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Getting the Balance Right

Book Description

Managers are continually faced with new challenges and dilemmas. Getting the balance right is never straightforward, however. We are always having to find the right point of equilibrium between leading and managing, the short and long term, the individual and the team, activity and reflection, and being resolute and adaptable.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword by Jeremy Oates
  6. Introduction
  7. A. Following and Leading
    1. 1. Who do you follow?
    2. 2. What does leading mean?
    3. 3. Can you follow and lead at the same time?
    4. 4. Why should anyone follow you?
  8. B. Engagement and Detachment
    1. 5. Taking engagement deeper
    2. 6. When does engagement become manipulative?
    3. 7. Detached or disengaged?
    4. 8. Being engaged and detached at the same time
  9. C. Principle and Pragmatism
    1. 9. When is it all about principle?
    2. 10. When is it all about pragmatism?
    3. 11. When can principles get frozen in time?
    4. 12. When is balancing principle and pragmatism the easy way out?
  10. D. Awareness and Action
    1. 13. When you stop listening you die
    2. 14. Watch your impact
    3. 15. When is the moment for action?
    4. 16. Keeping a virtuous circle of action and awareness
  11. E. Rational and Emotional
    1. 17. Using your emotions as valuable data
    2. 18. When can you be too rational for your own good?
    3. 19. Keeping your emotional and rational reactions in tune with each other
    4. 20. Being aware of all that is happening inside you
  12. F. Individual and Collective
    1. 21. When is it your problem and no one else’s?
    2. 22. What is it only you can do?
    3. 23. Where do your family and friends fit in?
    4. 24. When does the team come first?
  13. G. Directive and Responsive
    1. 25. When do you take control?
    2. 26. When do you go with the flow?
    3. 27. Who are you captive to?
    4. 28. Can you build a virtuous circle of being responsive and directive?
  14. H. Realism and Optimism
    1. 29. Accepting harsh reality
    2. 30. Hope springs eternal
    3. 31. There is always a silver lining
    4. 32. Dealing with apparent contradictions
  15. I. Continuity and Change
    1. 33. Keep straight on to the end of the road
    2. 34. It is an upside down world
    3. 35. Be willing to turn sideways
    4. 36. Three steps forward and two steps back
  16. J. Present and Future
    1. 37. The future beckons
    2. 38. Staying rooted in the past
    3. 39. One foot in the present, one foot in the future
    4. 40. Letting the future inform the present
  17. K. Ambition and Acceptance
    1. 41. Being single-minded: good or bad?
    2. 42. Acceptance as a sign of strength and not weakness
    3. 43. Knowing when you can make a difference and when you cannot
    4. 44. Progress through both ambition and acceptance
  18. L. Serious and Joyful
    1. 45. Living life with a purpose
    2. 46. Seeing the bigger picture
    3. 47. Laughing at yourself
    4. 48. Where do I fit in?
  19. Acknowledgements
  20. Other books by Peter Shaw
  21. About the author