Over the last few decades, power, information and resources havemoved from being concentrated in the hands of a few, to beingdisbursed across many. We need look no further than events on theworld stage to see the heat signature of this - from thearrival of Wikileaks, the Arab Spring of 2011 and the Occupymovements, to the social media revolution and flashpoints such asthe British Members of Parliament expenses scandal. All areexamples of deep change occurring.
This book is about what this means for the workplace and formanagement. The proposition offered here is that ourorganisations need to catch up, and that the "death ofdeference" that we are seeing elsewhere in society needs tobe accelerated in the workplace.
Systems of deference slow down organisational performance. Deference prevents organisations from learning. It stops themfrom being agile, innovative and ethical. Deference is theenemy of organisational success and it needs to be dismantled sothat in its place we can build modern organisations with a newbreed of managers and leaders. This book offers a solution toa problem that belongs in the last century, and a game plan fornothing short of a workplace revolution.
"If deference is dead, this book is about the resurrection ofthe effective manager in a world where nothing is quite the way itused to be. Powerful and thought-provoking from start tofinish."
- JeremyVine, BBC Presenter and Author
"Never Mind the Bosses is a refreshing type ofmanagement book, it advocates that deference to authority figuresneeds to go if we are to have engaged workforces."
- Cary L.Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychologyand Health at Lancaster University Management School
"An engaging and entertaining romp through the post punk world.By going beyond the boundaries of most business books, Ryde givesus all food for thought about how organisations are, or are not,dealing with a rapidly changing society and workforce."
- Jo Owen,bestselling author of 'How to Manage' and 'How toLead'
"If you are looking for a book that will shake up yourthinking about how to improve your organization's performance- or worried that your competitors will find it first!- try this one."
- Professor Dutch Leonard, Harvard Business School & HarvardUniversity's John F. Kennedy School of Government