Leadership Resources

Here are resources for learning more about the ideas and skills underlying Values Based® Leadership:


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    The Leadership Project Reading List

    Values Based® Thinking Skills

    Andreas, Connirae and with Andreas, Tamara; Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within. Real People Press, Moab, Utah, 1993. Beneath behavior is being. This fine book develops an explicit and effective method for accessing core values and deeper states of being and putting them into action.

    Andreas, Steve & Connirae; Change Your Mind and Keep the Change. Real People Press, Moab, Utah, 1987. This book reveals essential aspects of sub-modalities (tiny aspects of the thinking modes like brightness and location) and their profound influence on thinking and change.

    Barker, Joel Arthur; Paradigms. William Morrow & Company. New York. 1992. Barker does a fantastic job of applying Thomas Kuhn's ideas about paradigms and change to the context of business. His writing is quite clear and adds many creative and useful insights to a subject that has been obscure.

    Bateson, Gregory; Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Balentine Books, New York, 1972. This collection of articles represents the thinking of this world-renowned anthropologist, master thinker and visionary. His essay; Form, Substance and Difference lays out the basic idea that a synthesis of differences is the basis of wisdom. Without his work, our values-based approach to mastering leadership would not have been possible.

    Berman, Morris; Reenchantment of the World. Bantam Books, New York, 1981. This cultural historian and future studies expert lays out a grand vision of a multi-cultural world with balance between people, nature and technology. It contains two fascinating chapters about Gregory Bateson's thinking as a basis for 21st century planetary business and society.

    Berman, Morris; Coming To Our Senses. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989. Maury Berman expands his earlier ideas in Reenchantment by rewriting the history of western culture from the point of view of the body and consciousness. He suggests that teddy bears provide an understanding of self formation.

    Chomsky, Noam; Rules and Representations. Columbia University Press. New York. 1980. World famous linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky, describes the concepts of deep structure and rules that underlie human language behavior. This pioneer of language learning provides in this book some of the fundamental ideas utilized by THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT for describing the thinking that underlies the effectiveness of top leaders.

    Covey, Stephen R.; Principle-Centered Leadership. Summit Books. New York.1990. He explains not only his fine model of leadership, he also has a concise review of his Seven Habits of Successful People. He focuses on principles of leadership, what we call the rules and presuppositions, within the inner world.

    de Bono, Edward; Six Thinking Hats. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 1985. Using a delightful, fun metaphor of “thinking hats”, de Bono creates an explicit method for creating diversity in thinking methods in the business context.

    DeLozier, Judy & Grinder, John; Turtles all the Way Down: Prerequisites to Personal Genius. Grinder, DeLozier & Associates, Santa Cruz, CA, 1986. John and Judith give specific exercises for thinking enhancement. This work represents some of the exciting new directions NLP has taken.

    Gardner, Howard; Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Basic Books, New York, 1985. Gardner establishes the idea that the logical-verbal-mathematical intelligence measured by the “IQ” test is one of many inner capabilities worthy of the name intelligence.

    Harding, Douglas E.; On Having No Head: Zen and the Re-Discovery of the Obvious. Arkana Paperbacks, London. 1986. Douglas explores the thinking that puts us fully back into the body. It is a delightful examination of the nature of integrity in 1st person.

    Heinlein, Robert; Stranger In a Strange Land. Capricorn Books, New York, 1961. This book exemplifies the thinking that underlies wisdom, that is, the rotation of perceptual positions and the extension of boundaries better than any single literary source. He calls this thinking; “grokking.”

    Huxley, Aldous; The Perennial Philosophy. Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, New York, 1945. This is the best single source for descriptions of the zero perceptual position or state of mind. It draws from the world's great religious traditions and lists direct quotes from the founders of those religions.

    Johnson, Mark and Lakoff, George; Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press, 1980. Mark and George develop their remarkable model of thinking as a metaphoric activity. There are many examples that apply to personal change and organizational learning. Their work is a foundation for the deep metaphor aspect of the deep structure.

