As One: Individual Action Collective Power. Mehrdad Baghai, James Quigley. Portfolio.

As One: Individual Action Collective Power Book Cover As One: Individual Action Collective Power
Mehrdad Baghai, James Quigley
February 3, 2011

Our world is as much about cooperation as it is about conflict; as much about collaboration as competition. Yet our knowledge of collective behavior is still relatively slim.

Leaders who have been trained in the command-and-control mode of management are realizing that while it may work effectively in some circumstances, it often fails to truly engage people. In response, management thinkers have proclaimed the end of command-and-control and the advent of a new, participatory model.

But why should there be only two modes of collective behavior? For the past two years Deloitte has invested in a major global initiative, the As One project, to study effective collaborations. The project has discovered that there are many modes of “As One behavior” and that all are effective in certain contexts. This book offers a systematic understanding of As One behavior and bridges the gap between theory and practical advice illustrated with insightful case examples.

As One defines eight archetypes of leaders and followers: Landlord & Tenants, Community Organizer & Volunteers, Conductor & Orchestra, Producer & Creative Team, General & Soldiers, Architect & Builders, Captain & Sports Team, and Senator & Citizens. Taking more than 60 cases of successful collective behavior from a wide range of situations, the authors used advanced analytics to identify the key characteristics that define each model and show how you can apply them to your organization.

As One sets out a new way to lead, and to get your team working to reach all your goals. Imagine what we would accomplish if we could unlock the power of As One on a global scale.

Mehrdad Baghai is Managing Director of Alchemy Growth Partners. He is been a strategic advisor to leaders of large organizations for more than 20 years. He is also Chairman of Emue Technologies, the worldwide leader in authentication and personal identity protection. Previously, he was a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey & Company and co-leader of the firm’s worldwide growth practice. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and co-founder of the High Resolves Initiative, a program on global citizenship and leadership which has engaged thousands of high school students. Is the author of the international business bestsellers The Alchemy of Growth, and its sequel, The Granularity of Growth.

James H. Quigley is CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, the world’s leading consulting and professional services organization; DTTL and its network of member firms comprise more than 170,000 employees in 147 countries. He has been with the organization for over 30 years. Prior to his current role, he was CEO of Deloitte United States. He has served many of the Deloitte network’s significant clients. He is an active participant in various international forums. He is the US co-chair of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue; a board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Economic Club of New York and the Japan Society; and a member of the US Council on Competitiveness, the Shanghai Municipal Government Council, the Yale CELI Board of Advisors and the Business Roundtable.