“Reinventing management thinking is a terrific book. It is a great business studies manual, and a superb contribution to the application of psychology in business and leadership. It is very meticulous and thorough in spelling out precise stressors in workplaces and exactly how these stressors impact on the biological needs and resources (the “human givens”) of employees. Reading it made me want to rush out and sort out all the ailing and dysfunctional organisations around here. The clarity of the depiction of human emotional needs and resources is also highly valuable to all of us attempting to utilise them in various fields of endeavour outside that of direct therapeutic practise where they were developed. Addressing vital human needs within an organisation, as well ethically addressing the organisation’s functional role in meeting the needs of the wider community, are both important outcomes this book will facilitate.” Michael Grevis, Mentor and author.
At last a natural and human explanation of management at its best. This book is written for people who want to function in groups and cannot quite put their finger on why it seems like such hard work. It shows how treating people like humans is not a management crime and provides a blueprint for success, written in natural language that resonates with people who want to work and live well – work to live rather than live to work. Salescallexpert.
This book provides the hard evidence Directors and HR professionals need to swim with the tide of human potential
I’ve known Jeremy Old for thirty plus years and when I opened his book and started reading it, I knew immediately that a lifetime’s experiences and thought processes had gone into it. It’s a testament to best practice and the way humanity should be engaged in business and it needs to be read my so many people, especially in large enterprises. Business is about people and a fundamental aspect of society, so they are inseparable and yet, greedy, shortsighted and frankly overly aggressive profit motives override this all too often. This book provides the hard evidence Directors, Owner Managers and HR professionals need to swim with the tide of human potential and not against it and/or in spite of it. Geoff Chown
I feel very privileged to have this book on my bookshelf, I can’t say the amount of times that I have used it for reference. I find the author’s insights, absolutely invaluable. They give me insight into business situations that most people are completely oblivious to. Yes, at times practising the principles of these insights can be challenging, but they are growthful. For instance, reading the section on ‘beliefs’ and how they obstruct organisational learning came just at the right moment for me, after I had ‘rocked the boat’ by pointing out fallacies and flaws in a company presentation. It was amazing to see how quickly the thought police came out! The book helped me to better understand the situation. George Steven.
This is a wonderfully insightful book that I will definitely refer to time and time again. It is obvious that this book is the culmination of years of extensive research and experience, but what transpires is a refreshingly innovative approach to achieving world class leadership and highly productive organisations. The 30 stressors’ model will undoubtedly be used by progressive business leaders to dramatically improve the organisational health and performance of their businesses through an involved and collaborative leadership approach. Amazon customer.
This book covers all aspects of leadership and management, but all through the lens of stress, which is an interesting new angle. There are some really unusual nuggets hidden away in this book, like the link to the Super conscious Unified Field page 81. the fact that Mr Old is against targets (some great reasons are given on page 135) and a brilliant list of traits of a socialised psychopath on page 211. Certainly worth a look. C. Croft
A must have for serious leaders who want an engaged workforce. ‘Reinventing management thinking’ provides science-based prescriptive instructions on how to lead that are often the reverse of conventional leadership clichés. Lets face it disengagement among employees is rife across the western world and this is down in most part to the way we are encouraged to lead by a burgeoning ‘leadership industry’. So something needs to change and it looks like Jeremy Old has set a fuse that will explode a lot of leadership myths.
Science based book for lay people
Excitingly all his workaday advice is backed up by real evidence from neuroscience and modern psychotherapy. His organisational stress model is particularly helpful. The model provides a step-by-step guide to what we are doing wrong. With each of his thirty stressors he provides specific practical means to rectify leadership thinking and behaviour. These I find are entirely in line with the way the human mind works. His remedies to organisational stress are not the usual stress management palliatives. They are instead practical techniques, methods and so on that go to the root cause of stress in organisational life.
I particularly like his approach that the real point to the leadership function is providing a structure and style that enables people to stay in their ‘natural brain state’. The reasoning being that so much of what we do as leaders today presses the stress button. This gets not just our people to underperform but the whole organisation to underperform. His thinking in this respect is in line with systems thinking. Change the system and you change the behaviour. Stop the system from being stressful and you stop people being stressed seems to be his motto.
I wish I had read this book years ago …
His concept of ‘stressed decision-making is a CRIME’ is a real gem. The author’s five steps of impulsive stressed thinking resonate disturbingly with some of my own past experiences. I wish I had read this book years ago. Even more so, I wish my previous bosses had as well. What a difference that would have made to my own life and career. Anyone who is seriously intent on becoming useful as a leader needs to study this book painstakingly. There is simply so much in it of practical help to running any organisation. I know I will read it again and again to squeeze the last drop of good sense out of it. Sarge 55