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

Dr Mark Powell is a business writer, consultant and entrepreneur. He spent ten years as an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Saïd Business School where he specialised in designing and directing senior executive leadership programmes. He lectures on subjects including strategy development, leadership, power and influence, strategic relationship building and customer and employee engagement and was one of the first UK gurus in the Futureworld network, A business and strategy consultant for over 25 years, Mark has held Partner roles in Accenture, Fujitsu, Aon, KPMG and A.T. Kearney, in addition to running several start-up businesses. Mark also had a long and successful career as a competitive Latin American dancer during which he won more than 50 titles including four English, two British and two World Championships. His increasing focus has been on the ability to use a deep understanding of the performing arts to solve modern day business challenges. He has co-authored three books with Jonathan Gifford – My Steam Engine is Broken, Perform to Win and Machiavellian Intelligence and is a founding Partner, with Jonathan, of The Human Energy Organisation (

Jonathan Gifford

Jonathan Gifford is a business author whose books include History Lessons; Blindsided; 100 Great Leadership Ideas, 100 More Great Leadership Ideas and 100 Great Business Leaders. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and Indonesian. Jonathan’s previous career was in newspapers and magazines; he worked in advertising sales and management for The Guardian, the Daily Star, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday before joining BBC Worldwide, where he was publisher of BBC Music Magazine and launch publisher of BBC History Magazine. Jonathan shares Mark’s conviction that the techniques and mindsets of performing artists offer valuable lessons for modern business, helping to create highly-functional business ensembles focussed on delivering winning performances.

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