The Cleveland Consulting Group

JULY 2016


Hi folks,

If you are in midstream in your career or feel like you're unclear what lies ahead, I encourage you to look at the details on our workshop Inspiring Emerging Vision: An Inward Journey in the Mountains of MontanaSeptember 12-16th, 2016 at the Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, Montana, USA. In four days, you will experience a depth of reflection leading to an emerging vision of the future your seek to create. 

Reading List

Top leaders are readers. They understand that the fastest way to stimulate new thinking is to stay abreast of the latest trends. Between plane rides, executive summaries, and audio books there are numerous ways to feed the brain with new ideas. Typically, what is lacking is the understanding that everyone becomes stale. The mind recycles ideas until new information or a crisis pierces the executive veil that forms to create each executive persona.

For the last 20 years, I’ve provided an ongoing list of books I found most interesting and useful in executive development. It is not an absolute list. It is a useful and impactful list that can support your executive development. I encourage taking a Kindle or audio book to bed. Tends to ease the need to not waste time before falling asleep. LOL


Herb Stevenson

Herb Stevenson, CEO/President
Cleveland Consulting Group

Leadership Development
Book List

Cleveland Consulting Group, Inc.


Power Up Brilliance: Lead from the Middle with Courage, Merom Klein & Louise Yochee Klein
Great People Decisions, Claudio Fernandez Araoz
Leaders Make the Future, Bob Johansen
What got you here Won't get you there, Marshall Goldsmith
MOJO, Marshall Goldsmith
Bad Leadership, Barbara Kellerman
The Allure of Toxic Leaders, Jean Lipman-Blumen
Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World, Bob Rosen
Clear Leadership, Gervase Bushe
The Extraordinary Leader, John Zenger & Joseph Folkman*
Results Based Leadership, Ulrich, Zenger, Smallwood
Return in Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their companies Win, Fred Kiel

Executive Development

Leadership Divided, Ron A. Curucci
The Courage to Act, Merom Klein & Rod Napier.*
Why Smart Executives Fail, Sydney Finkelstein
Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions, Finkelstein, Whitehead, & Campbell
SuperBosses, Sydney Finkelstein
Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, Dan Ariely
Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counter-Intuition, Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein
Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
Focus, Daniel Goleman
Working With Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
Resonant Leadership, Boyatzis, Goleman & McKee*
Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
Speed of Trust, Stephen Covey
Return in Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, Fred Kiel
Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, (2013) Neck & Manz

Being Effective More than at Work

How Will you Measure your Life, Clayton Christensen*
Success Built to Last, Porras, Emery, & Thompson**
Leading the Life Your Want, Stewart D. Friedman
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, & Happiness
Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, (2013) Neck & Manz

Executive Transition

Rising to Power, Carucci & Hansen***
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, Herminia Ibarra
The Dynamics of Taking Charge, John Gabarro
The Courage to Act, Merom Klein & Rod Napier.
Becoming a Manager: Mastery of A New Identity, Linda A. Hill***
Being the Boss, Linda A. Hill & Kent Lineback***

Collaboration, Influence, & Trust

Collaboration, Morten Hansen
Leading Up, Michael Useem
Lead Your Boss, John Baldoni
How to Influence People, John Maxwell
Power and Influence: The Rules Have Changed, Robert L. Dilenschneider
Real Influence, Mark Goulston & John Ullmen
The Speed of Trust, Stephen Covey **
Trust & Distrust in Organizations, Roderick Kramer & Karen Cook
The Abilene Paradox, Andrew Harvey***


When Team Work Best, Frank LaFasto & Carl Larson*
Teamwork, Frank LaFasto & Carl Larson
There is an I in Team, Mark DeRond
5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, novella*
Senior Leadership Teams, Wageman, Nunes, Burress, & Hackman****
Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, J. Richard hackman
Collaborative Intelligence: Lessons from the Intelligence Community, J. Richard Hackman
The Hedgehog Effect, Manfred Kets de Vries ***
Extraordinary Groups, Geoffrey Bellman & Kathleen Ryan

Business/Organization Dynamics

The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge****
The Living Company, Arie De Geus***
The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, Raynor & Ahmed
Built to Last, Porras & Collins**
Good to Great, Jim Collins**
How the Mighty Fall, Jim Collins**
Great by Choice, Collins and Hansen**
The Purposes of Groups & Organizations, Alvin Zander
Overcoming Organizational Defenses, Chris Argyris
On Organizational Learning, Chris Argyris
Reasoning, Learning, and Action: Individual and Organizational, Chris Argyris

Business and Global Business Culture

Organizational Culture & Leadership, Edgar Schein ***
The Corporate Culture Survival Guide / Edition 2 by Edgar H. Schein
The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, Erin Meyer
Riding the Waves of Culture, Fons Trompenaars


Blue Ocean Strategy (Expanded Edition) , W. Chan Kim * Renee Mauborgne ***
The Strategy Paradox, Michael Raynor
The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, Raynor & Ahmed ***
Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter
On Competition, Michael Porter
Competitive Advantage, Michael Porter
The Granularity of Growth, Viguerie, Smit & Baghai
Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary, Joel Kurtzman


Inspiring Emerging Vision:
An Inward Journey in the Mountains of Montana

Facilitated by Jackie Stevenson (Spirit of Leadership)
& Herb Stevenson (Cleveland Consulting Group)

September 12-16th, 2016
Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, Montana, USA

Inspiring Emerging Vision: An Inward Journey in the Mountains of Montana

Prepare to make a positive difference in your life
and the lives of others.

Surrounded by the majestic Montana wilderness, the living system of nature, free-spirited horses and the collective wisdom of community, you can expand your capacity to inspire your visions to emerge.

  • Build Generative Community: Supporting Your Vision
  • Create Relationship within Living Systems: Clarifying Your Vision
  • Discover Your Authentic Presence In Nature: Engaging Your Vision
  • Experience Emergent Awareness: Listening to Your Vision
  • Meet Your Emergent Future: Bringing Your Vision Home

Join the adventure listening intuitively from within, engaging in generative dialogue, learning from the interconnectivity of nature, opening to a future that wants to emerge for yourself and your organizations and being there to greet it.

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Executive & Life Coaching:
A Journey into Advanced
Skill Building

October 9-14, 2016
Punderson State Park, Cleveland Ohio

Executive & Life Coaching: A Journey into Advanced Skill Building is a “coming- home” experience for those seeking to build upon their existing coaching skills. It is an indepth experience steeped in personal growth through self awareness and professional development through a refinement of your coaching/consulting skills. Though based in gestalt/ontological theory, the core concepts will be “use of self”, “presence” and “paradoxical theory of change” which permeate many coaching philosophies. In addition, we will include a form of peer coaching that is gaining momentum as a leader development process as well as a team development process.


Executive & Life Coaching: A Journey into Advanced Skill Building is an intensive experience that requires a commitment to expand your knowledge and practice. This translates into an extensive manual of original writings from my 30 years of executive coaching and consulting. In addition, supporting articles that influenced the writings will be available to further deepen your practice knowledge. In short, reading to deepen will support your process.

Learning Objectives

After completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • use assessments as a coaching tool
  • create individual development plans from assessments
  • understand the differences between coaching, therapy, consulting and supervision
  • apply various coaching models; e,g GOOD, Gestalt, Peer, U-Theory
  • apply the coaching contact model to highlight breakdowns in client development
  • confidently coach in most any situation within your field

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