Past Book Club Reviews
The End of Leadership
by Barbara Kellerman
by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Over the past several years I have come to appreciate an additional aspect of the holiday season that in large measure was surfaced by this ABC blog. I found myself looking forward to reconnecting with friends, colleagues, alumni, and many others, something that was made even easier by the CIMBA Alumni and Friends Christmas party, which is now become an important institutional tradition. Taken together, they form a point in time in which we an obligation to take a moment and reflect upon where we have been and where we are going.
by Professors Van Vogt and Ahuja’s
This book was written some 5 years ago, but only recently did we become aware of its significance. The author’s basic premise is that we are wired to be followers — consistent with our observations at the ropes course. The “why” of their argument follows on directly from the thinking of Professor Dunbar.
by Dr. Robin Dunbar
Dr. Dunbar is recognized for building evidence in support of the core notion that the human brain got bigger, it evolved, in order to manage its demanding social responsibilities – his Social Brain Hypothesis. In the book, Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind, Dr. Dunbar and his colleagues put together the pieces that led to the development of his theory and then provide us with a variety of studies that have been undertaken over the past 15+ years since he introduced it.
The Upside of Your Dark Side
I would like to look at “Change is difficult” expressly, and particularly at the “difficult” part of the equation. To assist us toward this end, I encourage you to consider a this very interesting book. The authors’ basic premise is that every human emotion is useful, that all physiological states have some adaptive advantage.
The Marshmallow Test
by Walter Mischel
After some initial investigation, and using both our data at CIMBA and our observations of students within our Leadership Development system, we saw that the social pain experience was a very interesting reflection of Prof. Mischel’s famous marshmallow test.