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The Fear-free Organization

Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture

Take an alternative path to organizational success with neuroscience insights into why using power, threats and scare tactics is a huge corporate mistake.
EAN: 9780749472955
Edition: 1
Format: 234x155
256 pages

About the book

Evidence from neuroscience shows that individuals and organizations are more successful when people are encouraged to take risks, explore new ideas, and channel their energies in ways that work for them. And yet many organizations are filled with bullies, vicious gossip, undermining behaviours, hijacking tactics, political jockeying for position, favouritism and other factors that instil fear and impede productivity. It is no wonder that organizations are actively looking at how they can improve and maintain the psychological health and wellbeing of their employees to the benefit of all concerned. The Fear-free Organization reveals how our new understanding of the neurobiology of the self - how the brain constructs the person - can transform for the better the way our businesses and organizations work.

Academic yet accessible, The Fear-free Organization addresses head on the issue that scared people spend a lot more time plotting their survival than working productively. The book helps leaders understand the neurobiology of fear, face the damage it is doing, and replace it with building relationships, managing energy flow and fostering trust. It guides you in making your workplace one that's full of energy, not adrenalin; focused on possibility, not profit; and generates independent thinking, not obedience so you can promote the psychological wellbeing that is strongly correlated with greater energy, motivation and better cognitive function.

About the authors

Paul Brown

Dr Paul Brown is Faculty Professor for Organisational Neuroscience, Monarch Business School Switzerland; Honorary Chairman of the Vietnam Consulting Group, Saigon, and International Director of SIRTailors, Saigon. He is a clinical and organisational psychologist and executive coach and has recently co-authored Neuropsychology for Coaches (2012) and Neuroscience for Leadership (2015). He lives in Vietnam, teaches in the UK and consults worldwide.

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Joan Kingsley

Joan Kingsley is a Consultant Clinical and Organisational Psychotherapist. She has a private practice in London, is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and is on the Psychotherapist register of the School of Life. Joan Kingsley works with senior management in business organisations, sits on the Board of Directors of two UK companies and is Vice President of a New York-based organisation. Joan is a member of The New York Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and is registered with the UKCP.

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Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson is an oil and gas professional with over 30 years' UK and international experience. She worked for Shell International in exploration, new business development and JV management, as well as talent management, leadership development, learning and recruitment. She has led teams in-country and across continents. In 2010 she set up her own oil and gas consultancy, and in 2012 became the Director of an international management consultancy. She is a qualified IOD Chartered Director, and has board experience in the oil, public and voluntary sectors.

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I wish I had read something like this a long time ago. In my decades as a corporate leader, I observed and learned the hard way about a lot of themes in the book.... I came to know these things were real over the years but never really understood why they were happening until reading this book.

Thomas M. Botts, retired Executive Vice President, Royal Dutch Shell