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The Enlightened Organization

The Enlightened Organization

Executive Tools and Techniques from the World of Organizational Psychology

Catherine Berney

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Use tools and techniques from organisational psychology to cultivate an authentic business culture and develop an enlightened, successful organisation.

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About the book

This empowering book presents leaders, executives and HR professionals with the psychological models, tools and techniques they need to build a more effective, more enlightened organization. Taking a clear, practical and accessible approach it offers direction for developing fundamental areas of insight, skill and expertise and for seeing more clearly in the changing commercial landscape in which today's businesses operate.

Threaded with recent international case studies that highlight the new skills and competencies required by business professionals, this essential book provides a framework for navigating the interconnected landscape in which we all increasingly work. The Enlightened Organization is a toolkit that any thinking person working in an organization can use to help them connect more meaningfully with their purpose and role. It will enable you to become the best you can be, and in the process create a more successful organization.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: The issues;
    • Chapter - 01: Complexity and change: Letting go of the illusion of control;
    • Chapter - 02: A new reality for organizations: Managing risk and reputation;
    • Chapter - 03: Leaders and managers taking up their role: New skills and competencies required;
  • Section - TWO: The personal and the interpersonal;
    • Chapter - 04: Ways in: Theories of the unconscious as a resource;
    • Chapter - 05: Ways into self: Me;
    • Chapter - 06: Ways into the other: Me and you;
    • Chapter - 07: Ways into the group: Me, you and other too;
  • Section - THREE: System and context;
    • Chapter - 08: The system: Working from the inside out;
    • Chapter - 09: The context: Working from the outside in;
  • Section - FOUR: Governance;
    • Chapter - 10: Governance and the enlightened organization: Directing performance for the longer term


I like this book. Catherine Berney is a wise and practical companion on the leader's journey. She speaks with equal sense about the individual, about courageous conversations between colleagues, about groups and systems, risks and solutions. This book is built on good theory and will stimulate good practice.
Mark Goyder, Founder Director, Tomorrow’s Company

Although the title says it all, the full understanding of what the author sets forth for us about this new working dynamic and why we seriously need to grasp these concepts became more and more clear with every 'enlightening' chapter.
Carol Vahey, Global Consultant, Head of Talent Development for one of the top global fund management companies

This book is an essential read for business leaders operating in an increasingly demanding and complicated world. With traditional management strategies less and less relevant, The Enlightened Organization provides a set of simple tools to help us navigate this new environment with skill and ease.
Mary Heaney, Director, Futurelex and The Global Legal Post

As organizations and their leaders face more complex challenges, they need new tools. But the tools offered by consultants often fail to connect the organizational challenge to our own lived experience. Catherine Berney's wide-ranging and highly readable book rests on an invaluable insight -- the way to understand and meet the needs of organizations is to understand and meet our own needs as human beings. This book can help you become a better leader and a more fulfilled person.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

Berney bridges multiple disciplines to offer wisdom and clarity into the heart of what matters in business.
Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749470272
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd May 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x155
  • 224 pages

About the Author

Catherine Berney BCL is a Solicitor, Mediator, MSc Organizational Psychology, Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Visiting Fellow Cranfield School of Management and FRSA. Facilitator, lecturer, consultant and non-executive director, Catherine has over 20 years' international experience facilitating the learning and development of organizations, individuals and groups across all business sectors. Passionate about building awareness, insight and capability, she works systemically with clients to support their growth and development.

Catherine Berney