    Johnson, Mark; The Body in the Mind. University of Chicago Press, 1989. For those who want to explore the fascinating world of metaphoric thinking in depth, this technical work in cognitive linguistics and philosophy establishes a whole new approach to cognition with the body as central to thinking.

    Klein, Melanie; Our Adult World and its Roots in Infancy. Human Relations, 12, Pages 291-303. 1959. This article explores an interesting and profound question: How do the social experiences of the young child affect leadership capabilities and behavior in the adult?

    Koestenbaum, Peter; The Heart of Business: Ethics, Power and Philosophy. Saybrook Publishing Company, Dallas. 1987. Taking an approach based on philosophy as a discipline, this book lays out a fine model of the thinking needed for the new leadership.

    Koestenbaum, Peter; Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness. Jossey Bass, San Francisco. 1991. Expanding on his earlier work, The Heart of Business, Koestenbaum develops a map of thinking that has many applications for leaders who are committed to developing from within.

    Liedloff, Jean; The Continuum Concept. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1977. Jean reveals, through a cross-cultural study, the role of parents in building a healthy self-perception and finding the personal fulfillment that is so rare in western industrial society. Her work offers key insights into the process of acquiring improved self-esteem.

    Quinn, Daniel; Ishmael. Bantam / Turner, New York. 1993. Learn to see the world from an unusual viewpoint. The wisdom and vision in this entertaining novel emerges through a conversation between a teacher and a student. The winner of the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, this book deserves scrutiny from anyone who wants to go beyond the big picture to see the huge picture.

    Rothenberg, Albert; The Emerging Goddess: The Creative Process in Art, Science, and Other Fields. University of Chicago Press, 1979. This thorough study of the creative process examines the thinking of 57 scientists and artists including Einstein, Picasso and Mozart. It reveals a common pattern of integrating two or more opposites, conceiving them simultaneously and thus creating a synthesis. This data is an important part of our synergistic thinking program at THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT.

    Leadership Counseling Skills

    Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade. Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1988. This work lays out a history and a vision of a world where cooperation is a model for relationships and organizations. The role of women in history, society and in the workplace can be understood through this book in a fascinating way.

    Fromm, Erich; The Art of Loving. Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1956. This book is a classic. Fromm explores the essence of creating effective relationships.

    Goleman, D.; People Who Read People, Psychology Today, July, 1979. This article reveals early revolutionary discoveries in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) for enhancing communication. This includes the relationship between non-verbal behavior such as eye movements and the use of the visual, auditory and kinesthetic thinking modes.

    Hall, Edward T.; The Silent Language. Doubleday. New York. 1959. This is the first of Hall's groundbreaking books on the hidden patterns of relationships in everyday interactions. Hall concisely shows the importance of elements of non-verbal behavior that characterize cross-cultural interactions.

    Hall, Edward T.; The Hidden Dimension. Doubleday. New York. 1966. Hall focuses his laser-like analysis on the use of space from culture to culture.

    Hall, Edward T.; Beyond Culture. Doubleday. New York. 1977. This collection of essays deeply and profoundly explores the normally hidden and mysterious aspects of culture. Hall explores action chains, context, the biology of learning and identification (or what we call boundaries of self). He explores the time-based differences in German, French, Japanese and American cultures.

    Hall, Edward T.; The Dance of Life. Doubleday. New York. 1988. The Dance of Life reveals the ways people in a given culture are connected through rhythm and time perception. He explores the time-based differences in German, French, Japanese and American cultures.

    Hall, Edward T.; Understanding Cultural Differences: The Americans, Germans and French. Intercultural Press. Maine. 1991. This book offers a detailed analysis of crucial differences in the unconscious business cultures of Germany France and America. And it is extremely practical and clearly written.

