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Resources & Publications

Below is a list of resources that we hope you find helpful.

Life Cycle of Systems

This model, adapted from work by Margaret Wheatley and the Art of Hosting Community, highlights how systems evolve and change over time and the roles that people play in that evolution.

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World Café: Deborah Gilburg at Fenway TEDx Conference

Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change by Peter Plastrik & Madeline Taylor

This Handbook is an excellent resource for understanding networks, how they function, the variations that exist, and how they can be built to take action.

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Technical/Adaptive Challenge Model based on work of R. Heifetz and M. Linsky

A handout depicting a comparative model based on the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky that helps distinguish between Technical and Adaptive Challenges, and the leader's role in each case. Also included is an approach for working adaptively, based on the work of Nancy Dixon and Trish Silber. 

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New Project? Don’t Analyze — Act! by L. Schlesinger, C. Kiefer & P. Brown

Surprising new insights from research on serial entrepreneurs illuminates how they initiate and launch new, innovative projects in a climate of extreme uncertainty while minimizing risks. The article offers an excellent perspective for working adaptively.

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Leadership in a Permanent Crisis by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky

When the economy recovers, things won’t return to normal—and a different mode of leadership will be required.

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Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy

The science of stamina has advanced to the point where individuals, teams, and whole organizations can, with some straightforward interventions, significantly increase their capacity to get things done. Read article

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Leadership that Gets Results by Daniel Goleman

New research suggests that the most effective executives use a collection of distinct leadership styles — each in the right measure, at just the right time. Such flexibility is tough to put into action, but it pays off in performance. And, better yet, it can be learned. 

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The Making of a Corporate Athlete by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Some executives thrive under pressure. Others will wilt. Is the reason all in their heads? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands physical and emotional strength as well as a sharp intellect. To bring mind, body, and spirit to peak condition, executives need to learn what world-class athletes already know: recovering energy is as important as expending it.

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Reading’s World Café: Increasing Community Engagement in Planning for the Future by Deborah Gilburg,

The story of how one community (Reading, Massachusetts) brought residents together to talk honestly about its future. 

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Management Techniques for Bringing Out the Best in Generation Y by Deborah Gilburg

They're your high-maintenance, entitled, technologically sophisticated and fickle new talent pool. Generation Y, a.k.a. the Millennials, is also potentially the most high-performing generation in decades. Here's the lowdown on what makes them tick and how to work most effectively with them. 

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Leadership and Generation X by Deborah Gilburg

This follow up article to Gen X: Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate explores the collective socio-economic experiences of Generation X and how this creates common values and behaviors that define the Gen X persona. Drawing on the research of Strauss & Howe, Deborah Gilburg illuminates the shared values, strengths and leadership challenges that confront Gen Xers as they prepare to take the reins from the retiring Baby Boom.

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Generation X: Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate by Deborah Gilburg

How to leverage the mind-share of retiring Baby Boomers to advance your career. 

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Problem Solving for Inveterate Fixers by Deborah Gilburg

Many CIOs have succeeded by finding answers, providing solutions, fixing things. But one of the best methods for solving problems is to defy the urgent need to provide a solution, and make time for questions.

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A CIO’s Guide to Communication Basics by Deborah Gilburg

Good communication habits are fundamental to ensuring a productive workplace, satisfied customers and career advancement. 

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Should You Teach, Coach or Mentor? by Jonathan Gilburg

How you can groom your best employees to elevate department productivity and status, and ensure strong leadership succession in your management ranks. 

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Jay Smooth: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing about Race

Daniel Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

How Do We Get Better At Collaborating?

GLI summary of the brain science behind our capacity to collaborate or not.

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How Do I Build Trust and Engage Others?

GLI breakdown of the basics for building trust and engaging others.

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