Concluding with a tough question-and-answer session with Peter Block, The Right Use of Power will help prepare you for the changes, challenges and rewards coming in the new era of business - an era that has already begun.
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This book expounds on the ideas and concepts put forth in the author's earlier book "Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-interest." Peter questions many aspects of the basic business model we now work under, such as performance reviews, motivation, employee retention, profitability, etc. and suggests revolutionary changes in our thinking. Implementing his ideas will force us to think about the bigger picture, the impact of our actions on society, and how this will benefit all. The discussion here is a little more practical than in his other stewardship book, and he offers numerous examples to illustrate his points. He admits that much of what he says is experimental, but that change starts in pieces. The book ends with an interview where the moderator challenges Peter on the practicality of his ideas. If nothing else, his defenses will leave you thinking.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of levels. Peter Block offers some highly stimulating and original thinking about organizational and personal leadership that I found particularly useful. His laid back delivery and dry humour at times had me chuckling, particularly when he related situations that I have myself experienced. An essential listen for those interested in modern leadership beyond the 'Industrial age, command and control paradigm' as Mr Covey would put it.
"The Voice of Stewardship"
Peter Block's book made me realise how much potential there is pent up in ordinary people. People with purpose, shared values and an environment that fosters interdependence and respect, can do amazing things.
This builds on the great work of the likes of Stephen R Covey, Stephen RM Covey, Chip Conley. Other authors you might enjoy include Og Mandino, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, Harriet Braiker, Brene Brown, Peter Miller, Dan Ariely, Chip & Dan Heath, Kerry Patterson, Jonathan Haidt.
This isn't going to be for everyone. If you want a quick fix to a broken organisation, this isn't the book for you.
Applying the lessons of this book cannot be for the faint hearted. Block pulls no punches and had me rapt from the start.
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