    Turnbull, Colin; The Human Cycle. Simon & Schuster - A Touchstone Book, NY, 1983. Anthropologist Colin Turnbull describes the healthy relationships of a highly-evolved 10,000 year-old culture. This work has profound implications for improving relationships.

    Wright, Austin Tappen; Islandia. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 1942. This utopian novel develops a delightful description of a harmonious culture that serves as positive model for newly emerging types of corporate relationships and cultures.

    Coaching Skills for Self and Others

    Andreas, Steve & Connirae; Heart of the Mind. Real People Press, Moab, Utah, 1989. Steve and Connirae offer numerous clearly-stated methods of personal change using NLP.

    Dilts, Robert; Hollbom, Tim; and Smith, Suzi; Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being. (available from Metamorphous Press, Portland), 1990. This work develops methods of applying inner patterns of values-based thinking to physical health and emotional well-being.

    Douglas, Lloyd; Magnificent Obsession. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1929. This book is full of fascinating characters, riddles and lessons to engage in deep personal change. The 1935 movie with Jean Dunne and Robert Taylor is also great. It was Marion Laboratories founder Ewing Kauffman's favorite book.

    Faulkner, Charles; Metaphors of Identity. (three audio-tapes). Genesis II, Longmont Colorado, 303-823-5053, 1991. Charles specializes, in making deep operating metaphors explicit and available for personal change.

    Gerling, Kelly; Faulkner, Charles; Hollbom, Tim; McDonald, Robert; Schmidt, Gerry; and Smith, Suzi. NLP: The New Technology of Achievement. (six audio-tapes), Nightingale-Conant, Inc., Chicago, 1991. The six of us developed a user-oriented, practical approach to applying the amazing learning technologies of NLP for personal change.

    Gerling, Kelly; Faulkner, Charles; Andreas, Steve; Hollbom, Tim; McDonald, Robert; Schmidt, Gerry; and Smith, Suzi. NLP: The New Technology of Achievement. (book, 354 pages), William Morrow & Company, Inc., New York, 1994. This book is an updated version of the tape set described above with many exercises and examples of NLP applied to business.

    Leonard, George B.; Mastery. Penguin Books, New York, 1991. This remarkable little book lays out the mastery concept that he first developed in his 1987 article in the May issue of Esquire magazine.

    Negotiation Skills

    Chase, Stuart; Roads to Agreement: Successful Methods in the Science of Human Relations. Harper & Brothers, New York. 1951. Chase offers well-described examples of different methods for creating agreements. This book includes innovative methods pioneered by the Quakers.

    Follet, Mary; Dynamic Administration. Harper & Row. New York. 1940. In this book, Follet originates the integrative solution to negotiation deadlocks through the use of logical level shifts.

    Fisher, Roger and Ury, William; Getting to Yes. Penguin Books, 1981. This short book describes many useful approaches to ethical and effective negotiation developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project.

    Gerling, Kelly Patrick; Universals of Negotiation: A Conceptual Framework for Building Performance Models of Conflict Resolution and Cooperation in Small Groups. Ph.D. Dissertation. American Commonwealth University, San Diego, 569 pages. 1988. (Available at Rockhurst College library.) This work provides a synthesis of negotiation methods from fields including negotiation, law, mediation, biology, neuro-linguistic programming, anthropology, cybernetics and communication theory. The synthesis is formed into a model that has applications in negotiation research and negotiation training design.

    Gulliver, P. H.; Disputes and Negotiations: A Cross-cultural Perspective. Academic Press, 1980. This work is a classic in negotiation research.

    Wall, James A.; Mediation: An Analysis, Review and Proposed Research. In Journal of Conflict Resolution, 25(1). 1981. Wall summarizes much of the research that has been done in modern times on the process of mediation. In addition, he develops a comprehensive approach to the practice of mediation.

    Presentation Skills

    Montalbo, Thomas; The Power of Eloquence: Magic Key to Success in Public Speaking. Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1984. This fine book offers many specific examples of the verbal structures of eloquent speechmaking.

