Structured for Success: What Leaders Need to Know to Build and Sustain Effective Organizations

J. Chris White

March 2, 2018 by CRC Press
Reference - 190 Pages
ISBN 9781498764407 - CAT# K29019

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  • Explains the difference between internal and external controls/structures, how to understand them and avoid contradictory messages within the organizational environment.
  • Shows how to construct an environment where there is no guess work as to best practices or sacrificing one goal to achieve another.
  • Describes how leadership and management differ.
  • Discusses positive reinforcement and negative feedback.
  • Accompanying website offers simulations of complex set and causal loops to help predict behaviors and outcomes.


Leadership is not just about reading data points and asserting corresponding action points; it is about designing an organizational structure and culture that directly generates desired performance results. Part of that involves understanding internal controls (such as motivation) versus external controls (such as policies and budgets) and making sure they cohere and never clash. From the perspective of sets and causal chains, the author presents a new way for leaders to view organizational structure holistically. A website accompanies the book with models and simulations that help map out these complex sets and predict/analyze results.


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