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Bill Joiner’s Leadership Agility Blog

Continued writing with occasional podcasts on Leadership Agility, the research-based book on stages of personal and leadership development. This blog captures and extends the book's key ideas; shares new insights, research, and applications from client work; and shows how Leadership Agility relates to current issues.  Comments welcome!  You can also follow Bill on Twitter: @leaderagility

Agility and Corporate Responsibility

I was watching TV earlier tonight and saw Stephen Colbert interview Jeff Schwartz, CEO of Timberland. What stood out in Colbert’s bantering interview (besides Jeff’s boots) was this CEO’s passionate commitment to corporate responsibility. Made me want to learn more about his guy and his company. Elsewhere, Schwartz has said: “We must consider the consequences […]

The Harmony Institute in St. Petersburg

November 21, 2006 by
Filed under The Book's Journey

My long-time friend and colleague, Mark Horowitz, just returned from one of his periodic trips to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he teaches an extended workshop on systems thinking for students at the International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling and Group Leadership. The International School is a 3-year comprehensive training program of the Harmony Institute, founded in […]

AMA/HRI Survey on Agility

November 20, 2006 by
Filed under Research on Agility

The American Management Association just published a study on organizational agility and resilience, conducted in collaboration with the Human Resource Institute at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The survey, which included responses from 1,472 managers and HR experts from around the world, was conducted in conjunction with AMA’s affiliates and global partners, […]

Reader Reviews on Amazon

November 17, 2006 by
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So far, two readers have posted reviews of the book on Amazon (both 5-stars). The most recent review was posted by R. Castro, who sees the book, in part, as a fresh perspective on the work of leadership gurus Peter Senge, Stephen Covey, and Robert Greenleaf (servant leadership). The first review, by “workplace coach” Ameeta […]

Russ Volckmann & the Integral Leadership Review

November 17, 2006 by
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The Integral Leadership Review is a quarterly e-journal editted by leadership coach Russ Volckmann. The word “integral” in the title refers to a body of thought developed largely by philosopher-psychologist Ken Wilber. This body of thought focuses in part on stages of human development, but also applies the idea of levels of development to a […]

Mariposa Leadership Interview

November 16, 2006 by
Filed under What is Leadership Agility?

Stephen Josephs and I did a fun interview today with Sue Bethenis, CEO of Mariposa Leadership, a coaching firm in the San Francisco Bay area. Sue does one teleseminar-style interview each month, all on leadership-related topics. She asks great questions, and she has a way of listening and commenting that really gets to the heart […]

McKinsey Survey on Agility

November 13, 2006 by
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According to a survey conducted earlier this year by McKinsey & Co., executives in all industries around the globe agree that the agility and speed of their companies are urgent business issues. In fact, almost 90% said that agility is “very” or “extremely” important for business performance. Consequently, the majority of these executives are taking […]

Chris Argyris

November 10, 2006 by
Filed under Roots of Leadership Agility

After our article on leadership agility was published in The OD Practitioner, we had the honor of doing a book-signing at the national Organization Development Conference in San Francisco back on October 24. We had some wonderful conversations there. One of the warmest moments for me was the opportunity to present my former mentor, Chris […]

Boeing CEO McNerney on the Agility Imperative

November 7, 2006 by
Filed under Agility in The News

In a variety of ways, more and more executives are talking about what we call “the agility imperative.” For example, in the Oct. 16 issue of Fortune Magazine Boeing CEO James McNerney says, “Institutionally, the ability to be agile enough is the gut issue in leading an organization today.” McNerney, 57, has had an outstanding […]

Origins of Leadership Agility

November 6, 2006 by
Filed under Roots of Leadership Agility

We had a wonderful book launch party here in Boston yesterday. I got to thank many people personally for all the support they provided Steve Josephs and me throughout our 4+ year journey of researching and writing the book. It was especially nice to be able to acknowledge Bill Torbert, who originally introduced me to […]