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Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work [Paperback]

Gervase R. Bushe

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Feb. 16 2010 089106382X 978-0891063827 Revised Edition

With new research, fresh insight, and up-to-date examples of what it takes to organize and sustain healthy relationships at work, Clear Leadership tackles the big issues head on. Building on the powerful concepts that made the first edition such a success, Gervase Bushe explains why even the most promising partnerships get derailed and what you can do about it.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America; Revised Edition edition (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089106382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891063827
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is great power in his idea that we construct the world and become effective when we get this, share this, and get interested in the stories of others. This book makes leadership accessible to all, even the quiet, shy, avoid-eye-contact ones among us. It is also written with elegant simplicity. Buy it, read it, pass it around. (Peter Block, Partner at Designed Learning; author of Community, the Structure of Belonging)

About the Author

Gervase R. Bushe, Ph.D. is president of Discovery & Design, Inc., a consulting firm serving clients globally, and professor of business administration at Simon Fraser University. His clients have included Shell Oil, General Motors, BC Telecom, and the Canadian government. The co-author of Parallel Learning Structures, Bushe has published award-winning articles in such publications as the Journal of Applied Behavioural Science and the Organization Development Journal. For information on Bushe's unique and highly experiential management development programmes, go to

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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece Oct. 8 2010
By Rezensent - Published on
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I have tried to attack the beast of organizational learning the hard way, i.e. reading books from authors like Chris Argyris. I am so glad I came upon this book.
Highly practical, though not too academic, solidly researched this book is a pleasure to read.
Examples and case stories make this book an easy read.
To apply it, that's another story. unfortunately, it appears to be quite difficult to find a certified trainer for clear leadership. But that's not a problem of the book.

The exercises are also very useful.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful guide to turning an office into a collaborative workplace July 5 2010
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on
A chapter in Something Happened, the 1974 novel by Joseph Heller, starts: "In the office in which I work there are five people of whom I am afraid. Each of these five people is afraid of four people (excluding overlaps) for a total of 20, and each of these 20 people is afraid of six people, making a total of 120 people who are feared by at least one person...[Everyone is] afraid of the 12 men at the top who helped found and build the company." That's a lot of fear. Does this environment sound familiar? Distrust, depression and anxiety are endemic in many organizations. According to professor and consultant Gervase R. Bushe, such negative emotions often result from the "interpersonal mush" that plagues offices. He details a program you can use to help eliminate the mush and create a workplace that fosters partnership and collaboration. getAbstract recommends Bushe's intelligent, well-researched book to all executives, as well as to anyone who wants to learn how to relate to others honestly, openly and straightforwardly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely practical and useful book... a rare thing Sept. 11 2012
By Robert Kirk - Published on
I've read many leadership books and this is simply one of the better ones. It's simple, practical and useful in so many ways. First off, the author "gets" the new leadership standard of partnering with your employees. Obviously the smaller the company the easier (should be) it is to really connect with employees but this book is quite useful for any size business. I enjoyed the author's list of "clear leadership" skills. Aware self,Descriptive self,Curious self, and Appreciative self. The real trend is in the last one where today's leaders really need to focus on the organization's and people's strengths to really succeed. In summary, this is a very good book that is worth your time to read and learn.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best EmotionaI Intelligence how-to so far..... Aug. 22 2009
By charley m - Published on
Busche does a masterful job of applying the theory of EI at the very nuts and bolts heart of what touches our EI buttons. He offers original tools and frameworks that make it possible for anyone to learn, apply, practice and master "leadership" (mastery of ourselves so that we can be effective in our interactions with others).

This book is as much a how-to requiring absorption in small bites as it is a treatise on organizational behavior you might read over a weekend. Locally, we have formed a book group starting with this book. It's a great way to really get your head around this marvelous work.

5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing. April 24 2014
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So I think I actually have been reading the older publication of this book that a friend lent me, but I bought the kindle version so I could have it on hand all the time. This book has been life changing for me. I've always been terrible at figuring out my emotions, and I know I ignored them most of my life until it became a problem and I started having anxiety issues out of the blue.

This book really helped clarify everything I'd been learning about myself and others. I'd been introduced to the idea of relational 'boundaries' in other books before, but without the emotional intelligence to inform your decisions, boundaries (or rules) are just not enough. This book is really foundational and kind of puts the rest of the books on boundaries to shame, even though it's not even advertised as a book on boundaries.

I am now so aware of when I am making up 'stories' about people to fill in the gaps of my understanding of them. Just the first 60 pages or so were all I needed to do a 180 at work and with some of my closest friends. I found I'd been mislabeling people for years!! I've been telling eveyone about this book it's so good!!

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