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An Asperger Leader’s Guide to Living and Leading Change

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Book - An Asperger Leader’s Guide to Living and Leading Change

by: Rosalind A. Bergemann
Foreword by Will Napier

About the author:

Dr. Rosalind A. Bergemann has worked as a business leader for the last 20 years, having held positions in global business strategy, finance and international human resources. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of a global change management consultancy, as well as Chairman of Asperger Leaders, an organisation supporting people with Asperger Syndrome holding senior positions in business. She is educated to doctorate level in the fields of international business and organisational psychology, as well as leadership studies through Harvard Business School. In 2012 Rosalind was shortlisted as a finalist for two categories of the National Management and Leadership Awards from the UK Chartered Management Institute, namely Consultant of the Year and Outstanding Leader of the Year.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-471-3

Year: 2013

Publication Info: 264pp


People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often struggle with change and this is magnified when it is part of their professional role to manage and lead change. Written by a business leader with Asperger Syndrome, this practical guide provides advice and strategies for coping with and implementing change in the workplace.
Combining theory and practice with case studies and hands-on tools, the book aims to help those who find change particularly difficult to overcome these challenges and use their unique talents and skills to become change champions in the workplace. The book explores the change management life cycle and how it affects leaders with AS and teaches key skills for successfully leading change, preparing staff for change, and dealing with the effects of change on the organisation as a whole.
This is a vital leadership development handbook for executive-level business professionals with Asperger Syndrome as well as those who aspire to careers in these roles.



Foreword by Will Napier. Introduction. Part 1: The Change Life Cycle and How that Affects Us as Leaders with Asperger Syndrome. 1. Defining the Asperger Leadership Challenge. 2. Examining the Psychological Contract. 3. Understanding the Transitional Stages and the Psychological Change Cycle. 4. Understanding How Change Affects You. 5. Understanding How Change Affects Them. 6. Understanding How Change Affects the Organisation. Part 2: Some Defining Characteristics of Asperger Leaders and their Relevance for the Change Process. 7. Characteristic 1: The Centre of Knowledge. 8. Characteristic 2: Above Average Intellectual Skills. 9. Characteristic 3: Social Dichotomy – Social when Necessary, Loner when Able. 10. Characteristic 4: Need for Personal Space. 11. Characteristic 5: Delegation Challenges. 12. Characteristic 6: The Natural Leader in Times of Crisis. Part 3: Key Skills for Successfully Living and Leading Change. 13. Key Skill 1: Understanding Yourself and Your Reaction to Change. 14. Key Skill 2: Making Communication a Focus. 15. Key Skill 3: Preparing Them for Change. 16. Key Skill 4: Programme Management and Its Application. 17. Key Skill 5: Establishing the Rules for Change. 18. Key Skill 6: Motivating the Team – Challenges, Opportunities and Rewards. 19. Key Skill 7: Dealing with the Undercurrents. 20. Key Skill 8: Acknowledging Individuals Facing Challenges. 21. Key Skill 9: Developing Internal Change Agents. 22. Key Skill 10: Working with External Consultants. 23. Key Skill 11: Establishing a New Culture. 24. Key Skill 12: Applying the 5th Stage of the Transitional Change Cycle. 25. Summary and Application. Part 4: Practical Tools for Asperger Leaders Leading Change.



This book will be a great encouragement to those who are either in, or aspire to take on leadership roles in business and the professions. I hope it will also be an inspiration and challenge to those NTs who assume that AS people are a liability. The message is loud and clear in these pages: the innate strengths, and the skills you have had to learn in many areas of your life, mean that if you have Asperger traits, you are in some ways even better equipped to adapt than those who have never experienced the challenges of change.’


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