Breaking Free of Bonkers
How to Lead in Today’s Crazy World of Organizations
By George Binney, Philip Glanfield, and Gerhard Wilke
A radical re-think of how individuals help organizations learn and adapt, aimed at everyone who cares about the future of their organization or company
IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING AROUND HERE BONKERS?
Do you ever feel bewildered or even oppressed by what goes on in your organization? Does anything ever strike you as odd, ridiculous, inefficient or just plain bonkers? Chances are you are not alone.
No matter what industry, sector or institution, the world of work can often seem bonkers. We can spend so much time ticking boxes, preparing plans and reports, sitting in unproductive meetings, replying to unhelpful emails and trying to deliver on misconceived, top-down initiatives that the time to do real work is squeezed out.
Breaking Free of Bonkers shows you how it is possible to make progress despite the mad and messy world of today's organisations. Against the odds, it is possible to lead effectively.
George Binney, Phil Glanfield and Gerhard Wilke are three organisation consultants from Ashridge Business School. They have an unusual vantage point. Drawing on their long experience of working with people at levels - from chief executives to front line workers - they offer hope. They use a wealth of lively examples and illustrations to show you how to get connected with colleagues, get real about what you offer and get going on the things that matter.
The authors are organization consultants with the business school at Ashridge. They have an unusual vantage point. They work with individuals and teams at all levels, in many different companies and organizations across Europe and know the inside story of what it feels like to lead and manage.
Their previous books include 'Living Leadership', 'Leaning Into The Future', 'Making Quality Work', 'The Art of Group Analysis in Organisations' and 'How To Be A Good Enough GP'.
George Binney is an experienced coach and consultant who for many years has worked with chief executives and senior teams. He studied history before becoming a barrister, a McKinsey consultant and a manager in large corporates. He specialises in supporting senior doctors, scientists, lawyers and other professionals who now lead organizations.
Philip Glanfield coaches and consults to individuals, teams and organizations by focusing on the conversations that shape their leadership and impact. He studied theology and worked as a probation officer and a senior manager in the NHS before consulting. He led the team that won the European EFMD award for organization development in 2015.
Gerhard Wilke is an anthropologist and group analyst who over the last three decades has worked in the UK, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. He specialises in the psychological factors that help and hinder individuals, teams and organisations. In 2016 he was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
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24 Aug 2017
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Breaking Free of Bonkers shows how effective leading is not about trying to do it yourself. It is about working with, and through, others. — Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, England
Engaging, clear, rigorous, humane and energizing . . . a must-read for everyone in organizations. — Kasper Holten, former Director of Opera, Royal Opera House
Full of wonderful stories and insights that challenge the conventional wisdom. — Dr Johannes Beermann, Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
A candid and readable book that goes to the heart of what it takes to lead in our slightly crazy organizations today. — Kim Boehr, Director of Music, Danish Broadcasting Corporation
Breaking Free of Bonkers is such a relief. At last someone is telling the truth about the current organizational world: the constant restructurings, the tick-box madness, the "management speak". It explains how the crazy things have happened and what you can do to break free. — Professor Clare Gerada, Past Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners