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    The Age of Participation New Governance for the Workplace and the World Patricia McLagan, Christo Nel
    9781881052562 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management On Sale Date: January 31, 1992
    $24.95 CAD 6.37 x 9.94 x 1.12 in | 344 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Ours is a time of massive change and transition. Political systems everywhere are moving toward democratic forms as people reject authoritarian government, bureaucracy, and the denial of human rights. Many companies, recognizing that business as usual can strangle innovation and competitiveness, have instituted "teams," "total quality programs," and the like, in attempts to foster participation. Unfortunately, both public and private sector success has been elusive and short-term. In order to be successful, these programs must be incorporated into a general movement toward systems of participative governance.
      The Age of Participation presents the "big picture" of the governance shift that institutions around the world are grappling with. Its message is relevant for public and private sector institutions everywhere. This book is written for managers, consultants, labor union leaders, and all thinking people who work in large and small organizations. It is comprehensive, yet readable, containing many examples as well as models, thought-provoking concepts, and references to history, philosophy, and science.
      In The Age of Participation, McLagan and Nel show why the modern world demands participative organizations. They blend theory and practice in numerous examples and industry models; look closely at every level of life in a participative organization, from suppliers and customers to executives and unions; and deflate the fears and misperceptions that sabotage change. McLagan and Nel propose that the following nine essential facets of an organization must change in order for the governance shift to be effective:
      o values,
      o structures,
      o leadership,
      o management,
      o information,
      o relationships,
      o competencies,
      o controls, and
      o pay systems.
      This is a practical experience-based handbook for instituting, sustaining, and nurturing the changes necessary today. Readers are encouraged to take a participative role by completing an organization assessment as they move through the book.
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      Pat McLagan is an acknowledged thought leader in the areas of leadership development and complex organization change. She works with public and private sector organizations globally -- and with leadership teams -- to help expand their change capabilities. She is the second woman and the fifteenth person inducted into the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame,a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and has received the top awards from the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and the Instructional Systems Association. She has consulted extensively on strategic change with organizations like GE, NASA, the State of Georgia, SABMiller, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and many others. Client comments: she helped do "the impossible, facilitating and mentoring the leadership team;" "it would be difficult to overstate the impact" of her work; her "dynamic leadership and know-how" helped us succeed with a critical transformation," and more.
      Christo Nel is a South African who has been assisting change in his country for over fifteen years. He is the founder of the Consultative Business Movement, a group of top executives from companies throughout South Africa who were dedicated-for both moral and economic reasons-to eliminating apartheid. The CBM chaired the negotiations that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa. Today, Nel is the managing Director of ITISA, a consulting firm specializing in workplace democracy and all issues related to it. He is coauthor, with Patricia McLagan, of The Age of Participation: New Governance for the Workplace and the World.
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    New Traditions in Business Spirit and Leadership in the 21st Century John Renesch
    9781881052036 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership On Sale Date: October 01, 1992
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 8.94 x 0.73 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      A fundamental transformation-what many are calling a "paradigm shift"-is underway today in our business and work world. This transformation goes beyond the traditional quest for productivity and profit to embrace such issues as achieving more congruence between our spiritual values and our work, creating a more caring and loving workplace, empowering people to unleash their full creativity and vision at work, and recognizing the global and social responsibilities of business.
      This book brings together fifteen of the foremost visionary thinkers about these new business traditions. These visionaries include leading futurists, such as Willis Harman; authors of important new books, such as Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization; leaders of influential organizations in promoting new paradigm thinking, such as Charles Kiefer, chairman of Innovation Associates; and creators of innovative business and academic programs, such as Michael Ray, developer of the path-breaking Stanford University course on "New Paradigm Business." New Traditions in Business is the first collection in one book of their seminal writings.
      Part I describes the historical roots and current signs of the transformation o how the new paradigm differs from traditional business practice o the shifts in human consciousness that form the context for the transformation o the role of spiritual values, vision, and community in the new business culture.
      Part II details specific strategies for business transformation: new leadership roles to build learning organizations o the qualities of truly healthy companies o fostering community in corporations o steps for putting global thinking into practice in business o developing and communicating visionary leadership o creating empowered workplaces oenabling people to tap their full creative powers o keys to practicing ethical behavior in business.
