Building the Bridge as You Walk on It:

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Robert E. Quinn’s first book, Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within, expounded on the idea that changes in leadership styles and effectiveness required changes first and foremost within the leader’s self. In the years that followed, reader feedback provided Quinn with a new model of leadership, one that reflected leadership as a state of being rather than just a pattern of behavioral modifications.

Quinn, R. (2004). Building the bridge as you walk on it: A guide for leading change, San Francisco, CA, Jossey Bass (ISBN 0-7879-7112-X)

Thus emerged Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: A Guide for Leading Change. Ensconced in these pages of literature are valuable insights that detail the fundamental state of leadership, how you can
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We are taking definite action and fully agree with what we are doing.

3. Appreciative Inquiry - “Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery” - Thomas Moore Appreciative Inquiry is the discipline of asking thoughtful questions; respectfully delving further into an area of concern that needs attention. In our normal state we may fire twenty questions at a teenager that has come in after curfew, causing them to become defensive and silent. With Appreciative Inquiry, we would calmly explain our concern for their wellbeing and ask thoughtful questions that can help us understand what caused their tardiness.

4. Grounded Vision - “Real vision demands that we make tough choices.” - Michael F. Easley Grounded Vision is the discipline of getting to the heart of something; cutting past the obstacles and really focusing in on the matter at hand. In our normal state we are all faced with distractions from all directions. We need to clean the garage, we have been thinking about it and psyching our self up for it for weeks and finally the weekend comes that we were going to do it and we realize it is time for dinner and we still haven’t gotten to the task at hand. We wonder what happened to the day. The answer is that we got distracted. With Grounded Vision, we are able to meet the distractions and, one-by-one, place them aside so that we can tackle our original goal for the day. We remain focused on our task

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