Leadership, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

Resources:                   Syllabus, Jerry Harvey's Definition of Cheating, Class Lecture - Whiteboard Notes

Class Meeting Times: Mon-Wed, 12:30-1:50 PM, 38-104 (209)

Live Online Access:     https://join.freeconferencecall.com/sivanov (emergencies only),  instructions

Student Support:       Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support (38-114)

Office Hours:              Before/after class, and by appointment (online, day, evenings, and weekends)

Course Readings:


The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053, W. Edwards Deming

These books are also given to students free of charge as a collection of articles:

Obedience to Authority, ISBN: 006131983X, Stanley Milgram (free on Google), free downloadable PDF (in UDC Library on Reserve)

The Prince (click for free download), Niccolo Machiavelli (free on Google Books)


On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon (in UDC Library on Reserve), free access online, Chapter – 3 (large font)
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to TodayISBN: 1594204047, Thomas E. Ricks
A General Theory of Bureaucracy, ISBN: 0435824783, Elliott Jaques
Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. Edwards Deming (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Broken Heart: The Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 0465007694, James J. Lynch
A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Principles of Scientific Management, ISBN: 0393003981, Frederick Taylor
Organization, ISBN: 0140217606, Wilfred Brown
Swatting Flies and Telling Lies: Stories of a Mad Organizational Consultant, Jerry B. Harvey
Executive Leadership: A Practical Guide to Managing Complexity, ISBN: 0962107018, Elliott Jaques, Stephen D. Clement
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, ISBN: 0140187650, Hannah Arendt
Escape from Freedom, ISBN: 0805031499, Erich Fromm
Our Own Worst Enemy, ISBN: 0708840388, Norman F. Dixon
How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? And Other Meditations on Management, ISBN: 0787947873, Jerry Harvey
The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace, ISBN: 0684848589, M. Scott Peck
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, ISBN: 0684848597, M. Scott Peck
Requisite Organization, ISBN: 1886436045, Elliott Jaques
Social Power and the CEO, ISBN: 1567205518, Elliott Jaques
Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails, ISBN: 1422104141, Michael Maccoby
The Leaders We Need, ISBN: 1422101665, Michael Maccoby
Accountability Leadership: How to Strengthen Productivity Through Sound Managerial Leadership, ISBN: 1564145514, Gerald A. Kraines
The Art of War, ISBN: 0195014766, Sun Tzu (author), Samuel Griffith (translator)
The Age of Fallibility, ISBN: 1586483595, George Soros
The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, ISBN: 0674940520, Alfred D. Chandler Jr.
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory--A Clear Explanation that Anyone Can Understand, ISBN: 0517029618, Albert Einstein
Man's Search for Meaning, ISBN: 0807014273, Viktor E. Frankl
Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality, ISBN: 0415092353, Richard G. Wilkinson
Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs, ISBN: 1586488244, Muhammad Yunus
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, ISBN: 0307473333, Michio Kaku
The Prophet, ISBN: 0394404289, Kahlil Gibran

Date[1], Session[2]

Project Due

Additional Theme


Week 1:

Mon, Aug 26, #1




Wed, Aug 28, #2



Banning Laptops

Week 2:

Mon, Sep 2, –

Labor Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Sep 4, #3

Syllabus Q&A

Language, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources

 Constructing Collaboration

Week 3:

Mon, Sep 9, #4

Assignment 0-A: books

“How Are We Doing?”

class discussion of leadership principles and values

Leadership Values at:
-          Google
-          Yahoo
-          Microsoft
-          Amazon
-          Apple
-          Army
-          IBM
-          AA
-          Uber
-          University

Wed, Sep 11, #5

Assignment 0-B: voting

Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation

Harvey – Cheating


Week 4:

Mon, Sep 16, #6


Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations, case study

Deming – 1
Milgram – 1, 2
Machiavelli – 1-6
Productive Narcissist

Harvey – Feedback

Wed, Sep 18, #7

Movie: Race for Berlin[4]


HBR Article


Video Lecture 1: Feararchy and Organizations (additional make-up class)

Week 5:

Mon, Sep 23, #8

Paper 1

Leadership Decision-Making

Dixon – 3 (large font)

(in UDC Library on Reserve)

Wed, Sep 25, #9


Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-Making

Milgram – 3, 4

Machiavelli – 7, 8

Week 6:

Mon, Sep 30, #10

Movie: Challenger (case study)

Leadership Case Study
Systems Analysis, Binds of the Organization, Defects, Accountability, case study of defects


