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A Short, Sweet Tour of Leadership Jan 19, 2006
Aside from politics, not everyone can be passionate about system reform, but author Gary DeCarolis is. In "A View from the Balcony", Gary encourages readers to join him in "an exploration of system change." Though he is talking about mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families, the principles and practices he is promoting could and should be applied to other populations and settings as well. I immediately saw its relevance to my work in early childhood services.
From the book, it is evident that Gary DeCarolis is sincerely devoted to preparing people to be effective leaders of responsive systems of care. His approach to his work and his writing is personal, practical, and strategic, grown out of extensive experience and conveyed largely through the use of stories. He gets his points across by telling the readers what he intends to say, presenting it with interesting vignettes, then summarizing it, as in any good speech. This makes what could be a dry boring book about system reform instead a surprisingly delightful and instructive read about how to skillfully achieve organizational and community change. I bought 10 copies and gave them to co-workers!