Mann reviewed “Reinventing Organizations” by Frederic Laloux.
Description on Amazon:
The way we manage organisations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies.
The epidemic of organisational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America - teachers, doctors and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers, because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation.
Government agencies and non-profits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same.
All these organisations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs.
Deep inside we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion and purpose. The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management.
But reality shows that this is not enough.
In most cases the system beats the individual - when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they end up leaving their organisations because they no longer feel like putting up with a place that is inhospitable to the deeper longings of their soul.
We need enlightened leaders, but we also need something more: enlightened organisational structures and practices.
But is there even such a thing?
Can we conceive of enlightened organisations?
In this ground-breaking book the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organisations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration.
A new shift in consciousness is currently underway.
Could it help us invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and non-profits, schools and hospitals?
The pioneering organisations researched for this book have already "cracked the code." Their founders have fundamentally questioned every aspect of management and have come up with entirely new organisational methods.
Even though they operate in very different industries and geographies - and did not know of each other's experiments - the structures and practices they have developed are remarkably similar.
It's hard not to get excited about this finding: a new organisational model seems to be emerging, and it promises a soulful revolution in the workplace.
"Reinventing Organizations" describes in practical detail how organisations large and small can operate in this new paradigm.
Leaders, founders, coaches, and consultants will find this work a joyful handbook full of insights, examples and inspiring stories.
Listen to the audio below for Mann's review.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews labour lawyer and author of “South Africa Can Work”.
Ian Mann reviews authors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson’s “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future”.
Bruce Whitfield interviews Pippa Malmgren, author of Signals. How to predict the economy’s direction using everyday signals…
Economist Tim Harford discusses his book “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy”.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Brenthurst Foundation Director Greg Mills about his book “Making Africa Work”.
Scenario Expert Jakkie Cilliers discusses his book “Fate of the Nation: 3 Scenarios for South Africa's Future”.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews KPMG South Africa CEO Nhlamu Dlomu.
Sharone Daniels, a community activist in Cape Town's Ocean View says they need police intervention to end gang violence.
Civil engineer and Ph.D. researcher John Okedi speaks to CapeTalk host John Maytham about his plans.
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe sat down for a lengthy and candid interview with 702 and CapeTalk anchor, Eusebius McKaiser.
A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sasfin CEO Roland Sassoon.