How do you build a great organization in a time of accelerating complexity and change? What are the specific things that leaders must do? In this fascinating book, entrepreneur and business consultant Eric Douglas draws on his work with large and small corporations, public agencies, and non-profit organizations to paint a clear picture of the specific practices that distinguish the high performers from all the rest.
This is an indispensable guide for anyone in a position of leadership " or for anyone who aspires to be. It reveals both the fundamental systems at work in high-performing companies, as well as the specific day-to-day things that leaders must do to sustain high levels of success for themselves and their organizations.
"This is a great book and a great read. It describes what moves us at our core as human beings and how leaders can create leadership throughout an organization. Perhaps most importantly, it shows how to succeed when we face mortal threats and fast-moving opportunities simultaneously."
" David Muraki, Director, the California Conservation Corps
"In this original and thought-provoking book, Douglas shows how to run an organization with an emphasis on trust and innovation. His vision of aligning the core values, sharpening the focus, and accelerating the pace of change, all the while stimulating creative flow and spreading systems thinking, is a joy to read for its clarity and its grounding in real-world examples."
" Anne Stausboll, CEO, CalPERS
"The fast pace and constant change of today's business environment present challenges to any organization, large or small. Douglas provides a roadmap for structuring an organization to flourish in this environment. Leading at Light Speed is an essential read for any leader intent on building a high-performing organization."
" Marty McGartland, President and CEO, Natoma Technologies, Inc.
"I heartily recommend this well-written, wise guide book to successful leadership and innovation. It will be invaluable to everyone who aspires to lead a values-driven corporation or not-for-profit organization."
" Dr. Robert L. Hendren, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
About the Author
Eric F. Douglas is the president and founder of Leading Resources Inc., a consulting firm whose purpose is to develop leaders and leading organizations. Headquartered in California, LRI's clients include public agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad.
Educated at Harvard University, Douglas began his career in the publishing industry. He co-founded a technology company and was a senior partner at a management consulting firm prior to founding Leading Resources in 1998.
Eric's first book was Straight Talk: Turning Communication Upside Down for Strategic Results. Focusing on specific tools of communication, Straight Talk is used by more than 100,000 people worldwide. Eric has also written dozens of management articles on topics ranging from effective board governance to the principles of strategic positioning.
Douglas, who has been recognized by the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) for his work, serves on numerous boards of directors and devotes considerable time to charitable and community projects. Eric and his wife, Susanna, live in Sacramento, California. They have four children: Kate, Charlotte, Abby and James.