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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 4 edition (Aug. 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787987999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787987992
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 17.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an excellent book. A long but easy read with very good and current examples of different leadership/management styles and scenarios, explaining how situations can be viewed through four different frames (or lenses): structural, human resource, political, symbolic. I would highly recommend this book for current and future leaders/managers in any realm.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kindle edition needs edits May 21 2011
By P. Dana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting book but the kindle edition is formatted very poorly and there are strand dots between every letter. I emailed amazon only to be told that they know it's a problem but they don't know when they'll be able to fix it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The four frames are not just a gimmick June 9 2012
By Nicolas.Bernard.Leclercq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At first I took the concept of frames to be just a book organization gimmick. However, after reading through the book I found the concept frames to be very useful and well thought out. I found myself looking at various events in my work environment and organizations in general in terms of frames, and more importantly making better sense of those events by a better understanding of the frames.
The leadership section towards the end is short, but quite astute. The sample case in the last chapter of the book is excellent and a great example of how to think and analyze as situation with the wider perspective provided by the frames.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Reframing Organizations Sept. 24 2009
By Guillermo Salazar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good, no-nonsense book about the four dimensions of organizations. Bolman and Deal present the four frames in a cohesive manner and accompany each with examples from industry and education. This is no Polly Anna text about how organizations are suppose to be. The authors give examples of organizations that succeed and fail and provide the rationale for both. The text covers social, economic and political issues that effect organizations and their leaders. Perhaps the best part of the text is the section that "trains" the reader how to use the four frames according to the readers personality and work related circumstances.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Leadership Guide Disguised as a Textbook Feb. 7 2010
By Tom K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors four way framework is a significant and useful step forward from the situational leadership grid of people and task. Bolman and Deal reframe "people" as Human Resources. They expand task to become the Structural Frame. They add the Political Frame to insert power and leadership and the Symbolic Frame to add culture, anthropology, the humanities and the unconscious.

The doubling of complexity is justified by a model that moves from addressing 60% of situations to more than 90%. The examples really help the reader to deeply understand what happens and why in the real world. The examples help to remove our blindspots and to provide a simple framework that can quickly be applied. Finally, the authors expand upon the situational leadership approach to application, creating a dynamic and personal approach to application.

Leaders who enjoy thinking through situations will appreciate this book. Readers will want to speed read through familiar sections and reread the new and most insightful parts. This is a long book, but it is well organized and provides value from each 30 minutes of study.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book Nov. 9 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and fantastic information. My only negative was that this new edition did not differ from the last to warrent an new purchase. I am a follower and use the frames constantly in my leadership role.

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