Worth Reading

  • Jeffery Nielsen (2004) : The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations
    Although I only discovered this book recently, ten years after publication I recommend it highly. The heart of Neilsen's story is the difference between 'rank-based' and 'peer-based' organizations and why peer-based ones are right for today's knowledge-work work places. He makes his arguments clearly and explains how to create and manage peer-based organizations.
  • Edgar Schein (2009): Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help
    The title says it all. Knowledge-work 'lives' in relationships. Relationships are missing from management and work. Helping gives us a place to start to put them back into work.
  • Matthew B. Crawford (2009): Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
  • Adam Kahane (2004): Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities
    A practical view of how to handle tough problems, with stories illustrating some really tough ones. Whether we succeed or not, talking and listening is the key.
  • Etienne Wenger (1998): Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity
    The only really original perspective on organizations and work since scientific management.
  • Gordon MacKenzie (1998): Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
    Emphasizing the importance of staying creative, this is a delightful, enlightening look at working in the 'tomb' of corporate culture.

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