While our expertise in food and nutrition gets us into our great jobs, the subject matter in My Favorite Books offers key points in getting further in our careers personally and, as a result, propelling our industry further. My goal is not to refer you to more books about great topics in food and nutrition, but to expose you to a handful of my favorites on leadership, innovation, decision making, and strategy.
I hope you enjoy these and get some words of wisdom from the great thought leaders in leadership of our time. If you have thoughts on these books or particular pieces that are meaningful to you, please share. I look forward to your feedback.
President, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Organizing Genius, The Secrets to Creative Collaboration
By Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman
Harper Collins Publishers (2010)
What do the first Disney animated film, the 1992 Clinton campaign, and the 1st user friendly computer have in common? All were accomplished with the innovative and creative collaboration of what Bennis and Ward Biederman call Great Groups. So many times in our history, we identify significant work and triumphs with one person……..a term phrased as the “Great Man”. But, can one person change our paradigm of reality, or are we better served relying on the diverse gifts and talents of many coming together to achieve what one cannot create alone? This book is filled with independent chapters on Great Groups of our time.
I encourage you, as you pick out one, two, or all of these features, to think about what these groups have in common:
• Individuals are intrinsically motivated, enjoy problem solving, and share in a dream
• Leaders are unafraid of hiring people better than themselves and allow members to discover their own greatness
• Groups are free of morale problems, engaged in a process of discovery that has its own reward, and complete amazing projects.
Of course, I don’t expect you to hide in a hole for months at a time and ignore the rest of your life while you face the nation’s nutrition problems. Invest in this book and you will be amazed at what some are willing to do to be a part of history! But I do ask that you consider finding some “take aways” you can apply to your professional and personal life.
What radical and innovative change is waiting in your organization? Or in your life? Enjoy!
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