KaBoom or KaChing: Strategic Leadership During Disruption demonstrates how experience is the greatest teacher! It’s pragmatic and easy to read and among other things gives a wonderful case study of how disruption can be the most effective way to get the change you need. Woven throughout are great lessons provided in a Q and A, storytelling format. I appreciate how one of the foundational concepts is the role trust and empathy play in shaping workplace culture. This book is a quick read and one that should be on every leader’s shelf.
Victor Bloomberg and Steve O’Kane have written a very evocative and engaging book on strategic leadership and ways of approaching, and in some cases, preventing malfunction in an organization. Their book, KaBoom or KaChing: Strategic Leadership During Disruption examines and guides us through an inquiry into organizational challenges. Their approach is to encourage us to engage in dialogue with our colleagues and coworkers, to ask questions, and to take an open-minded, inquisitive approach when we confront the challenges faced by our organizations. They give us valuable food for thought, and elicit from us, their readers, the desire to be engaged in reflecting and taking action, rather than passively following an oversimplified recipe. The book is well worth reading, and perhaps ideally should be read with others in one’s organization, as a basis for discussion and cooperative action.
This is a succinct, practical guide that offers valuable insight for middle or upper management in social services. Many of us have worked under or been part of the leadership styles highlighted. It takes courage, creativity, and feedback to support the vision and mission of an agency. The book gives examples: a successful hospital services overhaul; successes in an inhospitable environment, and failures to the challenges of disruption. The reader is challenged to the interplay of trust from the CEO and the staff who deliver the agency’s mission.
Susan Wingfield-Ritter, LMFT, MAC, Clinical Director