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Changing on the Job

Developing Leaders for a Complex World
Narrated by: Julie Eickhoff
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Listen to people in every field and you'll hear a call for more sophisticated leadership - for leaders who can solve more complex problems than the human race has ever faced. But these leaders won't simply come to the fore; we have to "develop" them, and we must cultivate them as quickly as is humanly possible. Changing on the Job is a means to this end.

As opposed to showing readers how to play the role of a leader in a "paint by numbers" fashion, Changing on the Job builds on theories of adult growth and development to help readers become more thoughtful individuals, capable of leading in any scenario. Moving from the theoretical to the practical, and employing real-world examples, author Jennifer Garvey Berger offers a set of building blocks to help cultivate an agile workforce while improving performance.

Coaches, HR professionals, thoughtful leaders, and anyone who wants to flourish on the job will find this book a vital resource for developing their own capacities and those of the talent that they support.

The book is published by Stanford University Press.

©2012 Jennifer Garvey Berger (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

What the critics say

"A significant contribution towards re-imagining how we go about developing leaders. Jennifer invites leaders and those of us engaged in developing leaders to be more precise in our support and to think anew about the role that organizational context plays. This book calls on us to become more capable, agile, and better aligned with the increasing complexity of a global economy, while showing us how to stitch together an approach to our work that is fit for this task." (Sally DeWitt Miller, Director, Leadership Development Group, Microsoft Corporation)
"People have been asking for years, 'Where can I go for a rich, practical, and incisive guide to the relationship between adult-developmental theory and coaching?' Now there is an answer. You are holding it, and when you start reading it, it will hold you." (Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, author of In Over Our Heads, and co-author of Immunity to Change)

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  • Mauro Locarnini
  • 2020-01-20

Great book on a complex theory

I found the book to clearly explain how to use Kegan's development theory. That being said I think the theory beyond being complex has a limited use. While there is a good use of helping people look at their own Form of mind and understand whether it is supporting then in the present situation it inevitably pushes people to move to broader forms of mind which may not be so helpful for them until they are actually able to turn the subjects that are stalling them into objects. This process maybe to long to actually help someone in the current space and may need to be supplemented with other methods not to leave the person being coached paralized in the middle of a long term developmental process.

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  • Onno Koelman
  • 2019-07-16

Fantastic book!

Chock full of insights, this book is a tour de force of Kegan's developmental model, and how we might apply it as coaches and trainers and consultants. Anyone who is in a position to develop others will benefit from the ideas humbly presented in this book. I loved Immunity to Change, and this was an excellent sequel of sorts.

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  • E. Clark
  • 2018-12-28

S. Clark/Omaha

Easy to understand concepts about adult development. Very interesting read and the book flies by.

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  • Helen C.
  • 2018-01-26

Not a good audible book

Voice is fine, content too complex for listening alone. Need to be able to see the analysis as displayed in the plentiful, excellent charts to understand the power of this analysis.

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