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      John Renesch is a businessman-turned-global futurist, social activist, author and international keynote speaker. From 1990 to 1997 he served as Editor-in-Chief of The New Leaders business newsletter. From 1990 to early 1992 he also was Managing Director of the World Business Academy , an international association focused on new paradigms for commerce. Prior to these positions, he was a founder or co-founder of several businesses, including a real estate investment company and two securities broker-dealers where he served as Managing Director and President respectively. He has published fourteen books, including Learning Organizations, Leadership in a New Era, Getting to the Better Future and The Great Growing Up (which was voted 2013 Grand Prize Winner for Non-Fiction by Indie Books). .
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    Escape from Management Hell Twelve Tales of Horror, Humor, and Heroism Robert Gilbreath
    9781881052265 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management On Sale Date: May 01, 1993
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      In twelve engaging stories, modern executives marooned in hell face the task of defending themselves to the devil by telling stories exposing the folly of their business practices. These stories offer readers a way to escape the hellish territory of today's organizations, and make sense of the madness of modern management.
      As the story opens one snowy afternoon, a commuter jet carrying twelve executives fresh from an exclusive "leadership conference" crashes in the mountains near a Colorado ski resort. Out of the wreckage stagger the twelve VIP's, suddenly finding themselves chained together. Scattered among them are real estate speculators, airline tycoons, CFO's, backstabbers, frauds, yes-men, influence peddlers, liars, and double-crossers. Orange and red lights jump and flash to their sides. Hissing sounds like ventilated steam sigh from the cavernous roof. Decay is in the air. And death. And doom. Despair comes once they realize where they are. And why. And what it will take to escape.
      They are in Management Hell, facing Satan's Chief Operating Officer, Reflecto, who lays down the rules: "You know budgets and prices and costs. You know chains of command and spans of control. You know how to put a positive spin on a disastrous project, how to doll up an annual report to make a stupid investment seem brilliant! But you are here because you lack management wisdom! Your shortsightedness, your greed, your well-intentioned management styles and your tried and true techniques just don't cut it anymore!
      "To escape, to leave this inferno, you must amuse me and my boss. Each in a different way. You must teach us of your errors and triumphs, enlighten our feeble devil minds, if you will. You must impart management wisdom to us.
      "You must compose meaningful, entertaining, perhaps even amusing stories. Stories that demonstrate the folly and futility of your individual sins! Stories that repudiate your errors. If every story pleases Satan, if he learns enduring lessons from each, you shall all be allowed to leave. That is how you escape from Management Hell!"
      Management Hell looks a lot like the organizations that people work in today. It's a place of rapidly increasing demands on productivity, fewer resources, and greater ethical dilemmas than ever before. Robert Gilbreath offers readers a way to escape this hellish territory. Twelve tales of horror, humor, and heroism help us make sense of the madness of modern management and to find our way out of age-old managerial dilemmas.
      Gilbreath's premise-twelve modern executives marooned in hell, faced with the task of defending themselves to the devil by telling stories that expose the folly of their business practices-allows readers to step back from their normal daily grind and to see startling new perspectives that they may have been missing. The stories are set in exotic places-from ancient Rome to Easter Island-yet the characters and predicaments are familiar to everyone in business and management today.
      These fascinating fables reflect encounters familiar to everyone in business and shatter common myths about innovation, leadership, control, and consensus building. Managers at every level can use the insights to transform the hell of modern management into resources for creativity, courage, and lasting change.
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      An internationally known expert on change management, Robert D. Gilbreath founded the worldwide Organizational Change Practice of Anderson Consulting and is now president of Change Management Associates. He is the author of Save Yourself: Six Pathways to Achievement in the Age of Change,and Escape from Management Hell.
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    Business Partnering for Continuous Improvement How to Forge Enduring Alliances Among Employees, Suppliers, and Customers Charles C. Poirier, William F. Houser
    9781881052395 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership On Sale Date: January 01, 1994
    $19.95 CAD 6.19 x 9.25 x 0.7 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 31 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      If you want to make the drive for quality, productivity, and profit improvement a permanent feature of your organization, the concept of "partnering"--building alliances among employees, suppliers, and customers--must become an integral part of every activity, write Charles Poirier and William Houser. Every employee must see every other employee as a partner instead of a competitor. Similarly, every supplier and customer must be recognized as a potential ally for improvement, not just a source of goods or income. Poirier and Houser give detailed action studies of companies that have made the transition, and provide the tools to make similar changes in your own organization.
