What are you reading these days?#brainfood
What are you reading these days?#brainfood
Only published in Dutch now, however they are working on a translation to English already. It is "De meeste mensen deugen" ("Most people are good") by Rutger Bregman.
It gives an interesting perspective on whether we humans, are good or bad, based on psychology, economy, biology and archaeology. And what this perspective means for our society.
And the same, for how we organize our work. Do we need all these managers, procedures, rules and controls? Or could we actually trust each other slightly more?
I really liked this NY-times article from Salesforce founder Marc Benioff:
This are some inspiring articles from this month that highlight some of of our Bucket List pioneers;
First, a piece by Prof. Isaac Getz on i.e. Handelsbanken;
Second, Kate Gatacre on Buurtzorg;
And last, Adam Gale on W.L. Gore;
Just read this interesting piece titled "Why the CEO of this multi-billion dollar firm wants to ‘unboss’ companies":
This morning I read this fascinating interview with Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia:
This is an interesting experiment with the 4 day workweek by Microsoft in Japan. With impressive results;
More brainfood here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FfVSq1jqdo&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
A documentary (Dutch with English subtitles) on working in self-managed care teams at an organization called Amstelring.
I've got a few books on the go and for the first time in a long time I've picked up a book that is Historical Fiction. It's the The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It's definitely a book worth reading. Alongside that I'm also reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind then starting on 21 Lessons for the 21st Century both by Yuval Noah Harari.
I'm currently reading "New Work needs Inner Work" by Joana Breidenbach and Bettina Rollow. Currently only available in German, but an English translation is in the makes.
It focuses on the internal structures we need when we move away from providing external structures (be it hierarchies, processes to follow, etc).
In the1960 Avis was a progressive organization. The then CEO Robert Townshend wrote a very witty book, putting his (rebellious) principles into a few dozen principles. A book like a time travel back to the '60s. It made me wonder why so little progress has been made in today's organizations.
I've been re-reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Oddly it is all the reading about new ways of working that made it call to me from the bookshelf. I wasn't sure why.
And then I spotted this passage about mindsets in hierarchical, machine-thinking organisations and I knew exactly why. "If a factory is torn down, but the rationality that produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory."
That pretty neatly sums up what the movement is about for me. Changing the rationality.
Currently reading "Tribal Leadership", Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization.
I very much like the practical angle of the book. Really tries to give insights and help the reader by providing coaching tips for how to improve the culture within your (organizational) Tribe. Lots of great case examples.
Just finished reading “Yes to Mess: surprising leadership lessons from Jazz” by Frank J. Barrett.
The book is from 2012, but has anticipated a lot of the topics you’ve covered in the trends. The author makes a parallel with Jazz and Improvisation: he himself has been a jazz pianist. Really some good food for thought.
Here are my top 3 recommendations that have led me to #corporaterebels website and book this 2019!:
- The Age of Agile by Steve Denning;
- An Intimate History Of Humanity by Zheodore Zedlin; (check out his project too: https://oxfordmuse.com/)
- and of course.. Reinventing Organisations by Frederick Laloux.
Looking forward to adding #corporaterebels book to the list ;)
This is an inspiring list. I just finished reading "Ego: The Game of Life" by Frank Schirrmacher. I cannot really find a good word to describe what I felt when reading this book, it was very hard to put it away. I found a lot of conclusive explanation why things evolved the way they did around commercialization of, well, everything (including social life and the individual mind). Based on numerous sources (almost 40 pages of referenced literature) he follows the history of the model "homo oeconomicus" and related concepts like rational choice theory to show how these models spread in all life areas and change real people´s behaviour and thinking, with the ultimate goal of reducing humans to calculable objects. It is disturbing, but to me it provided even more reason to search for ways to save and bring back humanness - for example in the work place.
Link to a post I wrote recently on LinkedIn. Ánd Corporate Rebels is on the list too (not the book (yet), the movement). See: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mathijs-van-schijndel-7ab07221_inspiration-change-transition-activity-6618801008900403200-cFjQ
I found this book great. You might like also the book "The connected leader" , available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.de/Connected-Leader-Creating-Organizations-Performance/dp/074944830X