Book News: October 6th, 2009

By Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O’Toole with Patricia Ward Biederman.

The authors look at what conspires against “a culture of candor” in organizations to create disastrous results, and suggest ways that leaders can achieve healthy and honest openness. They explore the lightning-rod concept of “transparency” which has fast become the buzzword in government and the social sector as well as in business and corporate settings.

Together Bennis, Goleman, and O’Toole explore why the containment of truth is the dearest held value of far too many organizations and suggest practical ways that organizations, their leaders, their members, and their boards can achieve openness. After years of dedicating themselves to research and theory, at first separately, and now jointly, these three leadership giants reveal the multifaceted importance of candor and show what promotes transparency and what hinders it.

They describe how leaders often stymie the flow of information and the structural impediments that keep information from getting where it needs to go. This vital resource is written for any organization in business, government, and nonprofit to help achieve a culture of candor, truth, and transparency.

Published by Jossey Bass. ISBN: 978-0-470-36827-5 E-Book. £13.59.