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Managing the Dream: Reflections on Leadership and Change
Warren Bennis

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Format: Paperback, 256pp.
ISBN: 9780738203324
Publisher: Perseus Publishing
Pub. Date: July 2000

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A surprising, thought-provoking, powerful collection, the best essays from Warren Bennis, the world's preeminent writer on leadership Warren Bennis has become synonymous with leadership, exploring all its dimensions as both practitioner and scholar for over four decades. Managing the Dream is an intimate portrait of leadership, comprising over a dozen essays that represent the author's most incisive and creative thinking. It features many of Bennis' most recent works, including "The End of Leadership," and a new preface reflecting on the challenge of leadership in the new millennium.


"Few observers of American business have led as interesting a life as Warren Bennis...this guru has lived through every twist of modern management ....Reading [this book] is like spending several hours in the company of a smart, fascinating man."
Business Week

"Bennis's lifelong quest to hold things together in the face of uncertainty is consolidated in these essays. Their vividness and humanity compel readers to keep that quest alive."
Karl E. Weick,, University of Michigan

"Warren Bennis has truly achieved wisdom in the field of leadership so it is wonderful to see a collection of his works that enables us all to share his marvelous insights. This will be a very important book."
Edgar H. Schein, MIT Sloan School of Management

"Managing the Dream is the ultimate distillation of Bennis's incredible oeuvre on leadership. Brilliance and wisdom sparkle on every page. In these wonderfully written essays, Bennis probes relentlessly to uncover the complexities, the dangers, the anguish, and the exhilaration of leadership. No one does it better!"
Jean Lipman-Blumen, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University


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Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Bennis has served on the faculties of MIT's Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Boston University. He served for seven years as president of the University of Cincinnati, where he coined the metaphor for the title of this book. He has been observing and writing about leadership for more than four decades and is the best-selling author of over 25 books, including Leaders, On Becoming a Leader, and An Invented Life, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Tom Peters ix
Preface xiii
Introduction: The Dreams—and Nightmares—of Leaders xvii
Part 1Negotiating the Dream: Lessons in the Art of Leading1
1Managing the Dream3
2The Four Competencies of Leadership13
3On the Leading Edge of Change25
4Change: The New Metaphysics31
5Information Overload Anxiety (and How to overcome it)39
6Cope with Speed and Complexity (Raplexity)51
7The Leadership Advantage55
Part 2Organizing the Dream: Social Architecture for the New Global Village65
8Is Democracy Inevitable?67
9The Coming Death of Bureaucracy89
10Corporate Boards103
11Our Federalist Future113
12The Secrets of Great Groups135
13The End of Leadership143
14Paradigm Shifts161
15The Case for Co-Leaders167
Part 3Embodying the Dream: Lessons in Character187
16An Invented Life189
17The Years of Scholarship: An Intellectual Memoir227
18The Wallenda Factor249
19When to Resign253
21The Leader as Storyteller273
22Operating on Instinct283
23Postscript: The Future Has No Shelf Life295

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