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The Ambiguity Advantage
What Great Leaders are Great At
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
24 Aug 2006
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£38.99
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9781403987655
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The ability to deal with ambiguity is a defining attribute for all leaders; it is what separates the great leaders from the average. This innovative new work shows that a key factor for great leadership is the ability to recognize, explore and profit from ambiguous and near chaotic situations, whilst less able peers take all the steps necessary to simply reduce any ambiguity.

Drawing upon the author's own research, and including compelling international case studies and stories, this engaging book shows how to lead others through situations of high ambiguity and uncertainty in a manner that creates opportunity, innovation and competitive advantage.


Description

The ability to deal with ambiguity is a defining attribute for all leaders; it is what separates the great leaders from the average. This innovative new work shows that a key factor for great leadership is the ability to recognize, explore and profit from ambiguous and near chaotic situations, whilst less able peers take all the steps necessary to simply reduce any ambiguity.

Drawing upon the author's own research, and including compelling international case studies and stories, this engaging book shows how to lead others through situations of high ambiguity and uncertainty in a manner that creates opportunity, innovation and competitive advantage.


Reviews

'For a leader in the old world, certainty offered an advantage. In the
new world, uncertainty will give the leader an edge. Wilkinson blurs the
lines between what we know we don't know and what we don't know we know.
A must read for anyone who wants to take advantage of the chaos around
them.' - Dr. David Lomas, Head of Innovation and Talent, Royal Mail Group


'Anyone who believes that the status quo is a credible option urgently needs to read this book' - Chief Superintendent Philip Aspey, National Secretary Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales

'Book important Wilkinson's, topic neglected, distinctions powerful read valuable. Confused, annoyed or intrigued by that opening sentence? It's pretty tame, as far as ambiguity goes. Whether you are irritated, mystified or attracted by ambiguity, the fact remains that there is a great deal of it in the complex and dynamic world of modern work. If you have leadership responsibilities, and you have never felt puzzled, then you are almost certainly not rising to the challenge of your job. Most people shy away from ambiguity. Leaders cannot afford to, because ambiguity is the raw material from which the future is generated. Dave Wilkinson's Ambiguity Advantage is an important book because it reveals how we deceive and limit ourselves, and our organisations, by over-simplifying ambiguity. It is a powerful and valuable book because it also shows how to work with ambiguity and create opportunities from it.' - Alan Robertson, Management Consultant & Executive Coach (Author of The Fast Track Formula and Managing Talented People)

'This book has very interesting insights for leaders managing ambiguity and therefore by definition for all leaders. It is very readable and the case studies make the points clearly. It's a fresh approach to reviewing leadership.' - Dale Haddon, People & Organisational Development Director for Parcelforce Worldwide


Contents

The Nature of Ambiguity
Types of Ambiguity
Responses to Ambiguity
The Nature of Leadership
What Good Leaders Do with Ambiguity
Getting Creative with Ambiguity
Developing Ambiguity
Conclusions


Authors

DAVID WILKINSON is the Head of Professional Development at Cranfield University where he researches and teaches many aspects of learning, leadership, personal, professional and organizational development. Having designed and run Command Level Public Order courses for the UK police services, he runs trainer training for disaster and post-terrorist incident management around the world. Teaching at a number of universities and conferences in many countries, David also consults for business, emergency and defence services, various agencies and governments internationally.