A Failure of Nerve - Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

Author(s): Edwin H. Friedman; Peter Steinke (Foreword by)

Business & Economics

Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's best-selling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever, and this revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy.Friedman was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, and politicians and teachers. His understandings about our regressed, "seatbelt society," oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the "quick fixes" and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argued for strength and selfdifferentiationas the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy.A Failure of Nerve was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death and originally publishedin a limited edition. This new edition cleans up some oversights in the original and bringshis life-changing insights and challenges to a new generation of readers."Reading this book is like discovering an unpublished Beethoven sonata or a missing play of Shakespeare. Ed Friedman was one of our most brilliant, original, and provocative thinkers across the fields of therapy, ministry, and organizational leadership."--Professor William J. Doherty, Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781596272798
  • : Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • : Seabury Books
  • : May 2017
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Special Fields

  • : Edwin H. Friedman; Peter Steinke (Foreword by)
  • : 288
  • : 158/.4
  • : English
  • : Paperback