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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This book is full of passion and offers important messages on organizational change through building an extraordinary culture that will drive long-term success. My Steam Engine is Broken provides a map for executives seeking to lead their organizations through the challenges of today and tomorrow.- Johan C. Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board, A.T. Kearney
This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is no less than a Luddite charter, promoting the complete destruction of traditional command and control structures as a necessary precursor to embedding the creativity, innovation and connectivity required in organizations suited to the new age of ideas. Bracing stuff!- Peter Rawlins, Founder, Rawlins Strategy Consulting and former Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange
This is a book that calls on leaders to put on their overalls, roll up their sleeves and start loosening the bolts of their organizations. It’s a book that invites bravery and imagination to rethink organizations in a way that will make them fit for the future and fit, crucially, for the most talented young people to join and thrive in.- Tracey Camilleri, Associate Fellow, programme director, The Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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.
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