(Jossey-Bass: San Francisco) -- Written to help readers understand the reasons why leaders and teams get along—or don’t—when they communicate in a group, Reading the Room, by David Kantor (Jossey-Bass, 2012), will serve as the leader’s go-to resource for insight and perspective in leading teams.
Armed with the information in this book, coaches and leaders will be able to:
• Intervene effectively to produce positive change in both the group’s dynamics and its outcomes
• Help people in the room alter their behavior to better reach their aspirations
• Identify the recurring sequences of behavior taking place in a group
• Understand why differing individual preferences for boundaries and rules affect their conversation
Read Chapter One, “Reading the Room, Introduction and Framework” here.
“If you believe, as I do, that tackling our toughest problems in organizations and societies will require significant advances in the human domain of how we think and interact, then you will find this book a wonderful resource for a healthier future.”
—Peter Senge, senior lecturer, leadership and sustainability, MIT Sloan School of Management; and founding chair, Society for Organizational Learning (SoL)
“Kantor addresses the fundamental issue that leaders are surprisingly inept in conversation and in managing groups. Leaders and managers at all levels should be learning these concepts in order to improve their own ability to analyze what is going on and react appropriately.”
—Edgar H. Schein, professor emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management; and author, Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009)
PART ONE A Complete Language for Understanding Leader Behavior
PART TWO Identity and Leader Behavior in High Stakes
PART THREE Models and the Ultimate Leader
For the complete table of contents, click here.
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David Kantor, Ph.D., is a systems psychologist, organizational consultant, and clinical researcher. Kantor was formerly the head of Monitor Kantor Enterprises (MKE), a business unit of Monitor Group. Kantor has been a professor at Harvard University, Harvard University Medical School, and Tufts University Medical School. He also founded and served as director of the Kantor Family Institute, a postgraduate training center in Boston, and The Kantor Institute, a training center for consultants, coaches, and leaders.