Leadership, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mon-Wed, 11-12:20pm, 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)


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, Jan. 11, #1



Banning Laptops

Wed, Jan. 13, #2

Syllabus and other Q&A



Week 2:

Mon, Jan. 18, –

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

Wed, Jan. 20, #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)

Week 3:

Mon, Jan. 25, #4


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

Harvey – Cheating

West Point 2020

Wed, Jan. 27, #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, Feb 1, #6

Paper 1 – Presentation

Leadership Decision-Making

Dixon – 3 (large font)

(in UDC Library on Reserve)

Wed, Feb. 3, #7


Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-Making

Milgram – 3, 4

Machiavelli – 7, 8

Week 5:

Mon, Feb. 8, #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, Feb. 10, #9

Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership
Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole

Special Q&A on Leadership across Converging Crises

Deming – 3
Milgram – 7

Machiavelli – 12, 13

Week 6:

Mon, Feb 15, –

President's Day Observed (University Closed)

Wed, Feb. 17, #10


Term Project Topic Discussion


Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Week 7:

Mon, Feb. 22, #11


Team Forming, Topic Selection, & Project Work


Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Wed, Feb. 24, #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

Week 8:

Mon, Mar. 1, #13


Building a Social Business

Deming – 6
Milgram – 11

Machiavelli – 19

Wed, Mar. 3, #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, Mar 8, –

Spring Break – Have Fun!! J

Wed, Mar 10, –

Week 10:

Mon, Mar. 15, #15


Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21

Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Mar. 17, #16


Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Kraines – 1
Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 11:

Wed, Mar. 22, #17

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Wed, Mar. 24, #18


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 14
Machiavelli – 25

4-star General


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

Week 12:

Mon, Mar. 29, #19


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 15

Machiavelli – 26

Wed, Mar. 31, #20


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 13:

Mon, April 5, #21

Exams 2 & 3

General Review


Wed, April 7, #22

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Week 14:

Mon, April 12, #23


Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Wed, April 14, #24




Week 15:

Mon, April 19, #25




Wed, April 21, #26

Paper 3, graduating seniors Exams 2 & 3 (additional), graduating seniors



Week 16:

Tue, April 27, –

Grades for Graduating Seniors To Be Posted

Wed, April 28, #27

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)


Thu, May 6, –

All Remaining 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.