Category Archives: Pharmacy Student Electives-Advanced

Consider these books for advanced leadership elective/rotations with more senior/experienced pharmacy students.

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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Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Life and Work

Wagner, R. and Muller, G. Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Life and Work. New York, NY: Gallup Press, 2009.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 3 (Liked it)

Review:   Partnership is incredibly important to leadership.  In particular, partnerships may be vital in helping to manage weaknesses.  I’ve been looking for a book that provides an overview of the elements of a successful partnership.  This book fits that bill.  I’ve recommended it to students that are working in extended partnerships.  When both partners have read it and discussed the concepts, students have reported that it is helpful.  Students have reported really liking the examples of partnerships.  I found some of the example to be repetitive of other books I’ve read, otherwise I would have probably personally rated it higher.

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The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Arbinger Institute. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2008.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 3 (Liked it)

Review:  This book is another easy-to-read and digest fable from the Arbinger Institute.  Since 2007, we’ve had students and pharmacists read Leadership and Self Deception to rave reviews.  Although some content is repeated in this book, I found the repetition to be reinforcing and minimal.  There is plenty of new content.  For those that want to get a bigger picture perspective on conflict,  I found it to be a logical extension to Leadership and Self Deception.

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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

Simmons, A. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins. New York, NY: AMACOM, 2007.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating:  4 (Really Liked It)

Review:   In Heart of Change, Kotter suggests that we respond strongly to story and that facts often aren’t enough.  Kouzes and Posner also emphasize story as an important aspect of many of the Exemplary Practices of Leaders, especially in celebrating success.  This book gives more detail and helped to convince me that we need to emphasize, use and teach story better.   Simmons has written other books.  I consider this the most practical.  It provides the best overview and is the easiest read.

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Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2010.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  Encouraging the Heart is one of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.  At our school, students in the spring leadership elective read The Student Leadership Challenge, which introduces the Practices, and take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI), which assesses the Practices.  I then have this book as an option in the Leadership Best Sellers course (a required course for those that elect to move on in the Leadership Emphasis Area).  It’s an ideal step for those that want to delve further into this Practice and is frequently selected by students.  It gives the reader a much stronger understanding of the process for Encouraging the Heart, as well as many practical ideas for recognizing others.

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Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2011.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

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Review: Model the Way is one of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.  At our school, students in the spring leadership elective read The Student Leadership Challenge, which introduces the Practices, and take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI), which assesses the Practices.  I then have this book as an option in the Leadership Best Sellers course.  I don’t have a lot of experience with the book yet.  I’m currently reading it, along with two students.  I would appreciate anyone’s comments!

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The Heart of Change: Real-Life Storiesof How People Change Their Organization

Kotter, J. and Cohen, D. The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organization. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  This book is an excellent extension on Our Iceberg is Melting.  I especially like the discussion around See-Feel-Change vs. Think-Analyze-Change.  Some of the cases, particular Glove on the Boardroom Table, have been helpful to us in class.  So, you may want to consider this as an Instructor’s Resource to help with how you supplement Iceberg.  We also use it as an optional reading for students.  It can be helpful for students to read Iceberg and then read this a year or so later to remind themselves of concepts and expand their knowledge further.

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