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Book Capsules, January 2019

The Leader Architect: The Right People in the Right Places Doing the Right Stuff at the Right Time
Jim Grew
Career Press, 256 pp., $16.95

Most business books fail to offer both applications and theoretical frames. The Leader Architect provides both, with proven solutions based on sound theory. Expert leaders at some of the best companies in the world are using these concepts successfully, without complex external systems and training teams. This book is a practical guide for leaders who want to build and grow a consistently powerful organization that delivers long-term success. It teaches readers about myths people love that ruin businesses, the power of pairs, architecture of successful business organizations, leverage of relationships, and resilience: a step beyond agility.

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The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
Amy C. Edmondson
John Wiley and Sons, 256 pp., $30

Edmondson offers practical guidance for teams and organizations that are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but what good do these employees do if they can't speak their minds? The traditional culture of fitting in and "going along" spells doom in the knowledge economy. The Fearless Organization explores this culture of psychological safety, providing a blueprint for bringing it to life. Talking through ideas is essential in the creative process and helps establish a culture of inclusivity of thought leadership.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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