August 2, 2000

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Managing the Dream

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Managing the Dream: Reflections on Leadership and Change by Warren G. Bennis, Perseus Books, 320 Pages, Paperback $16.00, August 2000, ISBN 0738203327
Warren Bennis has been around for 75 years and is one of the top ten futurists and leadership thinkers of the Twentieth Century. Surely, he must be included with Drucker, Deming and that crew of must-read authors. His latest book contains 23 essays dating back to the sixties which he claims is the essence of what I have learned about leadership and change. Bennis begins each individual essay with an introduction that explains when and why the essay was written. One of the real hoots is the essay called Information Overload Anxiety (and how to overcome it.) The tongue-in-cheek essay originally appeared in 1979 in the MIT Technology Review and it is dismally relevant today. At the end of the book, he includes a Self-Assessment Test written in 1979. He has added some contemporary questions for this book and they are laugh-out-loud funny. Another essay was written this spring in honor of his 75th birthday party. Ken Blanchard was in Milwaukee shortly after that party and was raving to me about what a great assembly of authors and academics it was. Everybody who was anybody in business thought was theresadly, I wasnt invited. Bennis was asked to write an essay for this party. It is called The Years of Scholarship and introduces us to his academic journey that began at MIT in 1951. We meet the people and places that helped to create this great man. This is a perfect book to have on your desk at home and at work, because these short fascinating essays can be eaten in bite-sized pieces and nourish you for a long time. Great reading!