The Responsibility Virus

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9780465044108: The Responsibility Virus

Roger Martin's tools for conquering the Responsibility Virus:--The Frame ExperimentHelps those already stuck in over- or under-responsibility to arrest their downward spiral, one relationship at a time--The Choice-Structuring ProcessHelps members of a group create robust and compelling choices together, rather than leaping to roles of heroic leadership or passive followership--The Responsibility LadderHelps managers and subordinates work together and shows each of us when and how to take on responsibility from a boss--Redefining Leadership and FollowershipHelps leaders move from unilateral decision-making to shared responsibilityRoger Martin was named one of "Sixteen Change Agents Who Are Creating Your Future" by Fast Company magazine, which said, "Martin is not interested in business as usual-or in business school as usual."

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About the Author:

Dean of the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, Roger Martin was f or fifteen years a consultant with the Monitor Com pany, where in addition to his client work on beha lf of some of the world's top corporations he serv ed as co-head for two years and was the founding c hairman of Monitor University, the firm's educatio nal arm. In addition to publishing in the Harvard Business Review, Time, and other periodicals, Mart in has worked with Harvard Business School colleag ues such as Michael Porter, Chris Argyris, and Mic hael Jensen. He has also been profiled in periodic als such as the Financial Times, the Globe and Mai l, and Fast Company. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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A magazine CEO clashes with his v-p of sales over lagging ad sales. Two married attorneys each try to get the upper hand while house-hunting. A team of managers, intending to collaborate, winds up competing with each other. These are just some of the power struggles Martin, dean of the University of Toronto's business school, presents in this personal and professional self-help book. Both overachieving and underachieving execs will recognize themselves and their colleagues in Martin's realistic, well-sketched (pseudonymous) conflicts, in which ego and fear of failure are presented as major roadblocks to group consensus. His 15 years of consulting experience serve him well, especially when he demonstrates, with specific examples, how most poor decision-making begins at the level of individual behavior. Figures and diagrams abound, likening portions of the book to a Power Point presentation, albeit a useful one. For example, the "Responsibility Ladder" shows the levels of responsibility to which most people gravitate in most situations. At the lowest rung of the ladder, one set of problems is created when folks who fear failure drop difficult projects on other people's desks. Martin is quick to point out, however, that organizational problems can arise at the top of the ladder, too, when managers who seek control "consider options and make [a] decision, informing other [parties] subsequently." Martin wrote this book "to help people avoid the natural predisposition to screw up the handling of responsibility in ways that undermine their goals and well-being," and he succeeds. His examples and nuggets of advice are on-target and entertaining.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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