Book review: The Extraordinary Workplace

Emma de Vita reviews the new book by Danna Beal

Off the shelf
Off the shelf

Author Danna Beal has a mission: to replace fear with trust and compassion in the workplace.

Sounds like a tempting idea? She wants managers to stop disempowering their employees and for co-workers to cease sabotaging each other. It's time to put ego in its place so that inner security and freedom can be attained and relationships can be built on compassion and trust. Workplace nirvana, perhaps?

The Extraordinary WorkplaceWhat do you need to do to transform yourself into an enlightened leader? According to Beal, "the leader must be genuine or the energy exchange between the leader and group members will not foster growth and inspiration". You must lead with a compassionate heart and swap personal goals for collective decision-making. It means containing your ego so the free flow of creative energy from the group process is unblocked.

"Leaders who use dominance to control their employees cause suppression of emotions, which results in internal competition and lack of cooperation," writes Beal. If this is you, take a step back, play some meditative music and relax. Humility, compassion and acceptance - think of it as your new managerial mantra.

- Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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