    Parkhurst, William; The Eloquent Executive. Times Books, Random House, New York, 1988. This strictly how-to-do-it book provides many specific and useful tips for organization and technique.
    Safire, William; Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speech In History. W. W. Norton. New York. 1992. This is the best collection of great presentation transcripts we have found. It has transcripts of 200 of the best speeches ever made.

    Thomsett, Michael C.; The Little Black Book of Business Speaking. AMACOM, New York. 1989. Covering many details for preparation and delivery, this book is a helpful guide.
    Wilder, Claudyne; The Presentations Kit. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. 1990. This is the best summary of basic presentation skills we have found.

    Organizational Learning

    Bennis, Warren and Nanus, Burt; Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge. Harper & Row, New York, 1985. This classic book contains many leadership basics and explains them clearly.

    Block, Peter; Stewardship. Berrett Koehler, San Francisco, 1993. This book delineates how the new organizational paradigm will manifest as new organizational structures. Block is one of the few writers who challenged the existing power structures of corporations in the 1990s.

    Deming, Edwards E.; Out of Crisis. MIT, Cambridge. 1982. Deming describes many of the visible changes in organizational procedures, structures, systems and measurements that lead to innovation. It is brilliant.

    Fromm, Bill; The Ten Commandments of Business & How to Break Them. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1991. Bill's book is full of shining examples of specifics for improving employee morale and stimulating innovation.

    Gardner, Howard; Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership. Basic Books / HarperCollins. 1995. Howard Gardner explores the qualities and characteristics of eleven leaders. Emphasizing both the role of stories and the inner dimensions of thinking, this book provides many useful insights and examples.

    Garfield, Charles; Second to None: How Our Smartest Companies Put People First. Business One Irwin, Homewood, IL 60430. 1992. This offers many examples of the practices of leading organizations. It also features exerts from interviews with top leaders.

    Hammer, Michael and Champy, James. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution. HarperCollins, New York, 1993. Full of examples of real organizational change, Hammer and Champy offer detailed case studies of the structural transformations needed in organizations today. Their work carefully documents what organizations need to do in the case of certain organizational inefficiencies. It goes very well with the how to do it approach of our work at The Leadership Project.

    Harman, Willis and Hormann, John. Creative Work: The Constructive Role of Business in a Transforming Society. Knowledge Systems, Indianapolis, IN, 1990. This visionary, far-sighted book is essential reading. It outlines the features of the business of the 21st century clearly.

    Jacobs, Jane. Cities and the Wealth of Nations. Vintage Press - Random House. New York. 1984. This book describes decentralization strategies for nations based on the city as the fundamental economic unit. She offers lots of serious and detailed evidence for her conclusion that cities, not nations are the unit for the evolution of our economic prosperity.

    Jacobs, Jane. Systems of Survival. Vintage Press - Random House. New York. 1993. Expanding on Cities and the Wealth of Nations, this book offers practical solutions to our economic difficulties that utilize physiological paradigms. We are convinced that when this kind of systems thinking is applied to the leadership of nations, western culture will create the organizational learning structures necessary for us to create the new era we are now entering.

    Kanter, Rosabeth Moss; The Change Masters. Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, 1983. Full of excellent case studies, this book describes how organizations learn and innovate through changes in structure and the addition of important relationship skills.

    Kouzes, James and Posner, Barry; The Leadership Challenge: How to Get Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1990. In this book you'll find plenty of specific prescriptions for executive leadership behaviors-what to do. It is really good.

    Kuhn, Thomas; The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Univ. of Chicago, 1970. This classic book both introduces the modern concept of paradigm and the historic structure of cultural change. It focuses on cultural change in scientific communities. The implications for organizational learning and culture change are profound.

    Mills, D. Quinn; Rebirth of the Corporation. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1991. Quinn Mills outlines a creative and revolutionary approach to organizational structure called clusters. We consider these ideas very important.

