My Steam Engine Is Broken

Taking the organization from the Industrial era to the age of ideas

By Dr. Mark Powell and Jonathan Gifford

An inspirational manifesto for companies to modernize and prepare for business in the 21st century.

My Steam Engine is Broken is an important management book to help companies and managers achieve future success.

It comes with a strong warning about the urgent need for change – but also with practical solutions to help companies transform into 21st-century organizations – and is packed with original research and interviews with companies and their leaders.

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Overview of My Steam Engine is Broken

Taking the organization from the industrial era to the age of ideas

The typical structure of today’s corporate organization was essentially invented in the 19th century and based deliberately on the military’s “command and control” model and on the hierarchical pyramid of the Catholic Church. As such, it is outmoded and not equipped to deliver corporate success in the 21st century.

My Steam Engine is Broken calls on a fresh generation of organizational leaders to stop trying to fix a broken and outmoded structure, and to create new, successful working structures that work with, not against, people’s natural modes of behaviour.

The authors explore the way in which the Steam Engine organizational model is no longer offering job satisfaction to its members precisely (and paradoxically) because members are not being enabled, and are often being prevented, from delivering what the organization most needs from them: self-direction, innovation, leadership and heartfelt commitment.

About the Authors

Dr Mark Powell

Mark Powell is a Partner at global consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, where he has spent 10 years directing leadership programmes. He lectures on subjects including strategy development, leadership, power and influence, and strategic relationship building. Mark read Economics and Management and gained a PhD in Organizational Behaviour both from the University of Cambridge. He started his career with Scientific Generics, a technology consulting company, followed by Powergen (now Eon) and moved into consultancy, spending nine years with Accenture. Mark ran several start-up businesses and has held Partner roles in KPMG, Aon and Fujitsu. He combines consultancy with leadership development, teaching and writing, and is one of the first UK Gurus of the Futureworld Organization (

Jonathan Gifford

Jonathan Gifford is a business author whose writing focuses on the human aspects of business and leadership. He spent the early part of his career with UK national newspapers and BBC Magazines where he was launch publisher of the award-winning BBC History Magazine. Before joining with Mark Powell to co-author My Steam Engine Is Broken, Jonathan's writings explored the human aspects of business and leadership. His books include 100 Great Business Leaders; Blindsided: How business and society are shaped by our irrational and unpredictable behaviour; History Lessons: What business and management can learn from the great leaders from history; 100 Great Leadership Ideas and 100 More Great Leadership Ideas. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and Indonesian.

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