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The Empowered Manager, Second Edition

Positive Political Skills at Work
Written by: Peter Block
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Empowerment produces the conditions for high performance. Especially for middle managers and below. Empowered cultures attract and retain talent. They produce high achievement, high accountability and high commitment.

The Empowered Manager uncovers a road map to creating a more accountable culture in today's fragmented and virtual world. Best-selling author Peter Block is a true visionary: author of the classic Flawless Consulting, his work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and reconciliation of community. In this book he returns his eye toward management to renew our efforts to create a shift in the traditional hierarchy. Twenty years after the original book, Block talks of why it is so difficult to both open the door to empowerment and, more importantly, have people walk through it. It is more important than ever to create a culture in which all members of an organization are treated as entrepreneurs, giving them ownership over their roles and responsibilities. This is in the face of the reality that most employees want safety, not the adventure of empowerment.

Peter enhances the first edition of the book by acknowledging employees wish for dependency. Their longing for the days when a job carried a promise of a future and companies cared more about the product and the people than about the money.

This is written primarily for people in the middle - good managers and employees who care more about doing good work and treating people right than ambition and making it into the ruling class. The upper middle and below is where there is the greatest need for great management. Which builds on valuing strengths and allowing talent the space to stretch and achieve almost independent of the power points of people at the top. This book shows you how a new approach to management empowers all employees at all levels and culminates in better business outcomes for the entire organization.

  • Help shape a culture of commitment
  • Develop the political skills to negotiate successfully
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Learn to fail up, and face setbacks with courage

If you feel controlled by bureaucracy, unrewarded for creativity, and, from a distance, powerless to control your own destiny, this book is the breath of fresh air your career has been craving. Timeless tips from a master of business strategy alongside a framework for more effective management makes The Empowered Manager a must-listen guide for anyone doing business today.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Peter Block (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Awesome!!

Loved it!! Must read! I have started listening it again. The concepts mentioned in the book are very powerful and will play a huge role in the way to build a great organization!

Clearly talks about What's Entrepreneurial mindset, patriarchal set up and how it is a hindrance for building empowered culture where each of the employees can consider themselves as the owners of the company and strive for excellence in whatever they do. Peter was able to beautifully explain why people hesitate to take up accountability and resort to the patriarchal approach and how it's not worth pursuing that route!

Politics is perceived as Bad thing in general and Peter bursts the myths around it and clearly explains the difference between positive and negative political skills! You think you don't use manipulation at work?! Read this one to figure out what's manipulation and what all subtle ways in which everyone use it.

The other important aspect of building strong positive political skills is to identify and how to deal with different types of people around you. Based on the degree of Trust and Agreement, the author categorizes them in to 5 types! Allies, Opponents, Bed fellows, Fence sitters and Adversaries! He also talks about and categorize people into different types of profiles and there characteristics.

Overall a must read for everyone (especially if you are a middle manager) who would like to learn about organizational politics and to know it's only you who is responsible for building the culture you would like to be part of!

Don't miss it!

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  • kristi
  • 26-11-19

monotonously preachy without vision

I made it to chapter 6 and that was about all I could take if hearing the same message of how bad patriarchal work environments are, without any insight into how to really improve them other than to be brave and entrepreneurial. politics are real, exist for a reason, and to pretend that being political is synonymous with being cowardly uninspired and devoid of greatness is a false dichotomy. successful people need to know how to be successful together and not at the expense of one another. If the author has something to say, I'd like to hear it before chapter 6

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  • Fipzee
  • 13-08-19

SOMETHING WEIRD WITH THE NARRATOR

I don’t know if it’s just me but this narrator sounds like a robot talking in a cardboard box. It was so off putting I just couldn’t get into the book. Sorry