Shows managers at all levels how they can empower themselves to shape an organization they are proud of by developing positive political skills in their dealings with subordinates, peers, and superiors. Offers practical advice to help managers: counteract the bureaucratic pressures that encourage cautiousness, depAndency, buck-passing, and powerlessness; and create a strong vision of what an organization can become.One of the best-selling and most widely talked about management books of its time.Author Peter block shows how to effectively challenge the bureaucratic mentality that stifles initiative and breeds depAndency and manipulation in organizations. Addressing courage, greatness and meaning in life, Block offers practical strategies for kindling in oneself and others the entrepreneurial spirit that makes businesses thrive and leads to a more successful, fulfilling life.
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About the Author
PETER BLOCK is an organization development consultant and partner in the consulting firm of Block-Petrella-Weisbord, Inc. A charter member of Certified Consultant's International, he has more than twenty years' experience in consulting and designing and conducting training workshops. His previous book, Flawless Consulting, has won widespread praise.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Dilemmas of Managers in the Middle.
POLITICS IN THE WORKPLACE: REKINDLING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT.
Personal Choices That Shape the Work Environment.
Origins of the Bureaucratic Mentality.
Developing Antidotes for Bureaucracy.
POSITIVE POLITICAL SKILLS AT WORK.
Creating a Vision of Greatness: The First Step Toward Empowerment.
Building Support for Your Vision: Negotiating with Allies and Adversaries.
Balancing Autonomy and DepAndence: Peace with Those Around You.
Facing Organizational Realities: Continual Acts of Courage.
Enacting the Vision: The Essence of Empowerment.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book offers the middle-aged middle manager a strategy for surging ahead instead of sinking in an ocean of uncontrollable organizational forces. Author Peter Block provides strategies for countering the negative effects of being enmeshed in hierarchy and bureaucracy. Reactions to that experience, especially fear, lead to bureaucratic management styles that leave everyone in the company - sometimes even the CEO - feeling trapped and frustrated. The book wanders around and bogs down here and there, but we find that its advice - which strongly pushes self-awareness, vision and autonomy in the service of others - could muster middle management¿s entrepreneurial spirit.