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      Charles C. Poirier is the recognized expert on supply chain management and is a partner in the CSC National Supply Chain Practice. He is an industry veteran with nearly forty years' experience in a variety of positions, including CEO of a $450 million company.
      William F. Houser is director of productivity and quality of Tenneco, Inc. which is one of the 30 largest industrial companies in the united states. He is coauthor of Business Partnering for Continuous Improvement.
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    Cultural Diversity in Organizations Theory, Research & Practice Taylor H. Cox Jr.
    9781881052432 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Negotiating On Sale Date: March 07, 1994
    $24.95 CAD 6.19 x 9.19 x 0.93 in | 328 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Winner of the 1994 George R. Terry Book Award given by the National Academy of Management to "the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge."

      "In this book, I have assembled learnings from ten years of teaching, research, and consulting related to cultural diversity in organizations," writes Taylor Cox. "My objective is to provide a comprehensive text that would be useful as an aid for teaching, organization development, and scholarship."
      The result is a major advance in our understanding of cultural diversity and its effects on organizational behavior and performance. This book:
      o provides the most comprehensive base of knowledge yet assembled on the topic;
      o organizes the material around a powerful new conceptual model that frames the issue in a systematic way;
      o captures the enormous complexity of the topic by examining diversity on three levels of analysis-individual, group, and organizational-and by addressing diversity from multiple perspectives-theory, research, and practice.
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      Taylor H. Cox, Jr. is an associate professor in the Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management Department of the University of Michigan Business School, where he teaches courses on organizational consulting and managing diversity. He is also founder of Taylor Cox and Associates Inc. a research and consulting firm. His recent work focuses on human resource systems and organization change processes for organizations with diverse employees and markets. In his consulting practice he has created educational programs, carried out research, strategic planning, and organization development work with more than twenty organizations including Ford Motor Co. Exxon, Phillips, Eli Lilly, and Phelps Dodge. He is the author of Cultural Diversity in Organizations and coauthor of Developing Competency to Manage Diversity.
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    Patterns of High Performance Discovering the Ways People Work Best Jerry L. Fletcher
    9781881052708 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management On Sale Date: February 01, 1995
    $19.95 CAD 6.13 x 9.25 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Everyone can be a high performer, according to Jerry Fletcher. Not just in occasional, heroic bursts of success, but consistently, in everything we do. It's not a matter of imitating star athletes or successful entrepreneurs. In fact, you just have to be fully yourself at your best.
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      Jerry L. Fletcher is the founder and president of High Performance Dynamics, a management development and consulting company with major corporate clients, including DEC, G.D. Searle, the Monsanto Chemical Group, IBM, Procter and Gamble, Bull H/N, Control Data, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is the author of Patterns of High Performance and Paradoxical Thinking.
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    Pathways to Success Today's Business Leaders Tell How to Excel in Work, Career, and Leadership Roles Michael D. Ames
    9781881052579 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General On Sale Date: March 07, 1995
    $16.95 CAD 8.5 x 10.94 x 0.79 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      This booklet gives an overview of the Search Conference, a change strategy which uses open systems principles in strategic planning, thereby creating a well-articulated, achievable future with identifiable goals, a timetable, and action plans for realizing that future.
      Here, in their own inspiring words, over 100 CEOs, board chairs, and company presidents share their insights in one-page letters focusing on the qualities necessary for effective leadership and career success. The men and women featured in Pathways to Success come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Their companies range from small entrepreneurial firms to large corporations.
      Organized by topic, these letters provide practical and encouraging insights on:
      o Hard work
      o Imagination
      o Tolerance
      o Honesty
      o Self-knowledge
      o Team-building, and more
      Each letter is self-contained and to-the-point, capturing the personal experience and positive convictions of these distinguished business leaders. A biographical sketch accompanies each letter, describing the career path of the contributor as well as the major challenges and obstacles that person has overcome to achieve success. The book also contains thought-provoking exercises for individual use or group discussion.
      Written for young people who aspire to successful business careers and leadership roles, this book will also be valuable for executives and managers, entrepreneurs, academics, consultants, and those who work with young people-counselors, teachers, mentors, and parents.
