Creating WE

Creating WE

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Glaser, Judith E. Platinum Press Inc., 2005
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According to Glaser, organizations lose their spirit, become mediocre, and die when they fall prey to what she calls the self-serving I-centric behaviors of control, blame, resignation, attachment to the past, overconfidence, deference to authority, and negative self-talk. However, when leaders strive to trigger the innate "Vital Partnering Instincts" of learning, growth, and nourishment, they are able to transform toxic organizational cultures and relationships into healthy "WE-centric" environments. Creating WE provides a synthesis of the best thinking on organizational, team, and leadership development to help readers understand these key organizational management and leadership competencies. Page after page of examples and stories, culled from the headlines and Glaser's 20-year practice, illustrates the unique challenges and related opportunities involved. And, a treasure trove of guidelines and tips, best practices, practical exercises/tools, and matrices highlight the important issues to be considered in creating WE. Taken together, these elements offer individuals, in any role, an integrated framework and methodology for creating and maintaining healthy organizations in which the focus is no longer on "my success" but on "our success." Creating WE is both a humanistic and a practical manual about the growth and transformation of the individual-it is about what Glaser says we all intuitively know about human nature "that we can only grow and thrive when we have concern for others in the organization." Essentially, what this comes down to is a call for teamwork at the level of human DNA-our primordial need as living, breathing organisms for learning, growing, and nourishing relationships between our minds (spirits) and body and between our bodies and our environment (the other living, breathing "organisms" that surround us.) Glaser seems to have joined forces with others who have awakened to what Marge Schiller (author of Appreciative Leaders) says is "the depth of interconnectedness in our world and in our lives."