||April 1, 2009
The author presents us with a book that accurately chronicles the change process from a macro-perspective involving political leadership. This book is a text on current history, change management practice and theory, leadership effectiveness, and a great read in national and global affairs that cuts across political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental terrains – a very dynamic presentation of change leadership affecting contemporary society and setting the trends for our future and world.”
Debrah A. McFarlane, M.A.Psy., B.S.Psy., B.A.S.Sc.
Northcentral University, Arizona.
From Saddam Hussein To Barack Hussein: The Story of Change, Legacy, and Ascendancy communicates the paradoxical nature of change and leadership as processes shaping the very nature of existence, impacting the lives of ordinary and extraordinary individuals alike to forever alter the course of our world. This book chronicles the change process following an approximate decade of leadership, its ineffectiveness and effectiveness, and the breaking and making of strong leaders in national and global political contexts.
This book uses the events and ideological processes of politics and leadership over the past approximate decade to explore change in both theoretical and practical ways. A unique perspective on change management principle is presented, and various insights into effective change processes and the role of exemplary and effective leadership are brought to light by examining the major personalities that have affected and effectuated change in our world.
With an exceptional insight and perspective into the intermingling nature of fate as an instigator of change, declination, legacy, and emergence, the fall and rise of leaders and leadership ideologies are examined by looking at three major change agents that have made the first decade of the New Millennium historical: Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and how their actions and decisions have impacted the world and its people. From the September 11 terrorist attacks, to the Iraq War and ongoing national and global economic crisis, the author leaves no stones unturned in this book which features complex issues cutting across business, economics, management, leadership, and political science.
“The politics of effective leadership is more complicated and difficult to deal with, especially in the global arena of the 21st century where nations are caught up in many competitive struggles: trade, resources, and militaristic. The interplay of nations and regions on the sociopolitical and economic scene with culture and religion intertwined can create difficult challenges. The ability of political leaders to act diplomatically while using effective strategies for dealing with allies and non-allies will be critical to securing wealth, peace, and overall prosperity for nations and humanity collective. Thus, a new leadership challenge emerges and Barack Obama has been handed a role that was made more complicated and tougher by the Bush government than by any previous leaders.”
Timely and Wise
Donovan McFarlane has written a timely and wise book on change and leadership as they are impacting the American way of life and the rest of the world. A great read that uniquely bridges the gap between novelistic and academic discourse, the theoretical and the practical, while effectively bringing across critical messages, information, and knowledge to the reader.
Cheryl M. Rattigan, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor in Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
Interesting Approach To Change
“Donovan McFarlane uses a very interesting approach to bring the concept of change through effective leadership alive, including its management, theory, and practice. With many practical realistic examples from our current national and global economic, political, physical, and social environments and contexts they discuss change as it affects progress, leadership, success, and individuals, organizations, and society. From Saddam Hussein to Barack Hussein is an interesting presentation of the changes that have shaped and are still shaping our lives and our world.”
Jeremy Chin, M.B.A.
Business Strategist and Consultant, Legal Industry
San Francisco, California.
Change and Leadership in Their Many Facets
“This is truly a book for our present time and situation. The author explores change and leadership in their many facets and has deep knowledge and understanding of the change process as it affects individuals, groups, organizations, cultures, and our world. This book is true to its title as it communicates “The Story of Change, Legacy, and Ascendancy” in an exciting and engaging manner. This is a good book about the politics of change and leadership.”
Xandria Hendricks, M.B.A.
Founder and Director
Allestra Recruiting, Inc., Florida.
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