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Stand Back and Deliver:
Accelerating Business Agility

Pollyanna Pixton, Niel Nickolaisen, Todd Little, and Kent McDonald

Addison-Wesley June 2009

Whether you’re leading an organization, a team, or a project, Stand Back and Deliver gives you the agile leadership tools you’ll need to achieve breakthrough levels of performance. This book brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help you focus all your efforts where they matter most: delivering business value and building competitive advantage.

You’ll first discover how to use the authors’ Purpose Alignment Model to make better up-front decisions about where to invest limited resources–and how to filter out activities that don’t drive market leadership. Next, you’ll learn how to collaborate in new ways that unleash your organization’s full talents for innovation. The authors offer the Context Leadership Model for understanding the unique challenges of any project, and they help you tailor your leadership approach to address them. You’ll find a full chapter on organizing information to promote more effective, value-driven decision-making. Finally, drawing on decades of experience working with great leaders, the authors focus on a critical issue you’ll face over and over again: knowing when to step up and lead, and when to stand back and let your team produce results.

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"Pollyanna has been thinking about organizations and how they work for years. She's President of Evolutionary Systems, a well-known consulting organization, and is co-founder of the Institute of Collaborative Leadership. If she offered me her opinion, I would consider it unwise not to listen carefully to what she says."

- Ron Jeffries, Author and XP Thought Leader

          Publications and Articles by Pollyanna Pixton
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  • "Leading Successful Projects in Changing Environments" Cutter Update, June 2007.

  • "Leading Up: Guiding Your Leaders to Effectively Support Your Team's Efforts" With Jenni Dow, Cutter Update, June 2007.

  • "Unleashing Innovation: The Power of Collaborative Leadership" With Kent McDonald, Cutter Update, May, 2007.

  • "Collaboration: tools and Practices for Enterprise-Wide Knowledge Exchange and Innovation", Cutter Business Tedchnology Council Report, March 2007.

  • "Creating an Agile Environment" With Kent McDonald, Cutter Update, March, 2007.

  • "Collaboration and Collaborative Leadership: Innovation for the Agile Enterprise"
    Cutter Consortium Executive Report, Vol. 7, No. 5, May, 2006.

  • "Team Collaboration for Senior Leadership"
    With Diana Larsen, Cutter Update, March, 2006.

  • "Vision to Action: The Power of Collaborative Leadership"
    Proceedings of the 7th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), Emergent Models of Global Leadership, November 2-6, 2005, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. College Park, MD.

  • "Collaborative Leadership: An Overview"
    Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition Monthly Publication, October 2005.

  • "Fear, Trust, and the Bottom Line"
    Published in the Society of Human Resource Managers Monthly Publication, May 2005.

  • "Building Productive and Satisfying Organizational Cultures"
    With George Cheney, Communication Professor, University of Utah. Published in The Enterprise, April 2004.

  • "How To Maintain Your Integrity at Work"
    Five steps each individual can take to maintain their integrity in any organization.

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