de:humanise is a radical new management book that takes an in-depth look at what really matters to organisations and where people fit into that picture. The question of how to manage people so as to achieve top results is at the forefront of management development; some say the answer is to bring out the best in people.
A satirical book – de:humanise takes readers on a journey where they will discover how to wring out the best from their people instead.
“It is my hope that while digesting this handbook, readers will uncover and rediscover the DNA of their organisation and how a covert mission of dehumanisation will help get their mojo back,” says author and Managing Director of Narrative Lab, Aiden Choles.
The book has been inspired by Choles’ work over the last 10 years where he has personally heard, captured and analysed over 10 000 stories from people in organisations.
Stories that relate to culture, values, leadership, change management, performance management and work-life balance. According to Choles, a common theme from all these stories is how people find their work and their work environment to be one of profound dehumanisation.
“I decided to write de:humanise as a satirical management handbook so that we can laugh at ourselves and reflect seriously on the ridiculous things we do as we both inherit dehumanisation at work as individuals, and sustain such practices in the way we manage people.”
The fourth and final chapter draws comparisons between how humanisers and de:dumanisers think and operate in relation to particular hot topics that impact work life; management philosophy fundamentals unpacked.
Angles covered among others include: working hours; control or command management styles; owning success; coaching during a salary review; expressing a viewpoint, motivation; and fun at work, etc.
de:humanise is available from Amazon in paperback ($11.95), on Kindle ($5.95), or from The Narrative Lab in South Africa in paperback (R150).
For more visit https://www.facebook.com/dehumanise.
About the Author
Aiden Choles is trained narrative therapist and spends his time running The Narrative Lab, an organisational development and applied research consultancy based in Johannesburg.
With a keen interest in how we author our worlds, Choles runs projects that aim to reauthor, reorganise and research the stories that hold us back and create a culture of “stuckness” in organisations.
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