The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World

Paperback | October 7, 2014

byDavid K. Hurst

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David Hurst has a unique knowledge of organizations-their function and their failure-both in theory and in practice. He has spent twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in crises and turnaround conditions, and is also a widely experienced consultant, teacher, and writer on business. This book is his innovative integration of management practice and theory, using a systems perspective and analogies drawn from nature to illustrate groundbreaking ideas and their practical application. It is designed for readers unfamiliar with sophisticated management concepts and for active practitioners seeking to advance their management and leadership skills.

Hurst's objective is to help readers make meaning from their own management experience and education, and to encourage improvement in their practical judgment and wisdom. His approach takes an expansive view of organizations, connecting their development to humankind's evolutionary heritage and cultural history. It locates the origins of organizations in communities of trust and follows their development and maturation. He also crucially tracks the decline of organizations as they age and shows how their strengths become weaknesses in changing circumstances.

Hurst's core argument is that the human mind is rational in an ecological, rather than a logical, sense. In other words, it has evolved to extract cues to action from the specific situations in which it finds itself. Therefore contexts matter, and Hurst shows how passion, reason, and power can be used to change and sustain organizations for good and ill. The result is an inspirational synthesis of management theory and practice that will resonate with every reader's experience.

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David Hurst has a unique knowledge of organizations-their function and their failure-both in theory and in practice. He has spent twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in crises and turnaround conditions, and is also a widely experienced consultant, teacher, and writer on business. This book is his innovative integration of...

David K. Hurst is a speaker, consultant, writer, and management educator with extensive experience as a senior executive and an encyclopedic knowledge of management thought. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Regina's Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, associated with the Center for Creative Leadership, and a con...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231159714

ISBN - 13:9780231159715

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: What to ExpectPart I: The Dimensions of Change1. Lost in Management Thought2. Economics, Evolution, and Ecology3. Scale in Space and Time4. Why Wal-Mart's Growth Is like a Forest's5. The Ecocycle: Life, Death, and Renewal6. The Ecocycle in Human OrganizationsPart II: The Front Loop: Nothing Fails like Success7. Communities of Trust8. Logic and Power9. Climbing the Ladder of Abstraction10. The Product Life Cycle Meets the Ecocycle11. The Pathologies of Power12. The Onset of CrisisPart III: The Back Loop: from Crisis to Renewal13. Wisdom from the Scriptures14. Into the Wilderness15. Climbing the Mountain16. The Logic of Leadership17. The Complete Ecocycle18. Vice and VirtuePart IV: Staying in the Sweet Zone19. Tools and Settings in the Sweet Zone20. Power Tools and Settings: Instructions and Directions21. Management Tools and Settings: Rules and Incentives22. Leadership Tools and Settings: Images and Invitations23. Culture Tools and Settings: Custom and Convention24. Change in Depth25. The Design of Choice26. Lean: The Practice of "Both... And"27. Prescribed Burns: Context, Conflict, Crisis, and Creation28. Growing People29. Don't Throw the Past Away Part V: A Brief Orientation and Field Guide 30. Using the Ecocycle: Key Concepts and QuestionsNotesBibliographyIndex

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A thoughtful, eclectic look at organizations.