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Failure of Nerve, Revised Edition

Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

Failure of Nerve, Revised Edition

Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

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Publisher: Church Publishing
ISBN: 9781596272798
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 01/05/2017
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.8 cm
Over a decade after his death, Edwin Friedman's bestselling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever. This revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, and politicians and teachers. His understandings about our regressed, "seatbelt society," oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the "quick fixes" and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argued for strength and self-differentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. A Failure of Nerve was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death and originally published in a limited edition. This edition cleans up some oversights in the original and brings his life-changing insights and challenges to a new generation of readers.

Edwin H Friedman, Peter Steinke

Edwin Friedman (1932-1996) was an ordained rabbi and practicing family therapist. His ground-breaking volume Generation to Generation, which exposed the connections between emotional processes at home and at work in religious, educational, therapeutic, and business systems, has become a modern classic. In great demand as a consultant and public speaker throughout the country, he lived in Washington DC. He died in 1996. The Rev. Dr. Peter L. Steinke was a noted author, congregational systems thinker, and teacher. He died in 2020.

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