    McKeown, Kate; Beyond IBM: Leadership, Marketing and Finance for the 1990's. Enter Publishing, Washington D.C., 1989. This book answers many questions of great value-why did IBM thrive for so many years? Why are those strategies and assumptions are no longer valid for the 1990's. Recent performances by IBM have validated many of their contentions.

    Morgan, Gareth; Images of Organization. Sage Publications, 1985. Morgan applies metaphors to descriptions of organizations. It is both comprehensive and useful for giving us additional lenses for viewing our organizations. This is essential reading for our values-based approach.

    Nirenberg, John. The Living Organization: Transforming Teams into Workplace Communities. Irwin Professional Publishing, Burr Ridge Illinois, 1993. Documenting the transformation from bureaucracy to community, Nirenberg develops a philosophy of organization along with examples.

    Oakley, Ed and Krug, Doug; Enlightened Leadership. Stonetree Publishing, Denver, 1992. This readable book offers a fine framework for organizational change and leadership.

    Peters, Tom; Thriving on Chaos. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1987. Lists many qualities, policies and activities associated with top organizations.

    Peters, Tom; Liberation Management. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992. Tom Peters expands his tremendous expertise at doing case studies by demonstrating new patterns of structure that are emerging in the 1990's. It has a wealth of knowledge contained within its cases.

    Rosen, Robert; The Healthy Company: Eight Strategies to Develop People, Productivity and Profits. J.P. Tarcher Inc., Los Angeles, 1991. Rosen offers many examples of structures, philosophies and policies that characterize the new emerging model of leadership in U.S. companies.

    Schuster, John P.; Hum-Drum to Hot Diggity, Steadfast Publishers, Kansas City, MO, 1992. This interesting and readable book outlines, through delicious reading tidbits, the thinking of organizational consultant, John P. Schuster. Reading this book takes the reader underneath the clichés of management theory to the essence of human factors in business.

    Schuster, John P., Carpenter, Jill and Kane, Patricia; The Power of Open-Book Mangement: Releasing the true potential of people's minds, hearts and hands. John Wiley and Sons. 1996. This superb book is full of useful how-to's, milestones for progress and real examples based on the authors' consulting practice. It is a whole system for open book implementation. And it is also revolutionary in bringing "no-kidding ownership" (their term) to organizations who apply their work.

    Semler, Ricardo; Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace. Warner Books, New York, 1993. A biography of organizational change, Semler's story chronicles a courageous journey towards a self-organizing business. It's both unconventional and full of the elusive obvious.

    Senge, Peter, M.; The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization. Doubleday, New York, 1990. This work is especially effective for detailing the third position, objective views of organization as a way to improve organizational learning. The organization he is affiliated with, the MIT Organizational Learning Center, does fine work with organizations. They apply systems thinking and many other aspects of organizational learning directly with organizations. Their journal, The Systems Thinker, is good reading.

    Tapscott, Don and Caston, Art; Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology. McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, 1993. The authors trace the link between information technology development and organizational transformation. It is very practical and insightful.

    Treacy, Michael and Wiersema, Fred; The Discipline of Market Leaders. Addison Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1995. While process reengineering describes a process for paradigm-shifting change in how to work better, this book describes a process for deciding what work to do. It is superb.

    Waldrop, M. Mitchell; Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993. Waldrop demonstrates biographically how biologists, physicists, computer scientists, systems researchers and economists are integrating their disciplines into a new synthesis-the science of complexity. This work is integral to the values-based approach to leadership.

    Weisbord, Marvin R.; Discovering Common Ground. Berrett Koehler, San Francisco, 1992. Weisbord and his collection of co-authors document how conferences can bring people together to achieve breakthrough innovation, empowerment, shared vision and collaborative action. It has lots of fine case studies.

    Wheatley, Margaret. Leadership and the New Science. Berrett Koehler Publishers, San Francisco. 1992. Wheatley's essays make connections between chaos dynamics and quantum physics to the thinking and practice of leadership.