Powerful: Building A Culture Of Freedom And Responsibility

If anything, this is a good book for testing your traditional paradigms on management and human resources. I confess that I found some of her insights and recommendations too definitive and binary, and yet, some key ideas in this book really grabbed my attention: (a) the radical operational freedom from the traditionally heavy authoritarianism of senior management and generally hierarchical organization, which she promotes; (b) the unapologetic rejection of trending approaches to employee satisfaction and HR success metrics; and the insistence on open, direct and candid communication. I found all of these ideas refreshing and even inspirational. If you are aspiring to succeed in a leadership position, I believe this book should be part of your education – regardless of how many of her ideas you decide to adopt.

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