Written by one of the world's leading management consultants, Evolutionary Leadership offers a vibrant style of leadership that will enlighten executives and inspire them to rethink their companies in an ever-changing economy. With business practices changing every day, companies must create environments of speed...
Written by one of the world's leading management consultants, Evolutionary Leadership offers a vibrant style of leadership that will enlighten executives and inspire them to rethink their companies in an ever-changing economy. With business practices changing every day, companies must create environments of speed and flexibility that will engage employees and allow radical ideas to thrive. Susan Annunzio takes readers beyond typical management-speak, offering a blueprint for leading by
* promoting environments that succeed amid constant change.
* igniting passion for saving America's traditional businesses.
* thinking about where your company is heading and how to get there.
With real-world examples, Annunzio shows how to create a more productive working environment by attacking traditional priorities in unconventional ways.
Susan Annunzio's eLeadership is designed for savvy Old Economy managers who recognize that things like telecommuting and T-1 lines are in their futures, but who aren't exactly sure how to integrate such aspects of the techno-revolution into their organizations without sacrificing control and their current positions. Change-management specialist Annunzio says that established structures and cultures must first be transformed, and the key is a flexible but fast-paced leadership style rooted in a five-step process that "will show you how to attack your environmental problems, how to model and encourage the right behavior, and how to make your words and actions match--so you can speed up your organization, inspire your young, cynical, or dispirited employees, and move forward into the New Economy." The crux of her plan is the 20/60/20 Rule, which calls for using the top 20 percent of a workforce to influence the middle 60 percent and diminish the power of the bottom 20 percent. In detailing this and other principles (Ask the Unaskable, Speak the Unspeakable; Make Loud Statements; Communicate Irreverently; Celebrate Heroes), Annunzio incorporates real-life examples and practical checklists to help ease a transition that will fundamentally alter any business that employs them.
From Publishers Weekly
Annunzio, consultant with Nextera Enterprises, says that today's CEOs and managers must take a fresh approach to work, even if they're not actively involved in the Internet economy. With changes occurring almost continuously, executives need to recruit the best employees, encourage radical thinking and foster communication (especially among younger workers). Annunzio gives a rare and detailed treatment of the workplace relationship between generations X and Y. Enhanced by real-life examples, her points are sharpened by bulleted lists.
Annunzio is a consultant specializing in leadership, communication, and e-business transformation; has taught business at Chicago's Depaul University; and is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. She is also a partner at Nextera, part of the Knowledge Universe consulting and training conglomerate headed by Michael Milken. Annunzio is certainly not the first to make the case that successful companies today must react quickly and be flexible. But while others have offered strategies and proposed organizational structures best suited to this new environment, Annunzio (with the help of coauthor Liesse) focuses on leadership skills. She argues that today's successful leader requires skills and qualities "quite different from the old command-and-control leaders of yesterday": honesty, responsiveness, vigilance, a willingness to learn (and relearn), a sense of adventure, vision, and altruism. Communicating well is key, says Annunzio, as she spotlights differences in the philosophies and viewpoints between the baby-boom generation and that of the so-called "X" and "Y" generations.
Chicago-based consultant Susan Annunzio offers a concise lesson on leading in the Information Age. Though her speaking style is flat, her ideas and writing are decidedly not as she shows how technological change impacts the challenges of leadership. The speed of today's workplace can separate workers on the basis of age, computer literacy, educational level, communication style, intellectual flexibility, and comfort with hierarchical organizational structures. Annunzio integrates a wide range of forces and funnels her ideas into clear lessons about how to lead in this environment. She is especially articulate about the new way free-agent employees define themselves, the shift from material to intellectual products, and the renewed emphasis on fast and effective customer service. T.W.