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The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable

A Leadership Challenge Fable
Robert H. Thompson||James M. Kouzes
Hardcover
2008-03-21||March 2008||2008-04-29||April 2008||2008-03-07||March 2008||2008-03-06||March 2008 Jossey-Bass
US $22.95
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Drawing on the leadership theories in the management classic The Leadership Challenge, Robert Thompson effortlessly incorporates these ideas into a fable of leadership and growth. Based on a company's three-day offsite meeting, we follow this tale of transition through the eyes of two former rival pharmaceutical companies creating a joint sales strategy. The characters ultimately learn how to adopt the five practises that form the Leadership Challenge:
  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart.

The book also explores the dynamics of a company off-site and addresses the fears and concerns participants may have especially around 360 degree feedback, the key component of the Leadership Challenge model and workshops.

For anyone preparing to attend a leadership training off-site, human resource professionals or trainers planning an offsite, leadership developers, program planners, or for professionals looking to hone their leadership skills, this book will be an invaluable resource and a succinct introduction to The Leadership Challenge.

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Drawing on the leadership theories in the management classic The Leadership Challenge, Robert Thompson effortlessly incorporates these ideas into a fable of leadership and growth. Based on a company's three-day offsite meeting, we follow this tale of transition through the eyes of two former rival pharmaceutical companies creating a joint sales strategy. The characters ultimately learn how to adopt the five practises that form the Leadership Challenge:
  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart.

The book also explores the dynamics of a company off-site and addresses the fears and concerns participants may have especially around 360 degree feedback, the key component of the Leadership Challenge model and workshops.

For anyone preparing to attend a leadership training off-site, human resource professionals or trainers planning an offsite, leadership developers, program planners, or for professionals looking to hone their leadership skills, this book will be an invaluable resource and a succinct introduction to The Leadership Challenge.

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Praise for The Offsite

"The Leadership Challenge is one of my all-time favorite books. The Offsite goes one step further by showing how great ideas can be put into practice. We can all lead from the heart. The Offsite shows how— it's a wonderful book!"
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"Robert Thompson has written a gem. Reading this work you are a voyeur at the best 'offsite' you've ever attended, yet he allows us to experience the true essence of leadership without ever leaving home. If you are interested in the practice of leadership rather than just theory, then you'll use every word you read here."
—Terry Pearce, author, Leading Out Loud and founder/president, Leadership Communication and Forum on Cross-Cultural Inspiration

"Robert Thompson brings a fresh, provocative voice to the leadership discussion. The Offsite is a fabulous debut, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment of Mr. Thompson's 'thought grenades.' Read The Offsite before your next offsite and prepare to emerge with a whole new level of passion and commitment."
—Steve Farber, president, Extreme Leadership, Inc. and author, The Radical Leap and The Radical Edge

"Robert Thompson nailed it! Entertaining and on point, this compelling story unpacks the groundbreaking Kouzes/Posner model in an inspiring tale that will make you laugh, cry, and understand that leadership is a choice, not a position. Read this book and be prepared to make a mark in the world!"
—Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, coauthors, BOOM! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors off Business-as-Usual and NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success

"The Offsite is an engaging, well-written fable that will enable anyone to experience what's involved in making the difficult transition from manager to leader."
—Stephen Denning, author, The Secret Language of Leadership

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Drawing on the leadership theories in the management classic The Leadership Challenge, Robert Thompson effortlessly incorporates these ideas into a fable of leadership and growth. Based on a company's three-day offsite meeting, we follow this tale of transition through the eyes of two former rival pharmaceutical companies creating a joint sales strategy. The characters ultimately learn how to adopt the five practises that form the Leadership Challenge:
  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart.

The book also explores the dynamics of a company off-site and addresses the fears and concerns participants may have especially around 360 degree feedback, the key component of the Leadership Challenge model and workshops.

For anyone preparing to attend a leadership training off-site, human resource professionals or trainers planning an offsite, leadership developers, program planners, or for professionals looking to hone their leadership skills, this book will be an invaluable resource and a succinct introduction to The Leadership Challenge.

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Foreword (James M. Kouzes).

Introduction.

PART ONE: ARRIVALS.

CHAPTER 1 The Revolution Begins.

CHAPTER 2 I’m Perfect; You're Perfect.

CHAPTER 3 The Lone Stranger.

CHAPTER 4 The Games Begin.

PART TWO: CONNECTIONS.

CHAPTER 5 Yoda Is My Gardener.

CHAPTER 6 Light My Fire.

CHAPTER 7 Suck or Succeed.

CHAPTER 8 Pyramids Amid Denial.

PART THREE: SESSIONS.

CHAPTER 9 It's No Secret.

CHAPTER 10 A Grenade for Your Thoughts.

CHAPTER 11 The Perfect Fall.

CHAPTER 12 Practice Makes Perfect.

CHAPTER 13 Burn Baby Burn.

CHAPTER 14 To Dream, Perhaps.

CHAPTER 15 Our Never-Ending Story.

CHAPTER 16 A Rope; A Hope.

CHAPTER 17 Fire Away!

CHAPTER 18 The Brainstory.

CHAPTER 19 Embrace the Struggle.

CHAPTER 20 What’s Real Matters!

PART FOUR: SEPARATE WAYS.

CHAPTER 21 Success Is Assured.

CHAPTER 22 The Perfect Choice.

Acknowledgments (Gratitude).

The Author.

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The author, Robert Thompson, is a sought-after speaker, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is the founder of Applied Performance, a leadership and personal communication services company for entry-level through chief executive officers.

Through his work with the Tom Peters Company, Thompson immersed himself in the study and practical application of leadership and is a founding Master Facilitator for the highly acclaimed The Leadership Challenge® Workshop.