the authors practice what they preach. Instead of punctuating their work with a declarative statement of truth they enjoin the reader to refine and explore. The authors are in search of a more sustainable form of leadership, a project that could be the next great platform of leadership theory.

George Reed
University of San Diego

"The book is filled with rich and diverse business examples that challenge the reader to re-evaluate long-held "truths" about how to move an organization ahead, in spite of inevitable roadblocks along the way."

Jeannette Terry
Director of Americas, Global Leadership Alliance

"Clampitt and DeKoch enhance the reader's understanding of their model by providing compelling examples of leaders who have transformed their organizations into highly effective, successful organizations; true Progress Makers."

Rick Fantini
Executive Vice President for Appleton Coated

"Underpinning their theory are practical tools to help leaders make the right day-to day choices and transform themselves into true "Progress Makers." This is a must-read for navigating these extremely uncertain times and moving your company forward."

Terri Pawer
COO of Dental City

Content was not appropriate for course objectives.

Dr Mary Weber
Ctr for new Learning, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
March 22, 2013

Very quick and informative read. Great text to compliment other readings. I recommend!

Mr Brian Agnew
Deans Office, Rutgers University
September 18, 2011

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