Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership
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Over his long tenure in policing, Ward Clapham has broken with many leadership beliefs and behaviours that were ineffective and unproductive, hence the title of his book series Breaking With the Law.

In the face of sometimes harsh criticism, Ward has discovered the ultimate secret for quantum improvement:

"Every breakthrough first requires a break with the old paradigms, practices, and principles that tether people and organizations to the status quo."

Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership defines and describes the paradigm shift needed to move away from the command and control style of managing people toward a more proactive, unleashing of talent. His own inspiring stories and results coupled with scientific research, anecdotes, quotes, and historical accounts lead to powerful break-with insights in each chapter applicable for leaders in all areas of the public and private sectors.

This book will inspire leaders to think again about the effectiveness of their current methods and established rules of engagement. Explore how Ward and his team adjusted to keep the organization proactive, flexible, and innovative within a constantly changing landscape. Learn how he rooted advanced leadership principles into previously rigid police cultures, and how those principles are now being adapted throughout the world. Discover how he was able to successfully "break with the law" within a command-and-control structure. Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership is an inspiring journey of discovery with one of Canada's top cops as he relates tales of confronting and combating the status quo to generate positive change.



"This book has challenged me to think again about the effectiveness of my current methods and of established organizational rules of engagement. Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership is an inspiring journey of discovery with one of Canada’s top cops as he relates tales of confronting and combating the status quo to generate positive change."

-- Stephen R. Covey, Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Coming from a command-and-control military background, I deeply connect with the content in this book. Ward aptly describes what it takes to break with the unsuccessful status quo and lead organizations and people to achieve their own great potential. Written by a cop, but applicable for all.”

-- D. Michael Abrashoff, Former Commander, USS Benfold, and best-selling author of It’s Your Ship

“Not everyone can put leadership theory into practice—Ward Clapham does. Read Lead BIG and discover how you can do it too!”

-- Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times and million-copy best-selling author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“If you’ve ever felt shackled by the status quo; if you’ve ever felt the burden of bureaucracy, read this book! Ward has discovered the break-with secrets that encourage leaders to be the change they want to see and take positive action.”

-- Olivia McIvor, author of Four Generations—One Workplace

“This is an inspiring and often humorous account of real leadership in action! Ward’s anecdotes and insights will inspire big, bold, brave leadership. All leaders will find that Ward’s policing experiences transfer easily to their own situations. After all, what leader doesn’t want to lead big?”

-- Lance H. K. Secretan, leadership advisor and author of The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch

“A professor of mine once said, ‘Leadership is changing, and leadership, more than ever, is about change.’ Ward’s book is all about the new way to lead change. He suggests that to have a ‘break through you must have a break-with.’ Leaders from all industries and sectors would do well to explore the behaviour and courage described within these pages.”

-- Ryan Walter, NHL player, Stanley Cup winner, NHL coach, speaker, leadership expert, and author of HUNGRY Fueling your BEST GAME

“Engaging, insightful, inspiring. Ward clearly demonstrates that positive change can happen in any organization where there is a competent leader at the helm. This is a book that has to be read and re-read by leaders who want to make it happen in these challenging times.”

-- Terry D. Anderson, PhD, coauthor of Every Officer Is a Leader

“Lead BIG is a wonderfully written, highly enjoyable, immensely useful personal reflection on leading in a command-and-control environment in a very uncommand-and-control way. Ward Clapham provides invaluable insights into how he did it, and how you can do it, too.”

-- Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership, and Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business

“Lead BIG is an iconoclastic leadership adventure! Ward uses his head, heart, and hands to transform potential flashpoints into highly-effective TouchPoints. His story is an inspiration for leaders everywhere.”

-- Mette Norgaard, PhD, author of The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work and co-author of TouchPoints
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