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The Executive and the Elephant. A Leader's Guide for Building Inner Excellence

  • ID: 1451933
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The Executive and the Elephant

"Wow, what a book! I started to breeze through it, and I ended up reading and thinking about every chapter. The Executive and the Elephant touches both my brain and my heart, and the effect is at once humbling and energizing. I′m going to send copies to everyone I care about who is under pressure, working hard, and in a leadership position."
WILLIAM OUCHI, Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Distinguished Professor in Corporate Renewal, UCLA; author of Theory Z

"Outstanding! Dick Daft has shed a whole new light on what it takes to set you apart as an effective leader. If I had read this book earlier in my career, I would have arrived sooner to the chairmanship of Bridgestone Americas."
MARK A. EMKES, retired chairman, CEO, and president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

"Filled with practical suggestions and novel insights, The Executive and the Elephant will transform anyone into a more effective leader."
JEFFREY PFEFFER, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business; author of Power: Why Some People Have It And Others Don′t

"For thousands of years we have been programmed to think that leading change means doing things ′to′ other people. In this wonderful book, Dick Daft helps us successfully transform ourselves into the leader and person we want to become."
ROBERT E. QUINN, M.E. Tracy Collegiate Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; author of Deep Change and Change the World

"This magnificent book contains a tapestry of wisdom from around the world that shows leaders how to begin serious self–transformation by someone who has been there, done that."
PETER VAILL, senior scholar and emeritus professor of management, Antioch University

"This book is a ′bible′ for [leadership] self–development."
RONALD E. RIGGIO, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

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Part One The Two Selves.

1. The Problem of Managing Yourself.

The Conflict Between Knowing and Doing.

The Universal Failure of Willpower.

The Divided Self: Executive and Elephant.

Learning to Lead from Your Inner Executive.

Purpose of This Book.

2. Recognize Your Two Selves.

Levels of Consciousness.

Two Voices Within.

Why Your Mind Is Filled with Automatic Thoughts.

Unfocused Elephant Mind Versus Focused Executive Presence.

Small Box Versus Large Mind.

Part Two Ways You May Mislead or Delude Yourself.

3. Three Tendencies That Distort Your Reality.

Your Internal Judge.

Your Internal Magician.

Your Internal Attorney.

4. Every Leader′s Six Mental Mistakes.

Reacting Too Quickly.

Inflexible Thinking.

Wanting Control.

Emotional Avoidance and Attraction.

Exaggerating the Future.

Chasing the Wrong Gratifications.

Part Three How to Start Leading Yourself.

5. Engage Your Intention.

Visualize Your Intention.

Verbalize Your Intention.

6. Follow Through on Your Intentions.

Write Down Your Intentions.

Set Deadlines.

Design Tangible Mechanisms.

7. Calm Down to Speed Up.

Get Connected.

Let It Happen.

Sit by Your Problem.

Relax Your Body.

Calm Your Elephant by Acting the Part or Making a Gentle Request.

8. Slow Down to Stop Your Reactions.

Stop and Think.

Stop Interrupting.

Detach from your Emotions and Impulses.

Just Say No.

Employ Punishment.

Part Four Become Aware of Your Inner Resources.

9. Get to Know Your Inner Elephant.

Know Yourself.

Solicit Feedback.

Take Advantage of a Setback.

10. Expand Your Awareness.

Review the Day.

Contemplate Creatively.

Part Five Reach for the Heights.

11. Sharpen Your Concentration.

Focus Your Attention.

Focus on Means, Not Ends.

Slow Down, Look, and Listen.

Focus on People.

12. Develop Your Witness.

Turn Inward to Develop Your Witness.

Use Radical Self–Inquiry.

Who Am I?

13. Reprogram Yourself.

Repeat a Mantra.

Prayer May Help, but Not the Way You Think.

14. Mend Your Mind with Meditation.

Why Meditate?

An Easy Way to Start.

Two Essentials.

Mindfulness Meditation.

Try Visual Rather Than Verbal.

Contemplative Meditation.

Part Six Can You Lead from a People Frame of Reference?

15. Change Your Frame to See People.

What Is Your Frame?

From Leading Objects to Leading Humans.

How to Change Your Frame.

16. Change Your Frame to Ask Questions.

From Answering Questions to Asking Questions.

In All Things, Consult.

17. Living and Leading from Your Inner Executive.

Higher Consciousness Revisited.

When Her Mind Went Quiet.

Answers to Individual Questions.

Final Thoughts.

The Author.


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Richard L. Daft
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