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The Zen Leader

Mar
6
2013
The Zen Leader

Dr. Ginny Whitelaw is both a leadership expert and a roshi (Zen master) in the Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen. Cofounder of Focus Leadership, she has taught and coached in countless programs to Global 1000 leaders, in part through her affiliation with Oliver Wyman Leadership Development and Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program. Formerly Deputy Manager for integrating NASA’s Space Station Program, she has a PhD in biophysics as well as a 5th degree black belt in Aikido.

ABOUT THE ZEN LEADER: 10 WAYS TO GO FROM BARELY MANAGING TO LEADING FEARLESSLY

Leaders today face impossibly big jobs, asked to do more with less, expand globally, innovate quickly, inspire broadly and – oh yes – balance work and family. How does one manage all this pressure?

That’s not what this book is about. It’s not about working a little harder, faster or pretending to be peaceful and ignoring the pressure. Quite the opposite, it’s about USING the pressure to propel flips in consciousness that create transformational leaders: leaders who create the future with joy and enthusiasm, rather than drive themselves and their people to exhaustion.

The Zen Leader guides you through 10 flips that take you from barely managing to leading fearlessly – not by doing more, zoning out, or pretending you’re “all that,” but by flipping your sense of who you are and how you lead in the world. From inside out, you’ll learn how to flip…

…from coping with situations to transforming them
…from stuck tension to extension of your energy
…from playing to your strengths to strengthening your play
…from frustrated controlling to productive connecting
…and, ultimately, from ego-based managing to leading as your boundless, whole self
Chapter by chapter, you’ll learn how to make the flips that reframe your life, your leadership, and your world. Discover how you can get out of your own way and realize The Zen Leader in you.

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