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Forbes Review (Steve Denning)
Forbes Review (Rawn Shah)
The Globe and Mail Review (Harvey Schachter)
Pontefract is to organizational dynamics and social collaboration what General Patton was to WWII.
John Ambrose, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Skillsoft
Comprehensive, clear and compelling coverage of how to strive for unity and success while shedding ourselves of hierarchical stumbling blocks.
Bill Jensen, Author of Simplicity and Disrupt!
FLAT ARMY – book overview
Leaders of any ilk and department are struggling. Society is awash with social technologies; employees want to be included in the conversations and decisions; and management is stuck sorting out how teams should operate with dated leadership models against a new and technology-sophisticated social world order. There is no easy way to undo what years and even decades of command-and-control management practices have done to leaders–and to the disengaged employee. The process of change has to start with the leadership in any organization, and Flat Army is designed to prevent your organization’s ship from sinking.
Dan Pontefract knows and understands what happens to an organization when employees are unhappy and uncommitted. More importantly, he knows what it takes to create a leadership culture that drives engagement, empowerment and encouragement amongst continued execution. In any of the corporate leadership roles he has held, he demonstrates a steadfast belief that a collaborative, connected and participative leadership framework is the only way in which to operate.
Flat Army surfaces five key frameworks that can help you and your organization make the shift too. How can you become a visible and collaborative leader? How can you empower and energize all teams and units? How can you build a sense of common purpose and celebrate the wins? The lessons of experience are at your fingertips, as well as the models, strategies and initiatives that Dan recommends to help you instill a true culture of collaboration.
other FLAT ARMY reviews
- Kevin Jones “Flat Army Review – It is Time to Engage Your Employees”
- “This book gives you the WHY behind where we are today – the hierarchical and command/control nightmare – and then gives you a way to escape from the dark side.”
- Bill Ives “Dan Pontefract’s Flat Army: A Review”
- “Collaboration tools can turn Taylorism on its head so learning goes up and down the enterprise and the whole structure is flatted. I would certainly agree with Dan’s views here. However, precisely because of this transformative change in communication it takes a cultural change to work. This is much of the content in Dan’s very useful book.”
- Don Clark “Flat Army: 3-33 Learning Model Verses 70-20-10”
- “Flat Army is a very good book that deserves a special spot in in anyone’s library who is interested in collaboration, leadership, and learning.”
- David Zinger “5 Zingers on Flat Army (Dan Pontefract)”
- “I encourage you to read Flat Army to receive your “marching orders” to meaningfully advance leadership and engagement as we approach 2020.”
- Kaye Parker (Chronicle Herald) “BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: Strong ideas on engaged staff”
- “Flat Army was very well thought out and well constructed. The flow made perfect sense, and was easy to follow. I’d be quick to recommend this to anyone who wanted to become a leader, or anyone who wanted to go beyond their present scope of leadership.”
- Robert Morris “How to strengthen engagement, empowerment, and execution, then leverage them for a decisive competitive advantage”
- “Dan Pontefract suggests leaders must be transformational and transactional, collaborative and considerate, daring and decisive, inclusive and insistent, playful and formal, harmonious, and humble, encouraging and results-driven. In a word, Flat.”
- John Cousineau “Keys to Creating a Flat Army [of Front-Line Folks in Sales Execution]”
- “Pontefract’s views on connected and engaged organizations are, in my view, a really valuable organizational development take on related sales performance challenges.
- Karin Wills “Top Ten Books: Understanding Humans and Organizations”
- “Dan has deftly connected the wisdom of many other organizational behaviour and business research authors, added his own brand of organizational dynamics, and woven in his experience of employing these ideas in currently successful businesses.”
To help you understand what the Flat Army book is all about, I’ve developed a series of short videos — ranging between 45-100 seconds — that frames and describes all 13 chapters.
- Chap 1: The Mona Lisa is So Small!
- Chap 2: How’d We Get So Rigid?
- Chap 3: The Connected Leader
- Chap 4: Becoming a Connected Leader
- Chap 5: Being a Connected Leader
- Chap 6: Beyond the Connected Leader
- Chap 7: Participative Leader Framework
- Chap 8: Collaborative Leader Action Model
- Chap 9: Learning at the Speed of Need
- Chap 10: Tools, Rules and the Jewels of Being a Flat Army Leader
- Chap 11: Flat Army in Action
- Chap 12: The Culture Quest of Flat Army
- Afterword: In Collaborative Conclusion
HOW I Wrote It
If you want to find out how I wrote the book, read “I Wrote a 90,000 Word Book Entirely in Evernote”
WHY I Wrote It
You can find out WHY I wrote the Flat Army book via the Flat Army Golden Circle.
You can download — for free — all 5 of the Flat Army framework graphics on Slideshare. Feel free to share them too.
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