Business Books

We hate our jobs, but it’s not our fault (and it needn’t be this way)

Ray White (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Ian Mann, MD at Gateways Business Consultants, for his weekly business book review.

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The way we manage organisations seems increasingly out of date.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.

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the seven most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.

Read More
How to be a lion (a review of a book on daring to dream and living fearlessly)

How to be a lion (a review of a book on daring to dream and living fearlessly)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Rakesh Wahi (CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa) for his weekly business book review.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.

How to be happier (and more fulfilled) at your job (whatever it is)

How to be happier (and more fulfilled) at your job (whatever it is)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, author of “INtheFLOW – Taking Mindfulness to Work”.

How digital media vies for audiences in a 'Marketplace of Attention'

How digital media vies for audiences in a 'Marketplace of Attention'

The marketplace works in ways that call into question our hopes and fears about digital media, says author James G. Webster.

Here’s what may happen when Zuma goes (by political analyst Ralph Mathekga)

Here’s what may happen when Zuma goes (by political analyst Ralph Mathekga)

What impact will his departure have on South Africa and the ANC? Can we fix the damage — and how do we do that?

How “the lost city of Africa” charmed explorers, writers and the apartheid govt

How “the lost city of Africa” charmed explorers, writers and the apartheid govt

Author Adam Cruise describes his quest across the Kalahari to find the mythical city of untold riches.