Author Bill Welter, managing director of Adaptive Strategies, Inc., has had a career that has spanned many industries and professions — the military, engineering, consulting, and teaching. Throughout his career, one particular statement by Louis Pasteur — “Chance favors the prepared mind” — continued to remind Welter of some basic qualities and skills that distinguish outstanding business leaders. This statement serves as the platform for Welter’s new book, The Prepared Mind of a Leader: Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions, and Solve Problems (published by Jossey-Bass).
The book presents an original and proven method that will engender new approaches to business innovation, strategy, change, and problem solving. Drawing upon his more than 35 years of experience working with high level managers and directors at major companies and professional service firms, Welter’s book includes tested exercises in each of this eight skill areas, case examples, sidebar anecdotes, and mini-tests that challenge the reader to practice and fine-tune their leadership skills and approaches.
Mr. Welter received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.B.A. degree from DePaul University. He is a Fellow in Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Mr. Welter has worked for such companies as Stewart Warner, UARCO, Ernst & Whinney, Austin Consulting, Ernst & Young, DePaul University, Strategic Management Group, and Adaptive Strategies, Inc. as an engineer, consultant, and professional education trainer. He also served as an adjunct lecturer at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University, for five years.
His consulting experience has ranged from leading the design of a manufacturing operation for a major aerospace company to facilitating a global manufacturing strategy for a large pharmaceutical company to counseling decision makers in long-term strategic planning. Mr. Welter also is a frequent speaker on leadership and management topics at workshops, organization summits, and retreats for businesses in domestic and global locations.
Author Jean Egmon is the director of Northwestern University's Complexity in Action Network, a faculty member in the Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences department, within the Kellogg School of Management, and the president of Third Angle, Inc. Jean's teaching and consulting focuses on the design and leadership of environments for innovation, with a focus on strategic integration of knowledge and ideas across a company's value network.
Jean's research includes the use of adaptive leadership and cognitive strategies in turnaround companies and more recently the use of those strategies for innovation. She uses an interdisciplinary approach in understanding strategies of knowledge brokering, leadership, motivation, macro-cognition and complexity.
Through Third Angle, Inc., Jean and her colleagues work with technical and business leaders to help them, and their organizations, reframe their relationships, work practices and strategies in order to encourage innovation, increase engagement of stakeholders and integrate initiatives across the value network. Some of Third Angle's past clients include: Accenture, American College of Chest Physicians, Bank of America, Boeing, Equity Office Properties, General Electric and United Airlines.Jean's Ed.D is from the University of Illinois department of Education, Organization and Leadership. She received her M.A. from the University of Illinois in Labor & Industrial Relations. Jean's B.A. is from Monmouth College, where she had dual majors in business administration and English literature.
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The prepared mind of the leader: Eight skills leaders use to innovate, make decisions, and solve problems.
Observe. Reason. Imagine. Challenge. Decide. Learn. Enable. Reflect.
Bill Welter, Adaptive Strategies Inc., mindprep.com
Jean Egmon, Third Angle, Inc., third-angle.com