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Foreword xv Introduction xvii Our Promise xix Why Are We Confident? The Backstory of Our Work xx Our Current Work xxiii Your Guides for This Book xxv Why This Book? xxvii Our Credo xxix Postscript xxix Note xxx Chapter 1 You Are Here 1 The Challenges We Face 3 What, Exactly, Has Changed? 7 The S-Curve 15 The Changes We Need to Make 17 Notes 25 Chapter 2 Create and Maintain a Safe Space for Deep, Focused Conversation (Skill 1) 27 Deep Conversations 29 Focused Conversations 30 Deep, Focused Group Conversations 31 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Conversation Guide 35 Case Study: Setting the Stage for Deep Conversations in Flint 36 Note 37 Chapter 3 Frame the Conversation with the Right Question (Skill 2) 39 Adaptive Leadership: One Question, Many Answers 42 Appreciative Questions 44 Developing Questions to Frame Conversations 46 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Questioner 48 Case Study: Reframing the Question at a Community Institution in Rockford 49 Note 51 Chapter 4 Identify Your Assets, Including the Hidden Ones (Skill 3) 53 Assets 56 Guidelines for Identifying Assets 58 Hidden Assets 59 Assets Are Starting Points 59 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Inventory Taker 60 Case Study: Reimagining an IT Department 61 Note 63 Chapter 5 Link and Leverage Assets to Identify New Opportunities (Skill 4) 65 Linking and Leveraging Assets to Innovate 67 Linking and Leveraging Assets Force Us to Think Horizontally 70 Developing Your Ability to Think Horizontally 71 Guiding a Group to Think Horizontally 73 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Connector 74 Case Study: Linking and Leveraging Assets to Build a Cutting-Edge Industry Cluster 75 Note 76 Chapter 6 Look for the "Big Easy" (Skill 5) 77 Decision-Making Methodologies 79 The 2x2 Matrix 81 Dealing with Doubts and Doubters 85 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Prioritizer 86 Case Study: Finding a Way to Jump-Start New Economic Activity 87 Chapter 7 Convert Your Ideas to Outcomes with Measurable Characteristics (Skill 6) 89 Great Ideas Lie Below the Surface 92 Three Questions to Ask 93 Measuring 96 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Dreamcatcher 98 Case Study: Using Metrics to Spur New Workforce Development Strategies in Kokomo 99 Chapter 8 Start Slowly to Go Fast - But Start (Skill 7) 103 Launching Your Learning 106 Qualities of a Good Starting Project 108 Keeping the Team on Track 109 What Next? 110 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Experimenter 111 Case Study: Overcoming the Academic Bureaucracy with Small Wins 112 Chapter 9 Draft Short-Term Action Plans That Include Everyone (Skill 8) 115 Shared Leadership 117 Action Plans for Shared Leadership 119 Micro-Commitments Build Trust 119 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Deal-Closer 121 Case Study: Taking Collective Action to Develop a Hub for Community Health 123 Chapter 10 Set 30/30 Meetings to Review, Learn, and Adjust (Skill 9) 125 Learning Loops 127 Building New Habits 128 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Convener 130 Case Study: Helping a Music Capital Pen Its Next Hits 131 Chapter 11 Nudge, Connect, and Promote to Reinforce New Habits (Skill 10) 133 Nudging 136 Connecting 138 Promoting 140 Putting the Skill to Work: The Agile Leader as Chief Doing Officer 141 Case Study: Turning Micro-Commitments into Larger Innovations 143 Chapter 12 Ten Skills. Got It. Now What? 147 Putting It All Together: Strategic Doing 153 Using Strategic Doing as an Individual 156 Using Strategic Doing in a Small Group 157 Using Strategic Doing with a Large Initiative 159 Final Thoughts 162 Learn More 163 Bibliography 179 Acknowledgments 185 About the Authors 187 Index 189

About the Author

EDWARD MORRISON is the original developer of Strategic Doing and founder of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. The Lab emphasizes the strategic value of collaboration, open innovation, and network-based models in today's global economy. SCOTT HUTCHESON is Associate Director of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. Scott has been engaged by nearly 400 industry, public sector, higher education, and nonprofit clients in thirty U.S. states and internationally. ELIZABETH NILSEN is Senior Program Director of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. With a background in nonprofit management and higher education, she guides the expansion of the Lab's programming and partnerships. JANYCE FADDEN is Director of Strategic Engagement for the College of Business at the University of North Alabama. She has held leadership positions at Honeywell, General Signal, and Danaher Corporation. NANCY FRANKLIN is Principal of Franklin Solutions, working with leaders to facilitate strategic initiatives. Nancy has led partnerships at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Indiana State, and IBM/ROLM.

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