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The Fear-free Organization

The Fear-free Organization

Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture

Paul Brown, Joan Kingsley, Sue Paterson

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Take an alternative path to organizational success with neuroscience insights into why using power, threats and scare tactics is a huge corporate mistake.

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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.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: The person;
    • Chapter - 01: Fear essentials and the development of the Self;
    • Chapter - 02: The brain;
    • Chapter - 03: Memories are made of this;
    • Chapter - 04: Relationships;
    • Chapter - 05: Trust;
  • Section - TWO: The organization, energy flow and profit;
    • Chapter - 06: Fear in the workplace;
    • Chapter - 07: The nature of energy;
    • Chapter - 08: Leaders and HR;
  • Section - THREE: The future of organizations;
    • Chapter - 09: The role of leadership;
    • Chapter - 10: Change, adaptability and flow;
    • Chapter - 11: The fear-free organization;


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

Beautifully written, clearly structured and brimming with compelling case studies, this new work transports us into the psychological core of organizational life and provides us with rich recipes for understanding the complex and often tortured dynamics of the workplace.
Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the London Centre for Child Mental Health

If you work in an organization, you already know this: fear runs the place. What you may not know is that fear is going to ruin it, too, sooner or later. This book tells us why. Then it tells us how to change that.
Nancy Kline, author of Time to Think

The jewel in the crown of all the recent books on this subject... All leaders of complex organizations should have this book by their bedside and their office.
Professor Patrick Pietroni, Director, Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, University of Chester

This book superbly explains what is really going on together with fascinating insights on the fears that all of us have experienced in the workplace and which have such a destructive effect on culture. And then the authors provide some practical advice on how to change things for the better.
Charlie Geffen, Chair, London Corporate, Gibson Dunn

[T]he essential manual for effective management. It provides the practical methods needed to motivate people to do their best work. The authors explain, simply and understandably, how to apply the most advanced neuroscientific insights to business management. It is ground breaking and indispensable.
Dotson Rader, Contributing Editor, Parade

Fear pervades the workplace. It corrodes profits and stunts growth. This essential read equips CEOs with the tools to build a fear-free environment -and success.
Robin Morgan, CEO, Iconic Images

[I]t outlines a range of effective, practical strategies to help build a healthier environment that can deliver real and measurable benefits to the individual, teams and the organization - the fear-free organization.
Dr Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive

Leadership is about making sense, and this book makes a lot of sense. I highly recommend it for leaders, and those who aspire to become one.
Rien Herber, former Shell Executive and Professor at Groningen University

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749472955
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd July 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x155
  • 256 pages

About the Author

Dr Paul Brown is Faculty Professor, Organizational Neuroscience, Monarch Business School Switzerland; Honorary Chairman of the Vietnam Consulting Group and International Director of SIRTailors. He is a clinical and organizational psychologist and executive coach.

Joan Kingsley is a consultant clinical and organizational psychotherapist. She is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and is on the psychotherapist register of the School of Life. Joan is registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

Dr 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. In 2010 she set up her own consultancy.

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