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The Group Dynamic Field Guide: 51 Ideas Leaders Can Use Today

Alan published his first book, The Group Dynamic Field Guide: 51 Ideas Leaders Can Use Today, in May of 2016. It is currently available through Amazon.com, as well as the following book stores:

Plot Twist Book Store
502 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

Beaverdale Books
2629 Beaver Ave #1
Des Moines, IA 50310

The Group Dynamic Field Guide: 51 Ideas Leaders Can Use Today

With a bias toward action, this Field Guide will provide hope, inspiration, and a way to put leadership into practice. While you can read from beginning to end, the format makes it easy to pick and choose the most urgently needed tools. The world and workplace do not wait for leaders to be properly assessed, trained, and “developed.” Instead, people end up getting promoted because someone else left. People take the chair of a committee because it’s “their turn.” And we’ve all seen people promoted to leadership because they were good at their job, even though that job may require a totally different skill set. As we continue to explore and develop leaders, we can all turn to this definition when we’re overwhelmed: Meet Needs. This requires curiosity – a leader has to ask “What’s needed?” then act on it. It could be… “What does she need from me?” “What does this team need right now?” “What does he need to hear to do his best work?” Consider a bias toward action. The world moves when we do. Lack of initiative doesn’t result in lack of change, it results in decay. It all comes down to “what’s needed now.” Leadership is the act of meeting needs. This book will help you do just that.

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The Group Dynamic Field Guide for Youth: 51 Ideas Student Leaders Can Use Today

With a bias toward action, this Field Guide will provide hope, inspiration, and a way to put leadership into practice. While you can read from beginning to end, the format makes it easy to pick and choose the most urgently needed tools. As we develop as leaders, we can all turn to this action plan when we’re overwhelmed: Meet Needs. A leader has to ask “What’s needed?” then act on it. It could be… “What does she need from me?”, “What does this team need right now?”, “What does he need to hear to do his best work?” To get into a position to meet the needs of others, student leaders must do these three things, in this order: Build Relationships. Encourage Others. Ask for More. The readings in this book all help you be more effective with one of these three steps. 

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