Dear MSR Members and Friends,
Stanford University Press Title: Quantum Leadership: New Consciousness in Business
Authors: Frederick Chavalit Tsao and Chris Laszlo Publication date: July 30, 2019
In this new book, Frederick Chavalit Tsao and Chris Laszlo argue that current approaches to leadership fail to produce positive outcomes for either business or society. Employee disengagement and customer fickleness remain high, resulting in a lack of creativity and collaboration at all levels of entrepreneurial activity, while investor demands for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) are still poorly integrated into the executive mindset. Only through greater awareness of our connectedness―to purpose, community, and nature―can we develop profit strategies for human flourishing.
Quantum Leadership is a learning journey to elevate a person’s consciousness with creativity and resilience. Drawing on extensive research, this book shows how changing a person’s consciousness is the most powerful lever for unlocking his or her leadership potential to create wealth and serve humankind. A wide range of mindfulness practices provide the keys. The journey to higher consciousness changes people at a deep intuitive level, combining embodied experience with analytic-cognitive skill development. Tsao and Laszlo show how leaders who pursue this journey are more likely to flourish with significant benefits to both business and society. Benefits include greater adaptability along with an increased capability to inspire people and to produce lasting change in turbulent environments. Readers will come away with a deep understanding of the leadership and day-to-day practices needed to achieve greater effectiveness and wellbeing at work.
Author Bios Frederick Chavalit Tsao is the Chairman of IMC Pan Asian Alliance Group and founder of Octave. He is a fourth-generation business owner, who joined his family business at age 20 and assumed chairmanship at age 37. Under his stewardship, IMC evolved from a traditional shipping business to one that has presence in more than 17 countries and businesses in integrated supply chains, lifestyle, investments and community development. Octave is a learning platform to help people find clarity, harmony, and a new level of consciousness and freedom. In 1995 he founded East West Cultural Development Centre, which gave birth to AITIA in 2016, dedicated to building 21st century organizations and leaders. Fred served on the board of Family Business Network International and founded its Asia Chapter. He recognizes the importance of family businesses to the global economy and the pressing need to evolve the role of business in society.
Chris Laszlo, PhD is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, where he researches and teaches flourishing enterprise. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Drucker School of Management of Claremont Graduate University and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Benedictine University. He is author of Flourishing Enterprise (2014), Embedded Sustainability (2011), and Sustainable Value (2008), all from Stanford University Press. Chris is also the managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, a sustainability strategy consulting firm he co-founded in 2002. In 2012, he was selected a “Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across AmericaTM. He was later elected Fellow of the International Academy of Management and, in 2018, incoming Chairperson of the Academy of Management MSR Interest Group.
"Change efforts usually start with an effort to identify what's going wrong and fix it. But sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to ask what's going right and expand it. That's what appreciative inquiry is about, and this guide shows you how to do it." ~Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS, GIVE AND TAKE, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
"McQuaid and Cooperrider summarise some of the most current and well-supported practices in helping people flourish. They outline the core AI processes that can spur organizational change and personal growth." - Richard Ryan, among the most cited and influential researchers in psychology and social sciences today and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory."This book is a substantive guide to inspire, enrich and enable change makers to design and execute an Appreciative Inquiry Summit. By using research, explanations, examples, and tips the book provides an indispensable directory for how to conduct an AI Summit." - Jane Dutton, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations and a major contributor to the science of Positive Organizational Scholarship.
"This excellent book on the use of the appreciative inquiry summit is the first to fully integrate complexity theory with social constructionism to produce a theory of action that is both well grounded in research and very practical. It will help leaders and organization development practitioners be more successful at creating great organizations." - Gervase Bushe, author of over 80 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork.
"Written with the page turning qualities of a good novel, McQuaid's stellar research expands our understanding of what it takes to deliver system-changing Appreciative Inquiry Summits. If you seek to create a better world, McQuaid and Cooperrider offer a path shaped by 30 years of Appreciative Inquiry practice and theories of human flourishing, positive psychology, complex adaptive systems, and more." - Peggy Holman, author, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity and co-author, The Change Handbook.
About the Authors
Michelle McQuaid is a workplace wellbeing teacher at University of Melbourne, and playful change activator who is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.Dr. David Cooperrider is the co-originator and pioneering thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry. His ground-breaking work has led countless businesses, organizations and even religious leaders to understand how to consider a whole system and all its parts in order to develop strengths-based, solution-focused management philosophies that work.