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Leading Through Collaboration
Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions



November 2004 | 224 pages | Corwin
`Written by a very successful leader, problem solver and negotiator, the book combines a strong rationale for its practices, well delineated practical strategies, and vignettes from John Glaser's extensive background that provides the reader with a clear understanding of how to become a truly collaborative leader' - Pat Wolfe, Education Consultant Mind Matters, Inc

'What a marvelous blend of theory and practice! Glaser's writing is so engaging, so personal, and so informative that you will want to read every word. This book should be a requirement for every person who is serious about learning how to lead.' - Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean, College of Education and Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne

Many leaders have to deal with groups that are full of distrust, suspicion, and ill feeling. Rather than rely on coercive power to solve problems, John Glaser advocates a leadership approach based on the principles of coherence. Based on his many years of experience as a superintendent and consultant in conflict resolution and employment negotiations, the author has found a more successful and effective means of solving problems through the creation of alignment and a sense of shared leadership.

Containing practitioner-friendly resources, including charts, diagrams, sidebars, tools, strategies and real-life examples, this easy-to-use resource offers practical guidance to leaders experiencing conflict in their organizations. It will also help those leaders who want to create a community aligned around a common vision.

Glaser outlines the steps for team-building and collaboration as:

- Aligning the team

- Focusing on the vision

- Searching for solutions

- Reaching agreements

This book is intended for leaders in education, non-profit organizations, public administration and healthcare.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Staying on One Page: An Attitude of Coherence
 
1. Coherence: The Mysterious and Scientific Side of Problem Solving
 
2. Starting With the Self: Attitudes and Habits That Promote Collaboration
 
3. Creating Shared Meaning: Moving From Discord to Collaboration
 
4. The Perils of Coherence: Bad Agreements, False Coherence, and Groupthink
 
Part II: Tools and Strategies for Leading Through Collaboration
 
5. The Fundamental Elements for Creating Coherence
 
6. Aligning the Team
 
7. Focusing on the Vision
 
8. Searching for Solutions
 
9. Reaching Effective Agreements
 
10. Bringing Coherence to the Entire Organization
 
References
 
Index

"Written by a very successful leader, problem solver, and negotiator, the book combines a strong rationale for its practices, well delineated practical strategies, and vignettes from Glaser's extensive background that provide the reader with a clear understanding of how to become a truly collaborative leader."

Pat Wolfe, Education Consultant
Mind Matters, Inc.

"What a marvelous blend of theory and practice! Glaser’s writing is so engaging, so personal, and so informative that you will want to read every word. This book should be a requirement for every person who is serious about learning how to lead."

Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean, College of Education and Organizational Leadership
University of La Verne

"I love this book! It is practical, readable and wise. With this book, John Glaser has made an important contribution to our field. He has done a wonderful job of both describing the underlying theory of his approach and offering an effective translation into practice."

Janet Walden, President and CEO
Center for Collaborative Solutions

"One of the foremost practiotioner and trainer in organizational problem solving has finally put his knowledge and experience into a book."

Arne Croce, City Manager
City of San Mateo, CA

"Educational leaders who hope to foster the shared vision, collective commitments, and collaborative cultures of true learning communities in their schools will require new ways of thinking and skills. Leading Through Collaboration represents a useful resource for those leaders."

Richard DuFour, Educational Author and Consultant

"Glaser's conversational style and liberal use of examples from his own work and family life make this an enjoyable and very readable book and fabulous learning tool."

Bonnie Prouty Castry, Past President
Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Coherence


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