IN THE PRESS
The Leadership Dance - Pathways to Extraordinary
Organizational Effectiveness, by Richard Knowles. To order this
book, please refer to the Order Form section of this Web Page, or visit your
favorite book seller. Greenleaf Books named this their Book of the Month for
March 2003...Greenleaf provides this accolade: "Richard Knowles is a man
who has served his time in American industry, having been a Plant Manager and
Director of Community Outreach for Du Pont. His experience in organizational change and
effective leadership skills inspired him to pen this book - which serves as a
roadmap for achieving higher effectiveness by opening up the flow of energy and
creativity in organizations. Well-written and enthusiastic, The
Leadership Dance discusses various types of management methods
and explains how to achieve positive, sustainable results. This book is
sound in Living Systems theory, detailed in process and a definite must read
for anyone in any level of management or supervision."
San Diego Community Works - "Working Local -
Thinking Global". Frank Smits and Chris Rutgers of Outdoor Outreach have been
working on a concept for the delivery of social services in the San Diego area
(local); but for which they hope the framework, or the model, may ultimately be
transferable to other cities, etc. (global). Frank's involvement helps to
lift up self-organizing leadership processes during the development and
roll-out. C-SOL, as a Center, potentially has an on-going role in this via
conducting learning events, connecting networks, facilitation and coaching.
Contact Chris Rutgers or Frank Smits - listed in "Who we are" section of this
Leadership Doesn't Just Happen...it emerges as the
principles of self-organizing leadership are consciously cultivated. This was
the title of a talk by Claire Knowles to the
Network of Women Leaders in Western New York Higher Education Administration.
Claire's focus ranged from the theoretical to the practical, having each
administrator lift up a successful and unsuccessful effort and apply
self-organizing leadership principles to same. Specifically, this talk gave new
dimension to looking below the surface of organizations and lifting up patterns
and processes that are not normally visible so they can be addressed. Further,
mustering the courage to hold the important conversations was explored. Courage
issues come into play when addressing the "undiscussables". Contact
Claire Knowles - listed in "Who we are" section of this website.
Lights On! High Beam Focus - Title of a talk given
to the New York State Conference of Human Resource Managers by
Claire Knowles. Claire introduced Living Systems, The Leadership Dance
and Self-Organizing Leadership principles. Specifically, Leadership Lights need
to shine below the surface of the work team or organization. There are specific
ways (as a professional, a leader, as a leadership team) to lift up the basic
root patterns, making them visible so they can be addressed. Often it takes
courage, respect and integrity to hold these important correlated
conversations. Further, relationship-building, information-sharing and
developing a sense of Identity/Belonging are key pieces of H.R. work. These
help to fulfill our personal and collective needs for belonging, usefulness,
connectedness, success and empowerment--needs that every employee in a
workplace has. Contact Claire Knowles - listed in "Who we are" section of
Interview with Dick Knowles on Self-Organizing Leadership
for Voice America.com - Jan/2003 Click on this link:
Forthcoming: Recent article in Industry Business
Journal: "Unleash Creativity and Make Your Organization a Living System."
(Contact Dick Knowles for copy).
See "Articles" button in this C-SOL Publications Page -
Then click on the specific articles you'd like to view - selections from
theorists and practitioners; from introductions to Self-Organizing Leadership
to more advanced information and applications. Research now!