New Herds—Blending into Diverse Communities

Listed below from our book’s final chapter are selected books and articles that support the metaphor of the giraffe and the herbivore’s unique ability to work productively with other animals from diverse herds. New Herds is the 21st-century leadership style. Top-down leadership in business, government, and non-profits is diminishing due to hyper-connectivity with others around the planet in the age of artificial intelligence and swift-arriving technology.  Today the customer …

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GOT Results by Dr. Hubert Glover and Contributor, Jim Niemes, published in B2B

What if an organization GOT Results by operationalizing the concepts presented in the book entitled, Giraffes of Technology: The Making of the 21st Century Leader, to distance itself from the competition and/or to stand out among its peers in the public sector? Global economies are daunting as they challenge the underpinnings of every industry segment. …

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Moving Forward—Creating Space for Imagination

Listed below from Chapter Four are selected books and articles about the giraffe and its daily ease to move forward to feed. The herbivore’s behavior mirrors how companies today need to provide employees with more freedom or “space” to encourage an individual’s creativity  that will produce better ideas and move an organization forward through ongoing learning: For more information on the Luddites’ fear of losing jobs and their rejection of …

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The Impact of Templosion in the 21st Century of Rapid Change

Edie Weiner (President of Weiner, Edrich, and Brown Inc.) defines templosion and examines its impact on business through “time.” How do you think templosion is impacting your business? Early on Edie introduces her panelists (move past this and start her speech at 2:08). How does leadership in each field deal with quick change when the leader will need long-term vision to be highly …

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George Saunders (a speech by winner of the PEN/Malamud short-story prize)

Here’s a link to a wonderful convocation speech by writer George Saunders (winner of the PEN/Malamud short-story prize) at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. His speech highlights themes about our book’s call for the Gentle Giant–a kinder leadership style that’s needed in the age of technology and rapid change. * * * Excerpt:  When young, we’re anxious – understandably …

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A Violent Birth: The Cycle of Falls and Rises

Listed below from Chapter Three are selected books and articles about the giraffe and its ability to deal with falls (problems) and to rise (ongoing learning), a leadership style that continues to adapt to change in the age of technology: Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes by journalist Lynn Sherr (Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997). Technology helped …

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Gentle Giants: A New Communication Style

Listed below from Chapter Two are selected books and articles that we enjoyed reading as we learned more about “the herbivore” and its communication through diverse groups, a unique style which one day may mirror twenty-first-century leadership: “The Incredible Giraffe,” in Strangest Creatures on Earth by Ken Stott, Jr. Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes by journalist Lynn …

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What’s coming next from the young 5,000-day-old Web?

When episodes of the “The Jetsons” aired in 1962, I would watch a silly cartoon that predicted a future of flying cars, moving sidewalks, robotic maids, speaking watches, video phones, and a morning alarm that folded up a bed like a toaster before popping Mr. Jetson out perfectly dressed for work. These sci-fi imagined gadgets, operating throughout …

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President Abraham Lincoln and the 19th-Century Telegraph

President Abraham Lincoln’s embrace of new technology—the telegraph—offered swift communication with soldiers in the battlefield during the Civil War. His use of the 19th-century telegraph offers a comparison to the 21st-century Web, the single machine through which we all connect daily. The Web requires leaders to adapt to major shifts such as the growing cloud, mobile …

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