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Fusion Leadership : Unlocking the Subtle Forces That Change People and Organizations

Richard L. Daft and Robert H. Lengel

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Format: Paperback, 302pp.
ISBN: 9781576750803
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pub. Date: August 2000 (Paperback Edition / Hardcover-March 1998)

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Fusion Leadership offers a striking new metaphor for managing and leading organizations-based on the principle of fusion (a joining together) rather than fission (a splitting apart or separation), and provides a practical bridge to New Science and Systems Theory ideas.

Fusion Leadership describes a new way of leading based on "fusion," a coming together of whole individuals to accomplish mutual goals based on shared vision and values. Fusion leaders are those who engage not only the bodies and minds of their employees, but also their hearts and souls. Unlike the traditional, hierarchical "fission" management style used for centuries in business, fusion leadership supports personal growth and ingenuity, qualities that facilitate change.

Building on the New Science assumptions that organizations can act as living systems and evolve with changing conditions, Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together. Fusion, the authors reveal, unleashes subtle forces-mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity-which can fundamentally transform organizations.

Mindfulness, they say, represents independent thinking, personal creativity, and an open mind. Vision encompasses the higher purpose toward which people work. Heart represents caring and compassion-positive feelings that underlie workplace relationships. Communication influences vision, values, and emotions; it also involves listening and discerning. Courage motivates people to take risks. Integrity involves honesty, trust, and service-going beyond self-interest to give something to the organization. Through stories, parables, and probing questions, the book helps readers begin to revive these qualities within themselves. It also shows the value and applications of social technologies based on conversation-including dialogue, future search, and whole-scale change-which leaders can use to create organizational fusion, unleashing new synergies among people and achieving far-reaching results.


"In today's topsy-turvy business world, being the same or a little better just doesn't cut it. Fusion Leadership gives a touching and powerful voice to the spirit of 'uniqueness' that lies dormant in our bellies and hidden behind corporate structures. A must-read for those who choose to accept the challenge of leadership."

—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

"Fusion Leadership is a fascinating and insightful look into the philosophical, scientific, and practical forces that enable people and organizations to become synergistic. This remarkable book illustrates its very thesis-the fusion of two experienced, accomplished people integrating the wisdom of both the academy and the 'street.'"

—Stephen R. Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"For too long, leadership has created war zones of separateness in business organizations. Now comes a refreshing alternative: 'fusion leadership,' which capitalizes on the superior energy of pulling together. A powerful concept in a world looking for something different, presented in a uniquely engaging way."

—Terrence E. Deal, coauthor of Leading with Soul and Corporate Celebration


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Transformation Miracle1
Part 1The Promise of Fusion
1Fusion Leadership9
2Breaking With the Past29
Part 2Unlocking Subtle Forces Through Personal Fusion
3The Challenge of Personal Fusion47
Part 3Unlocking Subtle Forces Through Organizational Fusion
10Organizational Fusion195
11Fusion Technologies and Events213
12Fusion Principles236
13Final Words About Fusion Leadership251
The Authors289

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