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Future-Focused Leadership

Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for Tomorrow's Realities

Future-Focused Leadership
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Can your organization keep up with today’s rapid pace of change? Or is it falling behind, overrun by forces that seem almost uncontrollable? In Future-Focused Leadership: Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for Tomorrow’s Realities, Gary Marx suggests that staying abreast of current worldwide trends and being aware of those just around the corner is the essence of successful leadership. In this insightful and informative guide, Marx presents principles, tools, and techniques to help leaders steer their organizations confidently into the future and prepare the next generation of leaders for life in the 21st century. Readers will learn to
* Scan the environment to identify and analyze significant trends and issues;
* Manage issues to set priorities and minimize negative fallout;
* Identify the characteristics of an ideal organization and construct scenarios that depict possible futures;
* Engage the larger community in building a future-focused organization; and
* Develop a strategic communication plan that supports the organization’s goals and contributes to its ultimate success.

Future-Focused Leadership is written not only for education leaders, but also for anyone interested in successful, forward-looking leadership. Combining stimulating ideas and practical suggestions, the book will ensure that your organization or community is fully prepared today to confront the challenges of tomorrow.

ASCD; January 2006
219 pages; ISBN 9781416603504
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