Fusion Leadership

Unlocking the Subtle Forces that Change People and Organizations

Richard Daft (Author) | Robert Lengel (Author)

Publication date: 04/16/2004

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Fusion Leadership

Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together with mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity.

Fusion Leadership describes a new way of leading based on "fusion," a coming together of whole individuals to accomplish mutual goals based on shared vision and values. Fusion leaders are those who engage not only the bodies and minds of their employees, but also their hearts and souls. Unlike the traditional, hierarchical "fission" management style used for centuries in business, fusion leadership supports personal growth and ingenuity, qualities that facilitate change.

Building on the New Science assumptions that organizations can act as living systems and evolve with changing conditions, Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together. Fusion, the authors reveal, unleashes subtle forces-mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity-which can fundamentally transform organizations.

Mindfulness, they say, represents independent thinking, personal creativity, and an open mind. Vision encompasses the higher purpose toward which people work. Heart represents caring and compassion-positive feelings that underlie workplace relationships. Communication influences vision, values, and emotions; it also involves listening and discerning. Courage motivates people to take risks. Integrity involves honesty, trust, and service-going beyond self-interest to give something to the organization. Through stories, parables, and probing questions, the book helps readers begin to revive these qualities within themselves. It also shows the value and applications of social technologies based on conversation-including dialogue, future search, and whole-scale change-which leaders can use to create organizational fusion, unleashing new synergies among people and achieving far-reaching results.

  • Richard Daft is the author of two leading management textbooks, each of which has sold over 230,000 copies: Organization Theory and Design, 6th Edition and Management. 4th Edition
  • Offers a striking new metaphor for managing and leading organizations-based on the principle of fusion (a joining together) rather than fission (a splitting apart or separation)
  • Presents practical applications of fusion technologies-doable solutions to real problems-and inspires leadership and change
  • Provides a personal, practical bridge to New Science and Systems Theory ideas

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Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together with mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity.

Fusion Leadership describes a new way of leading based on "fusion," a coming together of whole individuals to accomplish mutual goals based on shared vision and values. Fusion leaders are those who engage not only the bodies and minds of their employees, but also their hearts and souls. Unlike the traditional, hierarchical "fission" management style used for centuries in business, fusion leadership supports personal growth and ingenuity, qualities that facilitate change.

Building on the New Science assumptions that organizations can act as living systems and evolve with changing conditions, Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together. Fusion, the authors reveal, unleashes subtle forces-mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity-which can fundamentally transform organizations.

Mindfulness, they say, represents independent thinking, personal creativity, and an open mind. Vision encompasses the higher purpose toward which people work. Heart represents caring and compassion-positive feelings that underlie workplace relationships. Communication influences vision, values, and emotions; it also involves listening and discerning. Courage motivates people to take risks. Integrity involves honesty, trust, and service-going beyond self-interest to give something to the organization. Through stories, parables, and probing questions, the book helps readers begin to revive these qualities within themselves. It also shows the value and applications of social technologies based on conversation-including dialogue, future search, and whole-scale change-which leaders can use to create organizational fusion, unleashing new synergies among people and achieving far-reaching results.

  • Richard Daft is the author of two leading management textbooks, each of which has sold over 230,000 copies: Organization Theory and Design, 6th Edition and Management. 4th Edition
  • Offers a striking new metaphor for managing and leading organizations-based on the principle of fusion (a joining together) rather than fission (a splitting apart or separation)
  • Presents practical applications of fusion technologies-doable solutions to real problems-and inspires leadership and change
  • Provides a personal, practical bridge to New Science and Systems Theory ideas

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Meet the Authors


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Richard L. Daft is the Ralph Owen Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Change Leadership in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. In his corporate consulting, as well as the Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt, he has taught Change Leadership to upper and middle level managers at more than 100 companies. He is the author of two bestselling textbooks, Organization Theory and Design and Management. His latest book, Fusion Leadership, is coauthored by Robert H. Lengel.



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Robert H. Lengel is the Associate Dean for Executive Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In this capacity he directs the executive MBA program and the the Center for Professional Excellence which he founded. Combining the academic background with work experience in the aerospace industry, industrial sales, and financial services, Lengel consults with corporate clients ranging from government agencies, the military, an aerospace company, theme parks, oil and gas companies, financial institutions, and health care providers. He is the coauthor, with Richard L. Daft, of Fusion Leadership.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Promise of Fusion

  1. Fusion Leadership
  2. Breaking with the Past

Part II: Unlocking the Subtle Forces through Personal Fusion

  1. The Challenge of Personal Fusion
  2. Mindfulness
  3. Vision
  4. Heart
  5. Communication
  6. Courage
  7. Integrity

Part III: Unlocking the Subtle Forces through Organizational Fusion

  1. Organizational Fusion
  2. Fusion Technologies and Events
  3. Fusion Principles
  4. A Final Word about Fusion Leadership

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Endorsements

"In today's topsy-turvy business world, being the same or a little better just doesn't cut it. Fusion Leadership gives a touching and powerful voice to the spirit of 'uniqueness' that lies dormant in our bellies and hidden behind corporate structures. A must-read for those who choose to accept the challenge of leadership."

-- Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

"Fusion Leadership is a fascinating and insightful look into the philosophical, scientific, and practical forces that enable people and organizations to become synergistic. This remarkable book illustrates its very thesis-the fusion of two experienced, accomplished people integrating the wisdom of both the academy and the 'street.'"

-- Stephen R. Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"For too long, leadership has created war zones of separateness in business organizations. Now comes a refreshing alternative: 'fusion leadership,' which capitalizes on the superior energy of pulling together. A powerful concept in a world looking for something different, presented in a uniquely engaging way."

-- Terrence E. Deal, coauthor of Leading with Soul and Corporate Celebration

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