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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide
by Edgar H. Schein
Schein, a leading thinker in organizational culture and change
management, clearly explains what corporate culture is and why
matters. His methodologies and models provide guidance for people
who want to influence a group¡¯s culture.
Paradoxes of Group Life: Understanding Conflict,
Movement in Group Dynamics by Kenwyn K. Smith and David
Smith and Berg provide a new perspective on group dynamics and
the forces that often paralyze groups. They explain how by embracing
inherent paradoxes, a group can increase its effectiveness.
The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining
Momentum in Learning Organizations and The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
by Peter M. Senge et al.
These books are chock-a-block full of practical insights, tools,
methodologies that will help anyone who is trying to change an
Personal development and transformation
Coaching Evoking Excellence in Others
by James Flaherty
This book combines rigor and wisdom. The concepts and models are
based on a deep understanding of human development. Copious
examples help readers understand the approach. If you only read
one book on coaching, it should be this one.
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We
Work: Seven Languages for Transformation by Robert Kegan
and Lisa Lahey
Kegan and Lahey present a profound but simple approach to helping
people overcome their immunity to change. Their methodology is
based on years of research in adult development. The book walks
you through the methodology and therefore reading this book has
the potential to change you. They also present recommendations
for influencing a group¡¯s culture through specific types of language.
Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming
William R. Torbert and Associates
This book outlines how people can spur their development by
simultaneously acting, observing themselves, and adjusting their
actions. It presents Torbert¡¯s developmental framework, details
each development stage, and illustrates how to facilitate movement
Leadership Without Easy Answers by
Ronald A. Heifetz
Heifetz¡¯s theory of leadership is quite relevant to China¡¯s current
situation. He distinguishes between ¡°routine¡± and ¡°adaptive¡± problems.
He presents how leading a group to resolve an adaptive challenge
involves (a) defining the problem, including the values at risk;
(b) creating the emotional and organizational space to address
the issue; (c) keeping the group focused on the right issues;
(d) giving the work back to the people.
Theory in Practice: Increasing Professional
Effectiveness by Chris Argyris
Argyris did much of the foundational research on identifying and
addressing the gaps between what we want to do and what we
actually do. This book illustrates how to apply ¡°double-loop learning¡±
to individual development.
The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen
Langer presents the case that learning is most powerful when the
learner is ¡°mindful¡± or fully engaged. This involves putting learning
in context, bringing more of our thoughts and emotions into the
process, and having learners seek answers themselves instead of
focusing on the ¡°right answer.¡± Her findings have extensive implications
for Asian learners.
In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands
of Modern Life by Robert Kegan
In this book on adult development, Kegan explains how the roles
we play in modern life involve a level of development that many
adults never reach. This book is insightful, but dense and not
for the faint of heart.
Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the
Future by Peter M. Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski,
Betty Sue Flowers
This book presents a new approach for creating the ¡°future that
wants to emerge.¡± It details the journey the team went on in developing
this approach and talks about the skills needed. It is a powerful
SQ: Connecting With Our Spiritual Intelligence
by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall
We¡¯ve heard of IQ and EQ. Zohar and Marshall present the case
for SQ, Spiritual Intelligence, which they say enables people
to be creative, change the rules, and pose fundamental and powerful
question about why we are here. The authors bring hard scientific
data to this soft topic by explaining the physiology of the brain.
The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners
Think Differently And Why by Richard E. Nisbett
Nisbett outlines the predominant ¡°thinking systems¡± in Asia and
the West. He makes links between these cultures and how people
within them think (e.g., contextual versus objective).
Asian Power and Politics: The Cultural Dimensions
of Authority by Lucian W. Pye
In this out-of-print book, Pye explores how cultural attitudes
about power and authority influence Asian political development.
He contracts East Asia with Southeast Asia and India. This book
implications for anyone working with an organization in Asia,
especially an organization expanding globally.