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Leadership for Older Adults by Wendy J. Thompson, Sandra A. Cusack

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CHAPTER

Prelude to Organizational Change

Investigations of the “great buzzing confusion” of life require conceptualizations, that is, views of what to look for, how to look for them, and what kinds of structures, processes and relationships are involved.

—Tyler, 1960, p. 7

The challenge for many who work to empower seniors in groups and organizations around the world is to change the structure of power from a traditional hierarchical model to one that is more inclusive, one that gives all seniors a voice and a greater role to play in decision-making processes. Before one can transform leadership, however, there must be a deep understanding of the culture—the deeper values and commonly held assumptions—that has such a profound effect on organizational ...

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