Leadership, Welcome to Abilene!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mon-Wed, 11-12:20 PM, 38-213

Live Online Access:     https://join.freeconferencecall.com/sivanov (emergencies only), instructions for the video-conference - click here

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

Course Readings:

Required:

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

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

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

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

 

Optional:

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon, 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
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
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

Readings[3]

Week 1:

Wed, Jan 9, #1

 

Introduction

 

Week 2:

Mon, Jan 14, #2

Assignment 0-A: books

Introduction

Banning Laptops

Wed, Jan 16, #3

Syllabus Q&A

Language, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources

 Constructing Collaboration

Week 3:

Mon, Jan 21, –

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Jan 23, #4

 

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

Harvey – Cheating
Harvey – Feedback

Week 4:

Mon, Jan 28, #5

Assignment 0-B: voting

“How Are We Doing?”
class discussion of organizations and organizational experience

Deming – 1
Milgram – 1, 2
Machiavelli – 1-5

Wed, Jan 30, #6

Movie: Race for Berlin[4]
 

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations, case study

Machiavelli – 6
Productive Narcissist
HBR Article

 

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

Week 5:

Mon, Feb 4, #7

Paper 1

Leadership Decision-Making

Dixon – 3 (large font)
Deming – 2

Wed, Feb 6, #8

 

Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-Making

Milgram – 3, 4
Machiavelli – 7, 8

Week 6:

Mon, Feb 11, #9

 

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

Deming – 3
Milgram – 5, 6
Machiavelli – 9, 10, 11

Wed, Feb 13, #10

Movie: Challenger (case study)

Leadership Case Study

Milgram – 7
Machiavelli – 12, 13

Week 7:

Mon, Feb 18, –

President's Day Observed (University Closed)

Wed, Feb 20, #11

 

Term Project Topic Discussion

Deming – 4
Machiavelli – 14, 15

Week 8:

Mon, Feb 25, #12

Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

Team Forming, Topic Selection, & Project Work

Deming – 5
Milgram – 8, 9
Machiavelli – 16, 17

Wed, Feb 27, #13

Paper 2

Building a Social Business
Structure of the Organization
 

Milgram – 10
Machiavelli – 18
EJ Levels with You

Week 9:

Mon, Mar 4, #14

 

Building a Social Business

Deming – 6
Milgram – 11
Machiavelli – 19

Wed, Mar 6, #15

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, Mar 11, –

Spring Break – Have Fun!! J

Wed, Mar 13, –

Week 11:

Mon, Mar 18, #16

 

Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21
Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Mar 20, #17

 

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 13
Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 12:

Mon, Mar 25, #18

 

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 14

Wed, Mar 27, #19

 

Obedience to Authority

Machiavelli – 25
4-star General, 5-star Grace

Week 13:

Mon, Apr 1, #20

 

Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 15
Machiavelli – 26

Wed, Apr 3, #21

 

Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Week 14:

Mon, April 8, #22

Exams 2 & 3

General Review

 

Wed, Apr 10, #23

Exam 1

Exam 1
(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)


Week 15:

Mon, Apr 15, #24

 

Presentations – great book extra credit

 

Wed, Apr 17, #25

Paper 3, graduating seniors

Presentations – paper 3 (term project)

 

Week 16:

Mon, Apr 22, #26

 

Presentations – paper 3 (term project),

 

Wed, Apr 24, #27

Exams 2 & 3 (additional), graduating seniors

Presentations – paper 3 (term project),
Class Party


Week 17:

Wed, May 1, #28

Paper 3

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)

 



[1] Dates and topics on the syllabus may change slightly to accommodate the class’ needs.

[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.