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Creating Organizational Soul: The Source of Positive Change and Transformation by Richard Bellingham

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What are soul derailers, and what causes organizational train wrecks?

In his last book, The Coldest Winter, David Halberstam writes eloquently about the price soldiers had to pay in the Korean war because of the arrogance and lack of inquiry of its regional commander, General Douglas McArthur. McArthur refused to listen to intelligence reports on the gathering strength of the Chinese Army along Korea’s northern border, and ordered his troops into what turned out to be a needless blood bath. He exhibited two of the traits of the most dangerous leaders: He was extremely decisive, and he was extremely inaccurate.

This section describes seven “poisons” that soulless leaders inflict on an organization. The effect of these leadership poisons can’t ...

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