Book Excerpts


Coming Soon - A New Book by Michael H. Shenkman: Into the Open: Mentoring Mystic Aspirations

Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire, and Cultivate Great Leaders

Mentoring differs from instruction, teaching, and coaching in that it emphasizes not talents and skills used in executing a project, but the qualities and values of life that are needed to sustain oneself in the creative endeavor. In Leader Mentoring, Shenkman makes the case for leader mentoring. "No mentors, no leaders," he says. Yet, this great, ancient, and necessary catalyst for learning has been neglected by our training and development industry.

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The Arch and the Path: The Life of Leading Greatly

The Arch and the Path: The Life of Leading Greatly is not your usual book on leadership: it depicts the arduous and joyful path leaders must take in order to guide succesful organizations. Great leaders of successful organizations, according to Shenkman, open people´s lives to more expansive and encompassing possibilities. Creative leading requires a commitment. It is not a commitment everyone will make. And once made, the commitment brings with it special demands. The life of leading is a response to those demands. If leaders are to sustain their efforts in their chosen role, learning the disciplines and practices of the life of leading is essential. As a mentor to leaders of successful organizations of all types, Shenkman has helped many aspiring exceutives to lead greatly. 

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The Strategic Heart: Using the New Science to Lead Growing Organizations

The title, The Strategic Heart, evokes the idea that when people focus on a mission they believe is important, they put their hearts into making their work and company a success. Shenkman uses insights from the new sciences of Complexity and Flow to help business leaders create the adaptable, flexible and high performance organizations that succeed in today's competitive world.

Value and Strategy: Competing Successfully in the Nineties 

Value and Strategy: Competing Successfully in the Nineties presents fresh ideas, concepts, and practical suggestions for decision makers who must sustain growth and profitability in today's competitive business environment. Clearly written and illustrated with examples, graphics, and a glossary, this compact volume propels the idea of customer value to the forefront of business strategy. Value has emerged as a key idea in strategy because, as never before, customers can from pick and choose from among many different products and services. As a result, their expectations and demands for value, including quality, innovation, and affordability, have reached new heights. Shenkman thus begins by showing how a valuing process is used in everyday life: how a buyer thinks about value; how the idea of value operates in the processes of buying and selling; and how value and profits are created in the course of a relationship between a business and its customers. Dr. Shenkman then shows how in today's markets businesses both compete and cooperate in order to establish a leading position for their products and services. These efforts are necessary to ensure profitability, but they also combine to create powerful forces that limit the viability of any product or service over time. Market forces thus fuel the phenomenon of turnover that requires constant innovation and organizational responsiveness.

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