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Comprehensive, Integrated Management/Leadership and

Organization Development Program (link)


    Think-Work Functions of Management and Leadership:

        Concepts, Methods,  and Tools  (3rd Edition)

    Implementation Functions of Management and Leadership (2nd Edition)   

    Effective Delegation  (2nd Edition)

    Time Management  (2nd Edition)

    The Individual: A System of Characteristics  (3rd Edition)

    Organizational Behavior: An Analytic Frame of Reference  (3rd Edition)

    Managerial and Leadership Behavior and Development  (5-part book; 3rd Edition)

    Interpersonal Relations and Skills   (4-part book; 3rd edition) 

    Effective Communication   (2nd Edition)

    Problem Solving and Decision Making  (3rd Edition)

    Effective Team Think-Work in Organizations   (2nd Edition)

    Effective Individual and Organizational Learning  (2nd Edition)

    Leadership Addendum


Personal Development Books (link)


    * Developing Synergistic Life Skills (once entitled Psycho-Synergistics)

     * Arming Against Mind Games (or “Six Hundred Maneuvers

        People Can Use to Persuade, Sell, Manipulate, Intimidate,

        or Dominate You”)




Comprehensive, Integrated Management/Leadership

and Organization Development Program

   The following materials have been used in a comprehensive management and leadership training program involving as many as 80 hours of class/seminar contact time. The training program is the core of an in-house, integrated MD/OD project. Participants have received 12 college credits and credits toward MBAs. (The original series was approved for 12 college credits by the State of Illinois Board of Education in 1979.) About 200 instructional figures, tables, and exhibits are contained in four books and six booklets, several of which have been used as college texts for almost twenty years.  (All materials have 2 columns on 8˝" x 11" pages and are punched for insertion into a 3-ring binder.) These books and booklets were excerpted or condensed into Mr. Cecil’s book, Next Generation Management Development: The Complete Guide and Resource, published by the Pfeiffer imprint of John Wiley & Sons (2007). It should be noted that the original copyrights on these books and booklets, and any relevant trademarks (such as The Managerial Target®), are owned by R. D. Cecil and Company, a Florida “C” corporation licensed to do business in Illinois.


Book Part One / Program Module 1Managerial and Leadership (Integrative) Functions and Process


Think-Work Functions of Management and Leadership: Concepts, Methods,  and Tools   (3rd Edition)

409 pages of booklets on the “what,” “why,” and how to of think-work functions (analyzing, goal setting, planning, budgeting, formulating policies/procedures/rules, problem solving, and decision making). It is essentially a manual on strategic/long­ range and annual planning and on “interim” or “ad hoc” problem solving and decision making. (This book and several other booklets in the entire series are pictured below.)






Implementation Functions of Management and Leadership   (2nd Edition)

23 pages of booklets discuss the basic what, why, and "how to" of implementation functions (organizing, staffing, guiding activities, reportng results, and evaluating performance).

Effective Delegation   (2nd Edition)

13-page booklet discusses the assignment of tasks (responsibilities) and the delegation of authority (to make decisions).

 Time Management  (2nd Edition)

23-page booklet discusses the many ways managers and leaders waste time, various causes, and numerous practices for making more effective use of time.


Book Part Two / Program Module 2:  Individual, Organizational, and Managerial/Leadership Behavior


The Individual: A System of Characteristics  (3rd Edition)

57-page booklet describes mental skills, needs/drives, values, personality traits, interests, and other traits. Contains a Personal Inventory Format for individuals to fill in as they read. Also contains a single model that illustrates how thirteen theories of motivation and behavior all fit together and operate as a complex system.


Booklet used as a college text for about twenty years.

Organizational Behavior: An Analytic Frame of Reference  (3rd Edition)

27-page booklet discusses how approximately 150 socio-technical (task-related/technological, individual, social, organizational, and outside factors/variables) influence individuals’ and groups’ motivation, attitudes, skills, interactions, and performance.

 Managerial and Leadership Behavior and Development   (2nd Edition)  4-part, 291-page book

Part I:   Managerial and Leadership Styles  (3rd Edition)

  82-page booklet discusses: (a) theories of managerial/supervisory behavior; (b) various managerial and leadership styles;

  and (c) attitudes and behavior associated with the “synergistic” (“team” or “High Task, High People”) style.


  Booklet used as a college text for about twenty years.