Deming – 2
Milgram – 5, 6

Machiavelli – 9, 10, 11

Wed, Oct 2, #11

Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership
Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole
The Changing Eras of Civilizations: My Experiences of 50 Years of the Past and 50 Years into the Future
Deming – 3
Milgram – 7

Machiavelli – 12, 13

Week 7:

Mon, Oct 7, #12

Paper 2

Term Project Topic Discussion


Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Wed, Oct 9, #13


Team Forming, Topic Selection, & Project Work

Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Week 8:

Mon, Oct 14, –

Columbus Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Oct 16, #14

Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

Building a Social Business
Structure of the Organization


Deming – 5
Milgram – 8, 9, 10
Machiavelli – 16-18

EJ Levels with You

Week 9:

Mon, Oct 21, #15


Building a Social Business

Deming – 6
Milgram – 11

Machiavelli – 19

Wed, Oct 23, #16

Movie: Food Inc. and Tyson Foods (case study)

Case Study, Ethical and Social Responsibility
Discussion/Case of a Black Swan Presented
Building a Social Business

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Milgram – 12
Machiavelli – 20

Long View of Lead


Video Lecture 2: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class)

Week 10:

Mon, Oct 28, #17


Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21

Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Oct 30, #18


Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 11:

Mon, Nov 4, #19


Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21

Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Nov 6, #20


Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 12:

Mon, Nov 11, –

Veteran’s Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Nov 13, #21


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 14
Machiavelli – 25

4-star General

Week 13:

Mon, Nov 18, #22

Exams 2 & 3

General Review

Milgram – 15

Machiavelli – 26

Wed, Nov 20, #23

Exam 1

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Week 14:

Mon, Nov 25, #24


Presentations – great book extra credit


Wed, Nov 27, #25


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 15:

Mon, Dec 2, #26


Presentations – paper 3 (term project)


Wed, Dec 4, #27

Class Party

Presentations – paper 3 (term project)

Week 16:

Mon, Dec 9, #28


Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Wed, Dec 11, #29


Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Week 17:

Mon, Dec 16, #30

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)


[1] Dates and topics on the syllabus may change slightly to accommodate the class’ needs.
[2] UDC Academic Calendar: www.udc.edu/registrar/academic-calendars
[3] All assigned reading is due before class; for a complete required reading list, please visit the class’ website at www.SergeyIvanov.org (all articles are posted as PDF files on the class web site – italicized above).
[4] All movies used in class are mini-movies on a specific topic to encourage and enhance the class conversation.

Other Notes (Syllabus, page 3):

Instruction Method:       Conversations[1] and Discussions, Group Exercises, Papers, and Projects

Attendance:                       is mandatory. University defines attendance as follows: www.sbpa.info/advising-registration/procedures-policies/university-policies

Definition of attendance-good class participation, and missed/unprepared class:

Good class participation (attendance) is defined as being visibly present during entire duration of the class, actively taking notes, and contributing (see technology expectations below). Coming to class not having read the required reading assignments, using a cellphone, or other electronic devices during class, as well as eating, talking, sleeping, leaving-returning, and other non-participative behaviors, is considered as one missed class, not earning the attendance-participation credit. Two 15-30 min late count as one missed class. Thirty or more minutes late count as one missed class.

Technology Expectations

Please turn off all electronic devices and put them away. The students must obtain a notebook for this class, and take notes by hand using a pen. The following commentary explains some of my reasoning to using this approach (click here to access the opinion).

Assignments:                    Papers 1, 2, and 3

Grading:                              2017-2019 Course Catalog, The Undergraduate Grading System (p. 51)

Grading Method:


Points Earned

Max Points





Paper 1




100 – 90


Paper 2



80 – 89


Paper 3, term project



70 – 79


Paper 3 Presentation



60 – 69


Exam 1, in-class



59 and below


Exam 2, take-home



Great Book/Other Extra Credit





Students who miss or are unprepared for ten or more classes have to take exam 3 worth 25% of the final grade.
Therefore, -25 points, compensated with exam 3 worth 25+ points.

Optional Extra Credits: 
Great Book Credit:          Find a great book related to this class. Email the instructor the Amazon web link for approval. Having read this book, prepare a brief 5-min presentation to share the ideas you have learned with your classmates.  A maximum of 5 extra credit points will be awarded based on the quality and substance of the presentation.
Discussion Credit:            This credit is granted for good class participation. Students who miss five or less classes during the semester earn 15 credit points. If earned, the students may substitute this credit for exam 2, and only exam 2.

[1] The word conversation has a root in the word life, from Old French, conversation, or Latin, conversationem (nom. conversatio) "act of living with" ((2008). Conversation Definition. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conversation: Dictionary.com).