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Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: A Guide for Leading Change

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Building the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership--"the fundamental state of leadership." The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundam ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Jossey-Bass (first published March 29th 2004)
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
Van prof. dr. Robert E. Quinn heb ik sinds eind jaren ’90 het Handboek Managementvaardigheden en Verander de wereld in de kast en vaak gebruikt. Afgelopen zomer nam ik van Henk Jan Kamsteeg twee andere titels, Persoonlijk meesterschap in management voorbij rationeel management (1991) en De brug bouwen terwijl je erover loopt (2004) over. €5 voor een 'evergreen', dat 10 jaar na data €41 kost op Deze 'gids voor leidinggeven bij verandering', en verandering is er vaak, start vanu ...more
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book as a part of an assignment for Leadership Achieve. Leadership Achieve is a group of 6 people (including me) who take leadership classes from our organization's President & CEO for a year. Graduation from this group is slated to take place in 2 months. I have learned a lot about myself during this process. I have learned how to be a better leader and how to bring about change more effectively.

In this book, the author, Robert E. Quinn, discusses the fundamental state of leader
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I picked up this book because it was a sequel to Quinn's Deep Change, a profoundly helpful book in thinking about myself as a leader, and the need for a leader to constantly being involved in a process of ongoing transformation, i.e. deep change. This book was a disappointment in that in many ways the first part rehearses the insights of Deep Change and continually refers back to it. The second part focuses on Quinn's concept of foundational leadership, in which the process of deep change can be ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a deep dive into the concept of transformational leadership. Having finished the book, I am still working on concepts that Quinn introduced to me; I am writing about them and may share them with people I share time with. The concept of "The fundamental state of leadership" required a great deal of reflection for me, this concept suggests that we can (must!) enter into a primal state of readiness for change at pivotal moments in our lives. Perhaps the greatest leaders among us learn ...more
Susanne Bartel
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I bought this book when I first got involved in big change programs.
It definitely was a great help switching from rather well-defined, planned-through technical projects to these 'soft' types of projects.
My biggest learning point from this book: You cannot fully plan a change program in advance, you have to review and adjust as you go. Overall, the book was an important factor in adopting a suitable approach and mind set to change initiatives.
I am planning a second read for another in-depth revi
Al Soto
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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"If you are wanting to read a book that will asset you understanding what is real leadership? This book is a must read! Robert E. Quinn will give the reader tools for decision making as well as being fully integrated as a leader. "
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Some good insights into leadership here but nothing too interesting. A little dry, a little boring.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
Joseph Serwach
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Why we don't change and how we can by building the bridge while we walk on it.
Amanda Adamek
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Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Didn't really speak to parts of it, but not all. Certainly object to a few of his implications but mostly just not all that compelling...
Susan Hester
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on leadership/management/change. Read this and "Deep Change" in preparation for a class.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
A good idea about being in a fundamental state of change. However, I felt he kept circling. It got tiresome.
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I read this book because of an article by the same author, regarding the Fundamental State of Leadership. I read the article over and over, and will keep re-reading it probably. The first half of this book is about the same subject, the last half is good but more generic. Let me know if you'd like me to send you copy of the article. Over time, I will read the author's earlier works, but am not rushing out to do so. This title alone had a lot of things to think about and work through.
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Made it through about half. There are good principles about what leadership is and how anyone can be a leader regardless of what authority or assignments they have. Not interesting enough to keep my attention.
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