Dé Lǐng Dǎo (德領導) - Martial arts philosophy behind leadership process to rise above our ‘cultural background noise’

by Jaro Berce



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/6/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781466965096
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781466965089
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781466965102

About the Book

The story is showing from a first-person perspective the internal growing up of a leadership process based on non-Western approach. The main character, brought up in Europe and therefore used to Western “cultural background noise’ although practicing Chinese martial arts, has to learn and understand the differences brought by Far East principles if he wants to grasp leadership from a different angle. On the whole, a Western leadership is thought and understood as an external process of a person that influences others. Most of leadership and management books that deal with leadership and managers describe what and how to do it to be more efficient and successful. They describe tools to use to do it. This is called an external process. Outward, because others see leaders as how they behave or how they use those tools in a leadership style and/or process. But we all live our lives and perceive surrounding environment only from our internal eyes. Therefore, the focal questions raised in a book are the following: Do all leaders have the same fears, problems, and difficulties or happiness, pleasure, and delight in being what they are? What are their feelings when leading people, making decisions, or taking responsibility? How do they sense and perceive their subordinates? In a book, those are called internal issues and are dealt with and described through a different approach—an approach that is based on the Far East mentality and shown through Chinese martial arts and Chinese philosophy. The book has eighteen (18) chapters. Chapters one to five are dedicated to the background setting and the evolution of the story and characters; Chapters six to nine are devoted to open different approaches and mentality that is coming from Far East and Martial arts philosophy and in parallel gradually introducing difficulties in leadership process and (miss)understanding of those Far East concepts; in a Chapter ten main character is pushed to the limits of solving leadership dilemma and private concerns; Chapter eleven is dedicated to “open the eyes” about the new concepts; in a Chapter twelve the foundation of Far East philosophy behind Martial arts is described that would be further on used for the “Leadership by Virtue” principle; Chapters thirteen to seventeen are telling one by one and thus portraying internal concepts used in Martial arts principles and Eastern philosophy and how to transfer those into (internal) leadership development; final Chapter eighteen is dedicated to merge those Far East and Martial arts concepts and philosophies with “known” Western ones and thus opening a new entanglement approach proposed with the use of the Leadership by Virtue.

About the Author

Jaro Berce, PhD, achieved a degree in electrical engineering and received a PhD in social sciences from the University of Ljubljana and gained a master’s degree in computer science in the USA. At the beginning of his professional career, his work focused only on research and development of information technology and electrical engineering systems at the Institute of Jožef Stefan. Later on, he started to build his expertise also in the fields of project management, organization restructuring, consultancy, and entrepreneurship. He cofounded, managed, and served on the board of directors of two information technology consulting and engineering firms. One-GRAD d.d. played an important role as it was the first company whose stock was sold on a new-founded Yugoslav stock market in 1989. At the beginning of ’90s, he started a family business with the eBerce (http://eberce.si) company. Jaro Berce was involved in management consultancy for a strategic redirection and restructuring projects on behalf of big four multinational consulting companies. He worked at board level in both the private and public sectors. He was a supervisory board member and a chair of a supervisory board in different big companies where he has proven successful management and leadership abilities. Comfortable taking on responsibility and a charismatic communicator, he currently holds an assistant professorship and a project management position within the Center of Social Informatics of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Social Sciences. He was fortunate enough to have lived, been educated, worked, and experienced in many different places of culture starting in Europe via Africa and USA to China. On his varied journey, he has met and had several bosses. They were both good and troublesome. Since his very early age, Jaro Berce is dedicated to martial arts, in last decade specifically to Chinese martial arts. On a daily basis he practice Yǒng Chūn (詠春) more known as Wing Chun, Qì Gōng (氣功) and/or T’ai Chi Ch’uan (太極拳).