A Company Discovers Its Soul: A Year in the Life of a Transforming Organization
A Company Discovers Its Soul is the engaging story of a year in the life of a fictional, yet true-to-life company as it undergoes profound transformation. Grounded in the author's own experience, it is a tale that probes' deeply into the "soul issues" of organizational life and offers an inspiring portrayal of how new principles and concepts evolve in everyday business reality.
Randall Hawkes was trained in modern business schools and is CEO of a company founded by his grandfather - a traditional, hierarchical organization that is facing decreasing profits, low morale, and competitors who are taking market share. Recognizing that the managerial techniques he learned in school are now producing dis-ease in himself, his family, his staff, and the organization, Randall gradually learns to see the Hawkes Company as a living community.
Author Alan Green examines the changes that take place in the lives the company's top management as they struggle to achieve greater effectiveness previously prevented by their control-oriented, narrowly functional roles. Readers will learn along with Randall as he combines the roles of servant, steward, partner, and leader in an effort to create an organizational culture that fosters creativity, cooperation, and resiliency.
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