Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work

Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work

by Peter Block, Block


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ISBN-13: 9781555422653
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.58(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

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Table of Contents


The Author.

Introduction: The Dilemmas of Managers in the Middle.


Personal Choices That Shape the Work Environment.

Origins of the Bureaucratic Mentality.

Developing Antidotes for Bureaucracy.


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.

Annotated Bibliography.


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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.