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      Michael D. Ames runs a nationally recognized Small Business Institute-recipient of 33 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration-and directs a multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial management program at California State University, Fullerton. He is the author of Small Business Management and Pathways to Success.
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    When the Canary Stops Singing Women's Perspectives on Transforming Business Pat Barrentine
    9781881052418 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations On Sale Date: March 07, 1995
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 296 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Just as canaries once warned miners of unhealthy conditions underground, women in today's corporate marketplace are sounding a caution that our business survival depends on making far-reaching changes in the business environment.
      This collection of provocative, timely, and encouraging essays proposes ways to transform the traditional workplace into a more wholesome and balanced environment that honors masculine and feminine traits as equally vital. The fifteen women-entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives-who offer these provocative and practical essays serve as harbingers of essential business transformation. As varied as their backgrounds and perspectives may be, these women see a common need and share a common goal-to create more humane and nurturing workplaces.
      Truth and a willingness to risk are benchmarks of the fifteen insightful essays, as is the search for personal and spiritual freedom. The authors speak of individual responsibility and a balance among all the areas of one's life. Work becomes an arena for self-discovery. The controlling "power over" becomes life-nurturing "power to," and steps for creating a full and productive partnership between men and women are defined. In proposing new and more effective ways to succeed in business, When the Canary Stops Singing explodes the myth that feminine and masculine perspectives can't interact in harmony.
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      Pat Barrentine is the owner of Barrentine Associates, an information packaging and communications company, and former editor of World Business Academy Perspectives. She is the author of When the Canary Stops Singing.
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    EcoManagement The Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business Ernest Callenbach, Fritjof Capra, Lenore Goldman, Rudiger Lutz
    9781881052272 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development On Sale Date: March 07, 1995
    $27.95 CAD 6.31 x 9.56 x 0.75 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Business people need help reducing the impact of their companies on the environment. This book will help them identify what can be done, systematically set priorities, and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help them sell an impact reduction program to their top management.
      In contrast to the current practice of "compliance auditing," a process focused on meeting governmental regulations, this Elmwood Institute guide shows how to conduct an "eco-audit" - a complete examination of an organization in relation to its long-term ecological sustainability. Such an audit scrutinizes every aspect of the organization and its operations, including product design and manufacture, management techniques, corporate culture, and goals.
      This book provides a comprehensive framework for companies that need to design their own audits. In addition, a set of thirteen checklists guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.
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      Ernest Callenbach is the author of the environmental classic, Ecotopia, and many articles on a sustainable future.
      Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to promoting ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the United Kingdom.
      Lenore Goldman consults on strategy, change, and impact. For over 20 years, she has worked with business, government, nonprofits, and multi-sector initiatives to find creative solutions to complex challenges. A seasoned facilitator, Lenore has helped build capacity and collaboration - changing policy and sustaining results.
      Rudiger Lutz is the co-author of Ecologically Conscious Management in Germany and professor of design ecology at the Berlin Academy of Arts.
      Sandra Marburg is a lecturer in environmental history and geography at UC Berkeley and Chabot College.
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    Dial 9 to Get Out! Commentaries on Business Life as Heard on Public Radio's MARKETPLACE David Graulich
    9781881052500 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management On Sale Date: March 07, 1995
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Mixing warm humor, shrewd irony, and penetrating insight, commentator David Graulich gently twits the pretensions of American business and exposes the humorous truth behind the serious facade of the workplace.
      Politely pointing out contradictions, unmasking absurdities, and providing badly needed perspective on the awkward situations that abound in business life, the forty-one commentaries in this book offer a humorous view of office etiquette, corporate mores, and more. Treasured as classics by Marketplace listeners, Dial 9 to Get Out! includes Graulich's pointed observations on the secrets of corporate apologies, those odd little friendships formed in the office elevator, the absurd ritual of the CEO visit, easy steps to becoming a respected guru, the universal nature of the employee lunchroom, and many more. Graulich's sharp eye for the humor in everyday interactions will appeal to anyone who has ever held a job.
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      David Graulich is president and founder of Maxfield Public Relations, a communications consulting firm based near San Francisco. He has observed the odd behavior of big organizations as a public relations manager at McKinsey & Company and Squibb Corporation. In addition to his Marketplace commentaries, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Monthly. He is the author of Dial 9 to Get Out!
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