Monthly Archives: July 2012

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Heath C, Heath D.  Switch:  How to Change Things When Change is Hard.  New York, NY; Random House, 2010.

Recommended by:  Tom Munyer, U of FL  CoP

 Star Rating: 5 (It’s Great)

Review:  New York Times Best Seller, authors of MADE TO STICK, another Best Seller.  Easy read, “story-driven narrative” where they address both the rational and emotional parts of our minds. They show how to effect transformative change… how successful changes follows a pattern, that can be used to make changes that matter.


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Filed under Changing Perceptions/Paradigms

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Heifetz R, Grashow A, and Linsky M.  The Practice of Adaptive Leadership.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Publishing, 2009.

Recommended by:  Todd Sorensen, U of MN CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership” is the applied version of Heifetz and Linsky’s book “Leadership on the Line.”  While many audiences can take away important lessons from this book, it is most specifically written to positional leaders in large organizations.

The book is sequenced across 5 themes:  1) Introduction to Adaptive Leadership,  2) Diagnosing the System,  3) Mobilizing the System,  4) See Yourself as a System and 5) Deploy Yourself.  Each section moves into concepts and strategies focused on addressing the difficult work of leading adaptive change in organizations.

Most of the book operates at level that would be well beyond what would typically be covered in leadership development coursework for pharmacy students.  At the University of Minnesota, our work with Adaptive Leadership has been primarily to ensure that students can recognize the difference between adaptive challenges and technical problems.  We also highlight the importance of perspective (concept of “Getting on the Balcony”).  From this book, we are currently only using the second chapter (“The Theory Behind the Practice”) as a “just in time” reading for senior students enrolled in a leadership emphasis program while they are engaged in an effort where they have assumed responsibility for leading change.

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Filed under Instructor Resources, Organizational Change/Excellence, Pharmacy Student Electives-Advanced

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence

Goleman D, Boyatzis R, McKee A.  Primal Leadership:  Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence.  Harvard Boston, MA:  Business Review Press, 2004.

Recommended by:  Susanna Wu-Pong, VCU SoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  This book is a helpful addition to an EQ assessment.

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Filed under Personal Development, Pharmacy Graduate Students

On Becoming a Leader

Bennis W. On Becoming a Leader. Basic Books: New York, 2009.

Recommended by:  Alan Spies, U of OK CoP

Star Rating:  5 (It was great!)

Review:  This may be the finest leadership book I have read. Not only is this book a classic but it also provides inspiration for any leader. I have used many quotes from this book and each time I go back and re-read this book, I gain additional insight. In discussing this book with students, I have found that each student really enjoyed reading this classic.

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Filed under Inspirational, Instructor Resources, Personal Development