[FoRK] Management & Leadership, Knowledge, Creativity, Training/Learning

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Sun Mar 20 13:00:12 PDT 2011

I found this book to be a very interesting project management book. Not
quite leadership, but on the self-actualising axis.


the "blind men and the elephant" metaphor, this useful guide explains how a
"follow the leader" approach creates troubled projects by pulling attention
from the real source of power and authority - the individual. Using
real-world stories, it shows how anyone can transform a fuzzy project
assignment into a meaningful, satisfying experience. Author David A.
Schmaltz·-- creator of True North's Mastering Projects Workshop at Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Project Sun Workshop -- reframes the root cause of
difficulties in project work, singling out "incoherence" (the inability of
people to make common meaning from their common experience) as the main
obstacle, and presents a set of simple, easily available techniques to
increase a project's coherence and its participants' enjoyment of the

On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:

> Searching for something else, I found the following document from 2001.  It
> is one of the more complete and most concise leadership documents I've run
> across.
> http://www.scribd.com/doc/9191/Leadership
> It is an old (but printable) version of the following material.  This site
> also has great information on knowledge, training / learning, creativity,
> etc.
> http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leader.html
> This is interesting as the lead-in for Creativity:
> http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/creativity/creativity.html
>> Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of /Flow/ <
>> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060920432/bigdogsbowlofbis/>,
>> describes ten traits of creative people. He writes the fifth one as
>> harboring tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion.
>> Usually we tend to be one or the other. Indeed, in psychological research,
>> extroversion and introversion are normally considered the most stable
>> personality traits. Yet creative people seem to express both traits at the
>> same time. And there are probably a couple of good reasons why.
> A mention of Mihaly is always good.  I still remember reading Flow in the
> cafeteria at Bank of America in 1994...  Which, ironically, reveals a break
> in my flow. ;-)  Or, more likely, indicates hyper-activated "photographic
> memory" because I had an ah-hah moment.
> Are you (Maslow) self-actualized? (Isn't that a pre-requisite for FoRK??)
>  (Do others do this much?: I like "casting" the "type" of a phrase to
> disambiguate / hyper-specify.)
> http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadhb.html
>>      Characteristics of self-actualizing people:
>>    * Have better perceptions of reality and are comfortable with it.
>>    * Accept themselves and their own natures.
>>    * Lack of artificiality.
>>    * They focus on problems outside themselves and are concerned with
>> basic issues and eternal questions.
>>    * They like privacy and tend to be detached.
>>    * Rely on their own development and continued growth.
>>    * Appreciate the basic pleasures of life (e.g. do not take blessings
>> for granted).
>>    * Have a deep feeling of kinship with others.
>>    * Are deeply democratic and are not really aware of differences.
>>    * Have strong ethical and moral standards.
>>    * Are original, inventive, less constricted and fresher than others
> His site is mentioned here:
> http://management.about.com/od/leadership/Leadership.htm
> This is also cool, but subscription ($19/mo.).
> http://www.mindtools.com/
> I cannot help but feel that ITIL is yet another certification / process a
> semi-scam.  Poor Europeans.  At least, I get the feeling that it is commonly
> used and/or required.  Some good info though.
> http://www.itil-officialsite.com/
> sdw
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