Part II:    External (Non-Personal) Influences on Managerial and Leadership Behavior  (3rd Edition; 63-page booklet)


Part III:   Influences of Personal Characteristics on Managerial and Leadership Behavior  (3rd Edition; 62-page booklet)

               (includes model, The Managerial Target®)


Part IV:   High Task, High People vs. Situationalism: Synergistic Approaches for Developing Managers, Leaders, Subordinates,

               and Entire Organizations  (3rd Edition; 40-page booklet)

          Part V:    OD Implications (Integrated MD/OD Project  (3rd Edition; 8-page booklet)



Book Part Three / Program Module 3Problem Solving and Decision Making (Basics)


Problem Solving and Decision Making  (Basics)  (2nd Edition)

16-page booklet on the psychology of thought and various basic methods and tools for structuring thought processes, compensating for mental limitations, and more effectively solving problems and making decisions.


Book Part Four / Program Module 4Interpersonal Relations and Skills


 Interpersonal Relations and Skills   (4-part book) 

Part I:   Personal Characteristics That Influence or Relate to Interpersonal Behavior  (3rd Edition)

  54-page booklet discusses: specific characteristics and their relationships to interpersonal behavior; dimensions of

  interpersonal orientations; ego states and associated life positions; and general types (typologies) of people.

Part II:   Patterns of Interpersonal Behavior  (3rd Edition)

   73-page booklet covers: the initiation, development, and maintenance of interpersonal relationships; interpersonal

   styles; and behavior in social groups.

Part III:   Interpersonal Conflicts: Their Symptoms, Causes, and Resolution  (about 3/4 complete)


Part IV:   Principles and Skills for Developing and Maintaining Functional Relationships (about 1/2 complete)


Effective Communication  (2nd Edition)

25-page booklet discusses symptoms and causes of faulty communications, and numerous ways in which senders and receivers can improve their communication processes.


Booklet used as a college text for about twenty years.



Book Part Five / Program Module 5Think-Work in Organizations


Effective Team Think-Work in Organizations  (2nd Edition)

30-page booklet discusses symptoms and causes of faulty group processes, and numerous ways in which (a) individuals can improve their think-work processes, and (b) group leaders and participants can improve their meetings. It pulls together many of the concepts and practices discussed in series materials on effective planning, problem solving, interpersonal relations, communication, and thinking and behavioral styles.


Book Part Six / Program Module 6 Individual and Organizational Learning


Effective Individual and Organizational Learning   (2nd Edition)

23-page booklet reviews basic learning theory and uses it to explain how to structure both individual and organizational learning situations for maximimum benefit. It also discusses organizational learning concepts and practices involved in systems thinking, action learning, and appreciative inquiry.  (Much of the basic material has been drawn from the chapter on learning in Psycho-Synergistics, the personal development book described below.)

Summary, Synthesis & Unified Practice of management Model  (37-page booklet)





Leadership Addendum (to Next-Generation Management Development)

Materials in this addendum have been developed for use by those who conduct more leadership-oriented programs or courses. Often referring to text, figures, and tables in NGMD, these materials describe leaders and managers in different types of organizations, interrelate management and leadership roles and functions, and describe desirable leadership (and managerial) characteristics.


Other Addenda (to Next-Generation Management Development)

Other addenda to N-GMD are available directly from R. D. Cecil and Company. These provide greater detail regarding strategic analysis and planning, budgeting, decision making, interpersonal behavior, and several personal development methods.



 Personal Development Books Completed or Under Development



  Mental Synergistics: Developing Synergistic Life Skills [Completed]  (once entitled Psycho-Synergistics)

An enormous step beyond Mathew Maltz’s book, Psycho-Cybernetics, this book covers eight major personal development methods. Harper Collins once said, “...the book is five to ten years ahead of anything we’ve ever seen on the subject” [in terms of being such a fully integrated system for personal development of the major life (coping) skills].




Life Skills

              This one manual covers personal development methods for improving or further developing the eight most im­portant life skills. For each of the eight topics it (1) explains the underlying concepts and related prin­ciples, and then (2) provides one universal, tried and true methodology—instead of the many methods that are usually taught for any single personal development topic. It explains how to adapt the one method or ap­proach to each topic—that is, to each of the eight contexts in which the one approach can be utilized. It is written for (a) teenagers, who should be learning these life skills, but seldom do; (b) parents, (c) teachers, (d) child development instructors, and (e) other adults interest­ed in personal development (and learning what they may never have been taught).


            Eight chapters cover personal development topics and associated concepts, principles, and methods in detail. They are presented in a building-block sequence, each contributing to understanding and applying the next. At the end of each chapter, we explain how that particular set of knowledge and skills can be used in an integrated, sys­tem­a­tized, syn­ergistic manner with those previously covered.

Chapter 1:       Personal Development and Your Future

Chapter 2:       The Individual: A System of Characteristics  (a Self-Awareness manual, including a Personal Traits Inventory to fill in)

Chapter 3:       Personal Motivation  (Personal Goal Setting and Planning, including personal goal setting and planning worksheets.
                        These are the basics for better managing one’s own life.)

