David Burkus: Creatively Under New Management

Written by on 10/06/2016

As everyone knows, I am really in deep when it comes to the arena of leadership and leadership research. Especially when It comes to building leaders at every level and helping people move forward to do greater things with their lives.


So with all that, allow me to introduce you to Dr. David Burkus.


Dr. David Burkus is an Associate Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University, where the is the professor and instructor of courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership. In addition, Dr. Burkus has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, and big time conferences such as SXSW and TEDx events, as well as led many conferences and trainings with governmental leaders and at the US Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School.


Check out David's TED Talk:


In his most recent writing piece, Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual,” burkus-under-new-managementDr. Burkus spins conventional leadership thought on its head by spinning around stereotypical management principles and processes. Dr. David Burkus draws on decades of research and moves that much of the fundamental management practices of today are not only wrong and misguided, but are also counterproductive.  The book moves critical thinking about modern management from 20th-century management standards and a radical move into a new approach. I think Dr. Peter Drucker would have loved this book! As such, some of the topics presented by Dr. Burkus may seem counterintuitive, however, within this, Burkus describes how these practices have proved successful. He even provides some critical thinking pieces in the book to help you build your own system and crack the management code.

Also, what I like about this book is that Dr. Burkus goes back and takes on Frederick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management system and effectively shows it ineffective for today. (Anyone reading this from the field and arena of leadership and management should know about Taylor, if not, follow the links and study!)


Another writing piece that sits on my shelf well-read and highlighted is: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas.” burkus-myth-of-creativityIn this text Dr. Burkus helps both individuals and organizations overcome the biases and potential pitfalls that usually destroy or undermine innovation. As Dr. Burkus explains it, “When we as humans don't understand how something works, we usually develop some kind of educated guess or heuristic about it.” In addition, the text is organized into ten myths about creativity including the legendary Eureka Myth, the Lone Creator Myth, and the Constraints Myth.





While I really like what this guy is teaching and putting out about leadership, above all what I really like about this guy is he is a man of faith and uses his faith to his advantage. I mean, take a look at this paper he wrote: Strategy and Revelation: How the Apostle John’s Revelation Conforms to Contemporary Models of Foresight.”


Check out David Burkus on his website, at Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Twitter, or iTunes



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