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Understanding Organizational Sustainability through African Proverbs

By Chiku Malunga
ISBN: 9781853396526
Rooted in proven practice, the book specifically addresses the needs of leaders and consultants in African organizations seeking to implement performance improvement and organizational change, and contains proverb-driven assessment templates for use in workshop situations.
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  • Synopsis
    African cultural heritage, passed on from generation to generation has been the source of guidance for African communities in times of peace, uncertainty, birth, life and death. In this book the power of traditional wisdom contained in African proverbs is directed at organizational development and change. The result is a fresh new perspective on organizational management with important lessons for leaders, consultants, volunteers and expatriates working or preparing to work in Africa. Rooted in proven practice, the book specifically addresses the needs of leaders and consultants in African organizations seeking to implement performance improvement and organizational change, and contains proverb-driven assessment templates for use in workshop situations.
  • Table of Contents
    Foreword
    Preface
    1 INTRODUCTION: African Proverbs as Tools for Organizational Improvement
    Proverbs and Their Use
    Proverbs for Communicating Organizational Issues
    The Audience for This Book
    CHAPTER 1: Understanding Organizational Growth
    Phases of Organizational Growth.
    Ubuntu: The Spirit of a Sustainable Organization
    Growth Phases Viewed Globally
    CHAPTER 2: Strengthening Organizational Sustainability Conventional Understanding of Organizational Sustainability
    Organizational Development Understanding of Sustainability
    Complementarity of the Two Approaches
    CHAPTER 3: Organizational Culture as the Foundation for Sustainability
    What is Organizational Culture?
    Organizational Identity
    Types of Culture
    Creating an Empowering Organizational Culture
    CHAPTER 4: Improving Leaders' Effectiveness
    Leadership and Leadership Styles
    Developing Leadership Effectiveness
    Leadership Succession
    CHAPTER 5: Improving Consultants' Effectiveness
    Role of the Consultant
    Lessons for Consultants
    CHAPTER 6: Organizational Assessment Using Proverbs
    What is an Organizational Assessment?
    The Purpose of an Organizational Assessmen
    The Benefits of a Self-Assessment
    The Organizational Self-Assessment Process
    Factors Hindering Effective Use of Organizational Assessments . APPENDIX: Sample Diagnostic Instruments
    Proverbs Self-Assessment Tool for Organizations
    Self-Reflection Tool for Leaders
    Self-Reflection Tool for Consultants
    References
  • Endorsements
    Good books about organizations - how to understand and help change them - need at least two elements. One is rootedness in proven practice. The other is a reflection on practice that moves beyond time and place to unearth and explore deeper principles that merit and provoke reflection by others. With this in mind, in reading this book I was struck by the powerful way in which African proverbs not only unite these essential elements but, because they express an accumulated wisdom of human relations, add dimensions to practice in ways that are soulful, respectful, practical and socially embedded. Chiku Malungu's insightful and creative way of combining the profound with practical stands out as a distinctive quality of his own reflection that has caused me to rethink what I thought I knew. I hope and believe that it will have a similar affect on all its readers. Alan Fowler Herbertsdale, South Africa
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    Author Chiku Malunga
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    Number of Pages 96
    Format Paperback / softback
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