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Friday, October 27, 2006

Book Review: 21 Leaders for the 21st Century - Reading Suggestions & CONTENTS

Reading Suggestions & CONTENTS

Reading Suggestions

Reading time: 33-35 hours 507 Pages in Book

Essentially, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century has several layers that you will need to peel back in order to grasp how each facet of their exposition interacts with other facets to form the whole “metatheory of leadership.” In order to accomplish this in the most effective manner, we recommend that you start with pages 439-442 of chapter 22, which does an excellent job of placing the foreword, the introduction, and chapters 1 and 2 (which you should read next) in an easily assimilated context. Then go back and read pages 443-470, for an overview of the practical examples of the theory and premise presented in the foreword, introduction, and the first two chapters. At this point, you will be able to decide which of the case studies, chapters 3 through 21, you wish to examine more closely.

An alternative approach, if you are only interested in how particular business leaders and their companies operate in the context of reconciliation theory, and have little interest in the authors’ analysis of this theory, read the overview of chapters 3 through 21 that appears on pages 10 through 12. This will provide you with enough information to make an informed reading choice.


Introduction to the Metatheory of Leadership
Chapter 1: Transcultural Competence, Part I
Chapter 2: Transcultural Competence, Part II
Chapter 3: A New Vision of Capitalism
Chapter 4: Creating a Hyperculture
Chapter 5: Remedy for a Turnaround
Chapter 6: Recapturing the True Mission
Chapter 7: The Balance Between Market and Product
Chapter 8: Private Enterprise, Public Service
Chapter 9: Leading One Life
Chapter 10: Pioneering the New Organization
Chapter 11: The Internet as an Environment for Business Ecosystems
Chapter 12: Global Brand, Local Touch
Chapter 13: Weathering the Storm
Chapter 14: Toward a New Spirit
Chapter 15: Change Within Continuity
Chapter 16: The Challenge of Renewal
Chapter 17: Keeping Close to the Customer
Chapter 18: Managing the Internalization Process
Chapter 19: Innovating the Corporate Dynasty
Chapter 20: Leading Through Transformation
Chapter 21: Keeping the Family in Business or Keeping the Business in the Family
Chapter 22: Transcultural Competence Through 21 Reconciliations


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