Book Announcement: Liberated Companies

Are you tired of hearing about Agile, New Work, Lean, and Design Thinking?

Did you already experience how the marvelous values inherent to those approaches have been hijacked and corrupted into just another wave of corporate gimmickry?

Do you wonder how your company or team will ever be able to solve its problems more creatively and spirited?

Companies need an update. The way we run most companies today is detrimental on so many levels. It’s neither well-performing nor allowing technology and humans to flourish. Yet there are progressive organizations that show that through distributing power more evenly, we can make the workplace much better than ever before. This book shows how.

The Need

How to enable people to prosper alongside technology is all-important for any modern organization. The more technology inundates our lives, the more humans must be at the center of organizational design. They are the only ones that can make sense of its vast and ever-increasing possibilities. In current companies, people are rarely able to flourish. There is no sidestepping the issue that arbitrary power undermines people’s initiative, performance, and personal development. In the digital age, we need to find new mechanisms for sharing power to make everyone in an organization more powerful – without distributing power so much that companies become indecisive and unfocused.

This book offers a practical method for running companies ‒ using progressive work designs ‒ that is much better attuned to the digital age as well as to human needs. #liberatedcompanies

The Content

Liberated Companies is a business book for people at all levels who are looking for better ways of working yet find it hard to determine what precisely these better ways are. Much has been said and written about digitalization, the agile company, New Work, and the need for more self-management, yet almost everyone struggles to make sense of it all. So many good ideas, so much corporate gimmickry. Most people are uncertain about what’s really important and what really works.

Liberated Companies is a book about management in the age of digitalization. It provides orientation to master the ever-increasing complexity of the business world by showing that human collaboration is more actively malleable than we are accustomed to think or believe. By using and evolving work design configurations, ways of collaborating with one another, we can work ourselves and our organizations into new behaviors and mindsets. The book can be a travel companion on that journey. It provides a map and a compass for those seeking to navigate their company or their team to better human and economic outcomes for everyone in business and society.

The USP

This book helps readers to:

  • Design their organizations, companies, and teams much more actively than ever before.
  • Know what makes really matters for them and their organizations and what can be safely ignored.
  • Map and navigate their organizations’ journey through the digital age.
  • Lead their organizations with purpose, efficiency, and humanity
  • Appreciate, realize, and support everyone’s human potential much better. 
  • Manage in a way much more attuned to the needs of technology and of people. 

Because the book:

  • Makes the fallacies of hierarchical, empowered and self-managed models of working clear
  • Maps the complex territory of organizations in a unique representation of management practice, the “Liberated Company Map.”
  • Distinguishes, based on the situation of a company, those work designs that are most applicable for it out of a library of about 200 work designs
  • Provides a compass to the organizational journey, the “11 Principles of Liberated Companies.”
  • Delivers great examples by describing the configurations of work designs of one traditional and three leading progressive companies. 

The Author

Frank Thun has helped organizations around the globe to digitalize their operations as a Project manager, CIO, COO, and Coach. He studied Economics at the Universities of Kiel, Germany, and Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Masters Degree in Economics. He worked for start-ups and companies like Daimler, Volkswagen, Capgemini Ernst & Young, General Electrics, Nokia Networks, Bayer, Philips, Schneider Electric and Invensys.  

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I spend my lifetime looking for better ways to run teams and organizations. This is my attempt for a comprehensive answer. I hope you will find it useful.

Liberated Companies- How to Create Vibrant Organizations in the Digital Age“, 380 pages, will be available in hardcover and e-book worldwide in the second half of November.

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