Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

Bennis, Warren

Published by Your Coach In A Box, 2010
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Synopsis: This audio book is Warren Bennis' true autobiography, direct from the source, before other biographies start to come out. Bennis' long and storied life and career are filled with insights about many of the people who helped (and hindered) him along the way. Characters include Douglas MacGregor, Abraham Maslow, Timothy Leary, Werner Erhard, Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Ann Landers, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and many more. In addition, Bennis' life and career has traversed eight decades, and the events of these decades are brought home through his many stories. As a Jewish child in a gentile town in the 30s, a young army recruit in the Battle of the Bulge, a college student in the one of the first progressive precursors to the civil rights movement, a patient undergoing daily psychoanalysis for five years, and later a university provost during the Vietnam protests, Bennis has had a first-hand seat to many of the tumultuous episodes of recent history. They shaped him and his thinking and actions; he was and is both an amazing observer and a player in this history.

This audio book promises to be honest, warts and all, and at times revelatory. Bennis is an eloquent writer -- one of the best in business -- and he will be working closely with Patricia Ward Bierdeman, his longtime writer/collaborator and personal friend, to shape a unique and lasting audio book.

From the Inside Flap: If many of our organizations have become more democratic, more resilient, more adaptable, and more transparent, it is because Warren Bennis has provided much of the intellectual and ethical fuel over the past half-century to our most influential and successful leadership experts and practitioners.

Still Surprised illuminates how the world-changing ideas of Bennis and his colleagues resulted from the searing crucible of their own encounters, events, and experiences— not within a sterile laboratory of ideas. It demonstrates how students of leadership are formed by what they discover about themselves on roads that are opened to them by circumstances—and by the roles they choose to carve out for themselves as a result.

The memoir begins, appropriately, with the surprise of an awkward and confused teenage Warren Bennis being prodded into his first leadership position, in vicious combat during the latter stages of World War II. This child of the depression is then surprised by the opportunity to attend college, thanks to the GI Bill, at the raucous and revolutionary Antioch College. Next come a number of breathtaking roles: working alongside some of the world's most intriguing and celebrated figures, from Cambridge to Calcutta, to reshape organizational life; successfully putting his own theories into practice as a university provost and president; and coaching not only U.S. presidents and top corporate CEOs but successive waves of ambitious young women and men.

This is also a memoir of our times, seen through the prism of Bennis's own development during crucial inflection points of recent decades. His own medley of insecurity, hard work, determination to invent a new life, and growing capacity to engage others all came into play amidst transformations within our society.

The art of leading well is not based on quick formulas for moving people, Bennis has noted; it flows from becoming an integrated person, one who is able to discover and define—and redefine—oneself in the face of surprises and challenges. The annals of modern leadership would be incomplete if our foremost authority on leadership had not detailed his own journey of self-discovery, as he finally does here—to the delight of devotees and admirers around the globe.

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Title: Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in ...
Publisher: Your Coach In A Box
Publication Date: 2010
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