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"Leading from the middle," and other contrarian essays on library leadership

Author: John Lubans
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, ©2010.
Series: Beta Phi Mu monograph.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"While liberating management theories are well known to the profession, the traditional command-and-control structure prevails, leaving many libraries as reactive---not proactive---institutions. How can libraries create encouraging workplaces that are collaborative in decision making and action taking, have a clear mission, and are committed to bringing out the best in each person?" "In "Leading from the Middle,"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lubans, John.
"Leading from the middle," and other contrarian essays on library leadership.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, ©2010
(DLC) 2010014566
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Lubans
ISBN: 9781598845785 1598845780
OCLC Number: 704275298
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 298 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Leadership, leading from the middle, teamwork, empowerment, followership. Balaam's ass : toward proactive leadership in libraries ; Leading from the middle : "I'm the boss" ; Teams : theory and practice ; Letting go : a reflection on teams that were ; Bridger and me ; The invisible leader : lessons for leaders from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra ; Southwest : the unstodgy airline ; More than a game : a season with a women's basketball team --
Leaders, bosses, challenges, values. "I can't find you anywhere but gone" revisited ; "It's in the DNA" : infusing organizational values at Southwest ; "She took everything but the blame" : the bad boss is back ; "I'll ask the questions" : the insecure boss ; The spark plug : a leader's catalyst for change ; A Zabarian experience ; Orchestrating success : a profile of Simone Young, conductor --
Coaching, self-management, collaboration, communication. Coaching for results ; Peer coaching for the postdepartmental library ; "You have the resources" ; A gift from the woods ; Leaving the comfort zone ; On the road, again : lessons along the way ; Rock Castle Gorge ; Sacred teams ; Seeking first to understand ; The stove-side chat ; "You can't build a fire in the rain" : sparking change in libraries ; What? So what? Now what? --
Techniques and tools, productivity, climate. Sherlock's dog, or managers and mess finding ; "Deterministic, highly reductive, and transient" ; "From the gutter to you is not up" : worst and best practice ; "I'm so low, I can't get high" : the low morale syndrome and wht to do about it ; Productivity in libraries? : managers step aside ; "She's just too good to be true, but she is" : recognition ceremonies and other motivational rituals ; "I've closed my eyes to the cold hard truth I'm seeing" : making performance appraisal work ; "To save the time of the user" : customer service at the millennium ; "Where are the snows of yesteryear?" : reflections on a suggestion "box" that worked.
Series Title: Beta Phi Mu monograph.
Other Titles: Leading from the middle
Responsibility: John Lubans Jr.


This compilation reveals how followers help an organization get better and how effective followers-leading from the middle-are essential to the best kind of leadership.  Read more...
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