A radical new approach to boss behaviour using Systems Thinking
Do you have a bad boss or have you had a bad boss? If you haven’t chances are, sadly, you will have one in the future. Bad bosses are everywhere, cutting across national and organisational boundaries.
Bosses induce anything from nervousness and anxiety to fear and absolute terror. But why do bosses behave badly? Why do apparently assertive and intelligent people bow down to bad bosses?
To solve the problem of bad bosses, conventional books tell you how to deal with a bad boss, or how to become a better boss yourself. But this new book makes the radical argument that bosses behave the way they do because of something outside of them. Similarly, something outside of you makes you behave submissively towards your bosses.
What’s that something? Through a field of study called Systems Thinking, this book investigates, and shows you why bosses are effectively programmed to be dictators.
"It's as normal to have a bad boss as it is to have a can of cola come out of a cola factory. It's abnormal to have a good boss."
- from my article in HRZone
The book also reveals how this results in our workplaces being built on the shaky foundation of fear, not freedom. It also provides real-life examples of the devastating consequences of the way organizations currently work, including:
The Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters (NASA)
The war on Iraq (CIA and other intelligence agencies)
The world's worst aviation accident (Cockpit crew/commercial airlines)
Ultimately, beyond getting you to do things differently, this book will change the way you look at the issue of leadership in organizations.