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Radical Inclusion

What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership
Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Named by The Washington Post as one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders.

Dempsey and Brafman persuasively explain that today’s leaders are in competition for the trust and confidence of those they lead more than ever before. They assert that the nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone. They offer principles for adaptation and bring them to life with examples from business, academia, government, and the military.

In building their argument, Dempsey and Brafman introduce several concepts that illuminate both the vulnerability and the opportunity in leading today:

  • Radical Inclusion. Fear of losing control in our fast-paced, complex, highly scrutinized environment is pushing us toward exclusion - exactly the wrong direction. Leaders should instead develop an instinct for inclusion. The word “radical” emphasizes the urgency of doing so.
  • The Era of the Digital Echo. The speed and accessibility of information create “digital echoes” that make facts vulnerable, eroding the trust between leader and follower.
  • Relinquishing Control to Preserve Power. Power and control once went hand in hand, but no longer. In today’s environment, control is seductive but unlikely to produce optimum, affordable, sustainable solutions. Leaders must relinquish and share control to build and preserve power.

The principles discussed in Radical Inclusion are memorable and the book is full of engaging stories.

©2018 Martin Dempsey, Ori Brafman (P)2018 Missionday

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  • lmk
  • 02-03-19

Good but repetitive

Excellent and important leadership lessons. I will certainly take them to heart. But the authors sometimes over explained, which is more frustrating in an audio book because you can't skim. There narrator was good, but there were some very obvious overdubs that could have been handled better. I recommend this book to anyone who is or will be in a leadership position. If I'd read this before becoming a squad leader I could have developed my team with more trial and less error.

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  • Timothy W Quinn
  • 13-05-20

Great book

As humans we gravitate to the familiar, cling to the comforts of the past or present and are unprepared for a rapidly changing world. This book gives leaders present and future ideas to help navigate through the fog.

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  • Galvatron
  • 23-04-20

A Primer for Leadership in the Digital Age

As an practitioner-scholar (at least until I retire) of leader development, I read this on the recommendation of trusted colleagues and classmates. I was not disappointed; although there were a few dry moments, Brafman and Dempsey's guidance on leading and living in the age of the "digital echo" was valuable. In an era where organizations strive to be first in reporting information, leaders must leverage interpersonal tact, trust and vision differently for their teams to succeed. I particularly enjoyed each author's vignettes that emphasized the need for leaders to have vision, build trust, and lean heavily on having a "bias for action." A good add for anyone's leadership library of books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-20

Good content, delivery not optimal

narrator was ok. Reading every footnote was a real distraction. Difficult to maintain concentration.

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  • Gerald Collier
  • 12-03-20

New theory for leadership

A new and fresh look at leadership. A lot of leadership books are just the same old information sat in a different way. Radical Inclusion was something different

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  • Anne
  • 12-09-19

Important Topic

Found this book to present some interesting ideas about leadership. The concept of inclusion in the current time of divisiveness is especially thought provoking. Only negative is some mispronunciations by the narrator which were mildly distracting.

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  • Raman
  • 02-07-19

good book

little boring at the end but really good book to read about inclusion. general story is just amazing. digital echo concept very well explained.

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  • Jordan Morris
  • 02-09-18

Great team.

Authors make a distinctly great team that maximizes use of vignettes. Concepts are truest important.

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  • M. Marlene Godoy, D.D.S.
  • 01-09-18

Must read!

Great leadership read. Interesting bio on authors. Opposites do attract and can produce an informative read!

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  • Gretchen
  • 20-08-18

self congratulatory

self congratulatory stories that don't add up to anything interesting or applicable. attention grabbing title with no substance.