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on 16 December 2013
Becoming a better boss looks at why so many bosses today are ineffective. Examining the gap between knowing best practise and putting it to work, Birkinshaw's book looks what has historically held bosses back from working with their employees better - essentially, understanding how to manage from their perspective.
Birkinshaw looks at ways of doing this, how to overcome organisational inertia and cites examples of organisations which have done this effectively.
It's a thought-provoking, useful guide which certainly got me thinking and stimulated a number of thoughts about how to apply it in my job and where I could be a better boss. It also spends a chapter at the end looking at where the working world is going and why an employee-centric organisation is necessary now and in the future.
If I had one critique of the book, it would be that Birkinshaw may underestimate the power of inertia - he does mention it a few times, but unless all the bosses and organisations in the world read his book, the pace of change may well be slower than he hopes. However, this is very much predicting the future, so it's a minor critique if at all. Overall, very readable, very thought-provoking.