I've long believed that market need and competency must have the catalyst of passion if a company is to have a competitive advantage. Omar Khan and Paul B. Brown practice what they preach and tear into the liberation of passion with raw gusto and exhilarating energy. Reading this book gives leaders the opportunity to improve the power of their assets several-fold without a penny of capital investment. If that doesn't impassion you, nothing will. Alan Weiss, Ph.D. Author, Million Dollar Consulting Finally, a solid business book with practical advice to produce life-changing and profit-making results. Liberating passion by strengthening relationships throughout an organization has been one of the most neglected areas in business literature. But no more! As the authors state, passion IS natural and when it is liberated, outstanding results soon follow. The business world today is so thoroughly global, you need ideas and inspiration from vast global experience. Omar Khan and Sensei International are world-class in helping leaders and teams emotionally engage each other, releasing productive passion and focusing it for powerful results.
If you want to upgrade your leadership and uplift your team, this is the book to show you how. Ron Kaufman Author, UP Your Service! Chairman, UP Your Service! College Omar Khan and Paul B. Brown bring clarity and focus to the issue that many businesses overlook--people. Any business without its people would cease to exist. Time and again, I have seen otherwise great leaders brought down by poor leadership development skills. Here Omar draws on his experience in engaging leaders and teams across the world and in collaboration with the ever insightful Paul Brown distills the essence of the real value behind great teams, great talent and great leadership. In an otherwise abstract genre, they bring transformative and skillfully applicable ideas straight into the executive and management suite. Sam Moon CEO, DNMstrategies Limited Managing Director, Asia Pacific, BusinessWeek Events The tools described in this timely book create powerful impact for global teams.
You'll read here about fostering appropriate intimacy and emotional maturity through removing unhelpful defensiveness, about the creative capacity of dialogues conducted in a World Cafe format, of brave conversations, of creating "bold courageous steps" to bring strategy vividly to life, and to giving future-based requests to each other that simultaneously affirm and challenge our potential as leaders. I heartily recommend that you not only read about these methodologies, but then passionately apply them. You'll be very glad you did! Shonaid Jemmett-Page Global Senior Vice-President, Home and Personal Care, Finance and Information Unilever People and organizations can be dramatically transformed by authentic conversations, a true sense of common purpose and community and removing the "masks" that hide real feelings and beliefs. If the leader can show the courage to liberate the suppressed passion of his team and unleash the often hidden energy, it can deliver incredibly powerful results. It is only through genuine engagement with all stakeholders that this process can start. Removing the "passion killers" is a great beginning.
I hope that reading Liberating Passion will be a catalyst for many of you to move your teams from first into fifth gear. Fred Combe Managing Director, NATUS
Table of Contents
Dedication. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1. How the World's Best Global Leaders Produce Winning Results Chapter 2. The Great Passion Heist Chapter 3. Communicating as a Last Resort... Chapter 4. Passion Liberator One: "Into Me See" Chapter 5. Passion Liberator Two: The Right Bull's Eye Chapter 6. Passion Liberator Three: Radical Conversations Chapter 7. Passion Liberato Four: Protecting Possibility Chapter 8. Passion Liberator Five: Provoking the Future Chapter 9. Passion Liberator Six: Claiming Accountability Chapter 10. Passion Liberator Seven: Living Vitality Chapter 11. Passion Liberator Eight: Appreciating Potential Chapter 12. Passion Liberator Nine: Coaching for Passionate Growth Chapter 13. Ask Yourself First: Creating Winning Relationships Chapter 14. Making it Happen Index.
Omar Khan attended University College Oxford and then went on to Stanford Law School. He was one of the early pioneers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Transformational Learning. He has lived in the US, Egypt, Germany, the UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Singapore. Omar is the founder and senior partner of Sensei International, a global leadership development firm which operates in the Americas, the UK, Singapore, Dubai, South Asia and shortly in Australia. Key clients have included 3M, American Express, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, HSBC, Singapore Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton, Raffles, BusinessWeek, Microsoft, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Young Presidents' Organization and the Catholic Church. Omar's previous books include Synergy and Timeless Leadership. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Peter Drucker's Leader to Leader, The Conference Board, Consulting News, Strategy and Leadership, Personal Excellence Magazine and many others. He lives with his wife Leslie in New York City. Paul B. Brown writes the What's Offline column that runs every Saturday in New York Times and the Tool Kit column and is co-author (with his wife Alison Davis) of Dream Home Diaries on the paper's website. A former writer and editor of BusinessWeek, Financial World, Forbes and Inc., Brown is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books, including the international best-seller Customers for Life (with Carl Sewell). A graduate of Rutgers College and the Rutgers University School of Law, Paul has homes on Cape Cod Bay and in suburban New York City.