Leadership, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mon-Wed, 12:30-1:50pm, online

Live Online Access:     https://zoom.us/j/6560275446?pwd=Q3Y1Vk5jZ2lXY1I4QkNxem9Bb1dCQT09

              Zoom Meeting ID:            656 027 5446                      Passcode: udc

Student Support:       Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support

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

Course Readings:


Management Productivity Multipliers: Tools for Accountability, Leadership, and Productivity, ISBN: 1632651831, Gerald Kraines
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)
Leadership, ISBN: 0078112656, Richard Hughes, Robert Ginnett, Gordon Curphy (in UDC Library on Reserve)


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. 23, #1



Banning Laptops

Wed, Aug. 25, #2

Syllabus and other Q&A



Week 2:

Mon, Aug. 30, #3

Assignment 0-A: books

Assignment 0-B: voting

“How Are We Doing?”
class discussion of leadership principles and values
Definition of Leadership
Leadership Roles

Discussion of Good & Bad Leaders

Leadership Values & Crises (read any recent article and discuss in class)

Wed, Sep. 1, #4


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

Harvey – Cheating

West Point 2020

Week 3:

Mon, Sep. 6, –

Labor Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Sep. 8, #5

Movie: Race for Berlin[4]

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations, case study

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

HBR Article


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

Week 4:

Mon, Sep. 13, #6

Paper 1 – Presentation

Leadership Decision-Making

Dixon – 3 (large font)

(in UDC Library on Reserve)

Wed, Sep. 15, #7


Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-Making

Milgram – 3, 4

Machiavelli – 7, 8

Week 5:

Mon, Sep. 20, #8

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, Sep. 22, #9

Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership
Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole
Leadership, Cowardice, Pandemic, Crises: What Is the Future Going to Look Like for Current Generation?


Milgram – 9, 10


Week 6:



Term Project Topic Discussion


Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15



Team Forming, Topic Selection, & Project Work

Deming – 4
Machiavelli – 14, 15


Week 7:

Mon, Oct. 4, #12

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

Wed, Oct. 6, #13


Building a Social Business

Deming – 6
Milgram – 11

Machiavelli – 19

Week 8:

Mon, Oct. 11, –

Columbus Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Oct. 13, #14

Paper 2 – Presentation

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 9:

Mon, Oct. 18, #15


Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21

Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Oct. 20, #16


Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Kraines – 1
Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 10:

Mon, Oct. 25, #17

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Wed, Oct. 27, #18


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 14
Machiavelli – 25

4-star General


Video Lecture 3: Leadership in Times of Crises (additional make-up class)

Week 11:

Mon, Nov. 1, #19


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 15

Machiavelli – 26

Wed, Nov. 3, #20


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 12:

Mon, Nov. 8, #21


Additional Topics

Don’t make money

Wed, Nov. 10, #22


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 13:

Mon, Nov. 15, #23

Exams 2 & 3

General Review


Wed, Nov. 17, #24

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Week 14:

Mon, Nov. 22, #25


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Presentations – Great Book


Wed, Nov. 24, #26



Week 15:

Mon, Nov. 29, #27


Presentations – Paper 3


Wed, Dec. 1, #28


Presentations – Paper 3


Week 16:

Wed, Dec. 8, #29

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)


Fri, Dec. 17, –

All Grades To Be Posted

[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.