A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (10th Anniversary, Revised Edition)

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Church Publishing, Inc., 2017 - 288 pagina's
Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's best-selling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever, and this revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, and politicians and teachers. His understandings about our regressed, "seatbelt society," oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the "quick fixes" and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argued for strength and selfdifferentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. A Failure of Nerve was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death and originally published in a limited edition. This new edition cleans up some oversights in the original and brings his life-changing insights and challenges to a new generation of readers. "Reading this book is like discovering an unpublished Beethoven sonata or a missing play of Shakespeare. Ed Friedman was one of our most brilliant, original, and provocative thinkers across the fields of therapy, ministry, and organizational leadership." --Professor William J. Doherty, Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota
 

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THE PROBLEM WITH LEADERSHIP
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Chapter One IMAGINATIVE GRIDLOCK AND THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
33
Chapter Two A SOCIETY IN REGRESSION
57
THE FALLACY OF EXPERTISE
103
THE FALLACY OF EMPATHY
141
THE FALLACIES OF SELF
169
Chapter Six TAKE FIVE
199
Chapter Seven EMOTIONAL TRIANGLES
217
THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
243
Epilogue THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST
263
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Edwin H. Friedman (1932-1996) was an ordained rabbi and practicing family therapist. An in-demand consultant and public speaker throughout the country, he led leadership training programs for government, business, religious, and psychotherapy professionals at his Center for Family Process. His groundbreaking volumes Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, which exposed the connections between emotional processes at home and at work in religious, educational, therapeutic, and business systems, have become modern classics. He lived in Washington, DC. The Rev. Dr. Peter L. Steinke was a noted author, congregational systems thinker, and teacher. He died in 2020.

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