Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor

Transparency How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor In Transparency the authors a powerhouse trio in the field of leadership look at what conspires against a culture of candor in organizations to create disastrous results and suggest ways that leader

  • Title: Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor
  • Author: Warren G. Bennis Daniel Goleman James O'Toole
  • ISBN: 9780470278765
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Transparency, the authors a powerhouse trio in the field of leadership look at what conspires against a culture of candor in organizations to create disastrous results, and suggest ways that leaders can achieve healthy and honest openness They explore the lightning rod concept of transparency which has fast become the buzzword not only in business and corporate setIn Transparency, the authors a powerhouse trio in the field of leadership look at what conspires against a culture of candor in organizations to create disastrous results, and suggest ways that leaders can achieve healthy and honest openness They explore the lightning rod concept of transparency which has fast become the buzzword not only in business and corporate settings but in government and the social sector as well Together Bennis, Goleman, and O Toole explore why the containment of truth is the dearest held value of far too many organizations and suggest practical ways that organizations, their leaders, their members, and their boards can achieve openness After years of dedicating themselves to research and theory, at first separately, and now jointly, these three leadership giants reveal the multifaceted importance of candor and show what promotes transparency and what hinders it They describe how leaders often stymie the flow of information and the structural impediments that keep information from getting where it needs to go This vital resource is written for any organization business, government, and nonprofit that must achieve a culture of candor, truth, and transparency.

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    1. An excellent book - I highly recommend this to anyone in a leadership position trying to leverage transparency into their leadership style and create a culture of candor, or for anyone trying to influence their leadership to do the same.

    2. A great book that emphasizes why honesty is the best policy. My husband is a corporate engineering consultant who has to constantly give bad news, but due to his integrity, he is always respected for it. This book reconfirmed some truths about business that I've learned from him, and also gives whistleblowers the green light.

    3. The concepts are great in this book. Unfortunately all the digital examples (mostly around blogging) are so out of date given the rate of technological change, combined with political examples (also fast changing across the world and in the US), make the reading very difficult.The book is segmented into 3 long essays. I recommend the middle one and skipping the others.

    4. Short book on the buzzword of business leadership today. The digital age has forced businesses to adopt transparency or pay the price. Definitely some good information contained within but a lot of common sense and "do the right thing".

    5. The idea of transparency might be more than one expects. Bennis, Goleman and O'Toole provide what in means to operate with candor and transparency in today's ever connected world.

    6. Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of CandorWarren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O'TooleJossey-BassThe co-authors are three of the most influential business thinkers in recent years and, with Patricia Ward Biederman, collaborated on this book that consists of three separate but related essays: "Creating a Culture of Candor" (Bennis, Goleman, and Biederman examine transparency within and in relationships between organizations), "Speaking Truth to Power" (O'Toole shares his perspective [...]

    7. Perhaps I came to this brief and eminently readable series of essays with exceedingly high expectations. Or perhaps I have been through many of the arguments already. For whatever reason, I was disappointed. Not in the quality of the writing, or the strength of the arguments, both of which are superb. But for two reasons. First, because this book will so quickly date, more of which in a moment. And second, and perhaps most importantly, because transparency is a moral and ethical imperative, a pr [...]

    8. Insightful collection of essays about business transparencyAt 144 pages, you could finish this slim volume in an evening. Its three, smoothly written essays combine to make an engaging book. Authors Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman and James O’Toole, writing with Patricia Ward Biederman, blend references to well-known events with useful new accounts of transparency and opacity, and their outcomes. The writers focus primarily on concept and character, but they also offer specific suggestions for a [...]

    9. It took Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O'Toole, and Patricia Ward Biederman to write this slim volume on the purpose and perils of transparency in organizations. At 121 pages, it's a little book, really three articles put together, with a couple of time-tested insights. The blogging world and other Internet technology has made it easier than ever to force transparency on unwilling organizations -- even mainland China. The problems of whistleblowers have been around since Aristotle, who had [...]

    10. I listed to this on audio, and I just kept waiting for the meat of the book to start. When the closing credits came I was baffled, thinking "Wait, what the heck was this book about?".The subtitle is very misleading. It should be "Transparency: Learn to deal with the culture of candor", because there are no tips in this book -- just endless examples of the inevitibility of transparency in this age, and a few good (and many bad) examples of transparency and candor at work.I may have to get the tex [...]

    11. an important word, like diversity, that, at most times, is superficially understood and implemented. the book highlights good examples of good and bad transparency, the importance of it, and some steps to achieve it. organizational psychology majors might like this book. other than the case examples, it's nothing too exciting. it's a short read that could provide a new perspective or some decent party-conversation topics.

    12. Excellent short book (120 pages) about the necessity of transparency in today's world. Transparency is almost forced on us today with the digital age - camera phones everywhere, the blogosphere, email. The most successful companies understand and use transparency as a competitive advantage. Keys to transparency in leadership today are: followers who are willing to speak honestly , and leaders who are willing to listen to unsettling information. Highly recommended."

    13. Very good! The essays collected here point out that transparency is really no longer optional. With the advent of social media and the blogosphere, leaks of "secrets" are bound to occur. To build trust, leaders have to develop a culture that treats people and situations honestly - welcoming truth from all quarters and encouraging speaking truth to power. More about the need for transparency than how to go about fostering it, but well worth the time. Another winner from Warren Bennis.

    14. This collection of 3 essays on transparency is a quick and good read. It's especially pertinent for all those in management who have the opportunity in various ways to create a "transparent" culture. I came away convinced that more candor and transparency in business and government is better, but the leaders must "make it so" in wise and humble ways. I especially enjoyed the middle essay by James O'Toole with his philosophical analysis of transparency.

    15. A must read for both employees and managers. As far as I am concerned, you cannot have accountability within your organization unless you have transparency. Authors hit on a number of key features that I wish all organizations would pay more attention to--gaining and maintaining consumer and staff trust, open 2-way communication, ethical responsibilities, and moral convictions.

    16. Many issues and problems in this world caused by secrecy. By lies. Transparency clearly describes the powerful imperative for honest communication in this boundless world. A vital new book by reputable experts.

    17. The professional stories were interesting. However, I did not gain anything new from reading this book. Librarians by profession are very transparent and try to disseminate information as best as we can.

    18. Really thorough look at transparency and ethics in organizations. From a business and social perspective.

    19. I assign Bennis' essay for my MBA courses. Leaders in all organizations should read this book to see the value that can come from great transparency and knowledge in organizations.

    20. Audiobook on iTunes. Excellent.Supports what we learn in class. Bennis and Goleman = like and support view of leadership

    21. Great subject matter. Altough I agree with the authors, their personal biases/political positions come through a bit too loud.

    22. A required read for my MBA class. Interesting read in these turbulent economic times. Not finished yet, but since it's "required" I'm sure I will before June 2010.

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