It is well known that in their professional lives most academics and researchers will - like cats - seek to exercise as much independence as possible. When you consider...the very high intelligence of the 'workforce', typically accompanied by high ...
ideals and a frequently argumentative style...the often conservative nature of the culture, and corresponding resistance to change...the very considerable difficulties involved in seeking cross-boundary collaboration...the bureaucratic nature of many institutional processes...This all makes for the special challenge of leading and managing in an academic or research institution. "Herding Cats" is a long-awaited guide for anyone grappling with such a challenge. Resulting wisdom is combined with practical advice gleaned from the authors' own top-level experience of managing/leading international academic and research institutions. The book's four sections: Understanding the Culture; Getting the Job done; Managing the People and Leading Strategically - reflect upon the dilemmas, tensions and pressures that face any new - and indeed current - leader in a 'cats' environment, including: making the tough strategic choices; leading change effectively; dealing with bureaucracy, inside and outside; allocating resources and managing budgets; ensuring effective implementation. In dealing with these common leadership and management themes, Garrett and Davies paint a picture of the culture of a typical 'cats' environment, replete with remarkable intellects, passion, arguments, politics and prejudice, and where trying to push people to a destination is usually doomed to failure. "Herding Cats" guides leaders and aspiring leaders in academic and research institutions through the process of learning to accept and embrace the qualities of their 'cats' so they can tempt them to an outcome with agility and success.
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Date of publication: 10/03/2011
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