Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

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Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

by Dan Pontefract

Wiley | March 25, 2013 | Hardcover

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Arms you with powerful tools for overcoming resistance to change and creating a culture of collaboration, engagement, and employee empowerment

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration.

  • Develops an integrated framework incorporating collaboration, open leadership, technologies, and connected learning
  • Shows you how to flatten the organizational pyramid and engage with your peoples in more collaborative and productive ways—without undermining your authority
  • Explains how to deploy a Connected Leader mindset, a Participative Leader Framework, and a Collaborative Leader Action Model
  • Arms you with powerful tools for becoming a more visible leader who demonstrates the qualities and capabilities needed to become an agent of positive change

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 0.98 in

Published: March 25, 2013

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118529790

ISBN - 13: 9781118529799

Found in: Management and Leadership

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone is a Leader Everyone has a leadership part to play regardless of role. Flat Army connects the dots between what leadership was, what it is, and what it needs be, which is one focused on connection, collaboration, participation, learning and technology.
Date published: 2013-04-04

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Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

by Dan Pontefract

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 0.98 in

Published: March 25, 2013

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118529790

ISBN - 13: 9781118529799

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xCHAPTER 1: THE MONA LISA IS SO SMALL! 1My Fears 5Whose Job Is Leadership, Anyway? 7Engaging Defi nitions 9Why Is Engagement Good? 14Why Is Disengagement Bad? 16The Organization vs. Life Itself 18Why This Book? Why “Flat Army”? 20CHAPTER 2: HOW’D WE GET SO RIGID? 27The Grocery Store of Hierarchy 29Monarchy as a Catalyst? 32War Games and the Industrial Revolution 34The Dark Side 36Organizational Learned Helplessness 41CHAPTER 3: THE CONNECTED LEADER 46Open Says Me 48The Connected Leader Chasm 50Falling into the Chasm 52From the Harmful to the Hopeful 55An Apple Story 55A Johnson & Johnson Story 57The Flat Army Philosophy 60The Connected Leader Attributes (CLA) 61The Three Be’s of General Sherman 63The Participative Leader Framework 67The Collaborative Leader Action Model 69The Pervasive Learning and Collaboration Technologies Models 70CHAPTER 4: BECOMING A CONNECTED LEADER 72Trusting 74Involving 77Empathizing 79Developing 82Communicating 86CHAPTER 5: BEING A CONNECTED LEADER 90Analyzing 92Deciding 95Delivering 98Cooperating 101Clowning 105CHAPTER 6: BEYOND THE CONNECTED LEADER 110Coaching 112Measuring 116Exploring 119Adapting 122Bettering 125CHAPTER 7: THE PARTICIPATIVE LEADER FRAMEWORK 132The Untutored Eye 132Say It Forward 134Guanxi 136Autopoiesis 139Know Who You Know: Neighbor Networks 140Putting It All Together 145The Participative Leader Framework 146Continuous 147Authentic 148Reciprocal 148Educating 149Direct Professional and Personal Networks 149Contribu
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Arms you with powerful tools for overcoming resistance to change and creating a culture of collaboration, engagement, and employee empowerment

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration.

  • Develops an integrated framework incorporating collaboration, open leadership, technologies, and connected learning
  • Shows you how to flatten the organizational pyramid and engage with your peoples in more collaborative and productive ways—without undermining your authority
  • Explains how to deploy a Connected Leader mindset, a Participative Leader Framework, and a Collaborative Leader Action Model
  • Arms you with powerful tools for becoming a more visible leader who demonstrates the qualities and capabilities needed to become an agent of positive change

From the Jacket

FLAT: to be on a level surface, not in a hierarchy

ARMY: a large group of people who share similar aims or beliefs

FLAT ARMY: an unobstructed flow of corporate commonality

About the Author

Dan Pontefract is the Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS (www.telus.com). He is responsible for the overarching leadership development, learning and collaboration strategy for the company. He has driven a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences learning. Called "Learning 2.0", it's a social, informal and formal learning and collaboration model for all 40,000+ team members, bringing TELUS to the forefront of learning leadership. Dan also championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all TELUS team members, alongside a litany of social collaboration technologies.

When he's not cycling, he's goofing around with Denise, Claire, Cole and Cate. You can reach him at www.danpontefract.com.