 Chapter 4:       Thinking: Further Developing Capabilities

 Chapter 5:       Learning: Further Developing Capabilities

 Chapter 6:       Interpersonal Relations: Further Developing Capabilities  (including Conflict Resolution;
                          plus an
addendum on The Socialization of Children)

 Chapter 7:       Communication  (How to become a better sender and receiver)

 Chapter 8:       Behavior Modification  (Improving or modifying personal traits)

 Chapter 9:       Time Management  (How to manage and make better use of time)

 Chapter 10:   Summary and Synthesis  (into a comprehensive, systematic approach for personal development)

 Appendix A:  Major Theories of Motivation and Behavior
 Appendix B
:  Brain Structures, Functions, and Processes
 Appendix C
:  The Process of Mental Development: How Your Brain Becomes Your Mind

Pages: 365 total 2-column, 8˝”x11” pages (339 printed)
Illustrations: 95 (
54 figures, 35 tables, and 6 exhibits)
Personal Traits Inventory (to fill in)
Personal Goal Setting and Planning Worksheets (to fill in)



Contextual World & U.S. History
(in an MS-Excel Spreadsheet)  [Completed]

Is congruent/compliant with, and contributes to achieving,
Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science (History), Grades 9-12

 The spreadsheet lists more than 3,700 historically important events in (a) chronological order from the Big Bang at the top down to 2018; (b) more than 7,100 lines/rows, and (c) 5 columns (categories of events). In most cases, two or three lines (cells) for each event indicate (1) When (year); (2) Where (nation or geographic area); (3) What occurred or was done, and (4) Who did or ac­comp­lished What.

 Column 1 (left side):   Nations, Governments, Politics; Wars & Weapons; Peace

Column 2:                   Exploration; Transportation; Communication; Business and Trade

Column 3:                   Nature; Health/Medicine; Science, Invention & Technology                    

Column 4 (culture):     Peoples; Customs & Activities; Books/Knowledge; Religion/Beliefs        

Column 5 (culture):     Music; Art; Sculpture; Theater, Dance, Poetry, Film; Architecture/Building(s)

 This reference is a handy, inexpensive supplement to textbooks not only for history and other social studies courses, but al­so for science, biology, music, and art courses. If introduced in the sixth grade, it could be used in as many as twelve courses. No textbook or online reference enables students to ac­complish the ac­tions below anywhere near as quickly, easily, visually, and insightfully as this.


 Years having one or more significant events are listed in ascending chronological order (down the spread­sheet) and for each event in each of the five columns (categories of events). This en­ables stu­dents to scroll easily both backward and forward in time to identify changes or trends in various types of historical phe­nomena.

 Five Categorical Columns (with Color-Coded Sub-Topics)

 Five columns across the screen, each having several color-coded sub-topics, enable students to see what was also oc­cur­ring or being done during the same time frame in all five areas of interest—put­ting any par­tic­u­lar event into a broader, more insight-generating historical context. That’s why this is the only “Con­textual World and U.S. History.” At the top of each categorical column, color-coded sub-topics—and their similarly-colored events down the column—enable quick and easy vis­ual topical events search as one scrolls up or down the spreadsheet.


 In many cases, arrows pointing from an event to one or more other columns indicate that an event is caus­ing, influencing, or contributing to one or more events in the other category/cate­go­ries—or will do so.


 The spreadsheet’s Edit-Find (search) function enables students to quickly and easily enter a name, date (year), or place (nation or area) of interest and be taken to the appropriate row(s) and/or col­umn(s) in the spreadsheet.

 Copyright © 2020 by Robert D. Cecil


 Arming Against Mind Games (or “Six Hundred Maneuvers People Can Use to Persuade, Sell, Manipulate, Intimidate, or Dominate You”)   (Book is about 95% complete.)

This book helps readers recognize and deal with the various psychological ploys that people often use in order to manipulate others and get their own way. The book presently describes approximately 550 manipulative maneuvers (> 600 when finished) and gives common, everyday examples of who tends to use them, why, when, and how. It is almost certainly the most complete book on the subject, going far beyond books such as Games People Play, Put-Offs and Come-Ons, and Getting Your Own Sweet Way. The book was not written to help readers become better manipulators of other people. Just the opposite. It was written to give readers (a) short, simple phrases that describe maneuvers, and then (b) longer descriptions or explanations, so that readers can better recognize when someone is playing mind games with them. Knowing and recognizing specific ploys is half the battle. It enables people to use effective counter-measures against them.


Some maneuvers are discussed in several contexts. Some are “set-ups,” which are used to “set someone up” for more effective manipulation or domination through additional maneuvers. Most maneuvers are organized and discussed under various major strategies (or broad approaches), each of which involves certain categories of tactics. Categories of tactics, in turn, are broken down into sub-categories and then into the specific maneuvers.



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