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Creating Authentic Organizations

Creating Authentic Organizations

Bringing Meaning and Engagement Back to Work

Robin Ryde, Lisa Sofianos

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Ensure increased levels of innovation, productivity and adaptiveness to change with this framework for authentic leadership.

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About the book

Our identity is often bound up what we do at work. The work we do goes some way to describing who we are, what we stand for and it reveals, in one dimension at least, a tangible and valued contribution that we make to the world. Authenticity in organizations matters more than ever.

In today's complex and global economy it's more important than ever that we empower employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Doing so leads to increased innovation, productivity, more thoughtful risk-taking, a sense of responsibility and enhanced adaptiveness to change. Creating Authentic Organizations goes beyond the remit of authentic leadership and shows how the concept of authenticity can and should be applied to your organization. It offers a new management framework based on the freedom to operate, meaningful dialogue and a deep search for personal meaning at work; autonomy and the opportunity to make an impact is a key driver of productivity.

With simple and powerful models and strategies to bring about workplace authenticity, this bold and cutting-edge approach will show you how to ensure more authentic dialogue and encourage open and meaningful discussion around threats and challenges. Creating Authentic Organizations gives you the tools to bridge the gap between the corporate persona and the authentic self, leading to greater employee engagement, well-being and organizational resilience. Online supporting resources include an authenticity and freedoms diagnostic tool and guidance notes.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: The building blocks of authenticity: A summary for busy people;
    • Chapter - 02: Solomon’s solution;
    • Chapter - 03: A design for workplace authenticity;
    • Chapter - 04: The first freedom: The Freedom to Operate;
    • Chapter - 05: The second freedom: The Freedom to Speak;
    • Chapter - 06: The third freedom: The Freedom to Actualize;
    • Chapter - 07: Assessing authenticity and freedoms: A self-completion diagnostic;
    • Chapter - 08: The management task in authentic organizations;
    • Chapter - 09: Beyond the tipping point


A thought-provoking read from Ryde and Sofianos and a voice of sanity in the asylum...
Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership and Management, Warwick Business School

Ryde and Sofianos have unmasked 'authenticity' as the critical link to worker survival and organizational sustainability.
Virginia Haussegger AM, ABC News Anchor, Australia and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Ryde and Sofianos thoughtfully and thoroughly frame the rights and responsibilities
required to make organizations and individuals successful.

Kai Peters, Chief Executive, Ashridge Business School

Creating Authentic Organizations is a must-read for any HR professional.
Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, Lancaster University, and Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School

It is refreshing to find a book that explains why the best way to run a business is to be yourself, respect your people and trust everyone with the freedom to do their job in their own way and in their own space.
John Timpson, Chairman, Timpson Ltd


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749471439
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 208 pages

About the Author

Robin Ryde is an international leadership consultant, established author and Co-Director of Robin Ryde Consulting, Academic Director of Australia's largest senior public service leadership programme, the Executive Fellows Program. With a background in leadership and organizational development, he was the youngest person to direct the British Prime Minister's flagship leadership development programmes, one of the largest programmes of its kind in Europe.

Lisa Sofianos is an Executive Coach, leadership developer and Co-Director of Robin Ryde Consulting. Having worked with a broad spectrum of companies she works with senior executives through various challenges, specializing in leadership resilience, coping with transition and helping leaders deal with intractable issues.

Robin Ryde

Lisa Sofianos

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