Summary of The Empowered Manager

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The Empowered Manager book summary
No one in a bureaucracy is going to give you empowerment. To be an autonomous manager, you have to seize it.


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This book offers the middle-aged middle manager a strategy for surging ahead instead of sinking in an ocean of uncontrollable organizational forces. Author Peter Block provides strategies for countering the negative effects of being enmeshed in hierarchy and bureaucracy. Reactions to that experience, especially fear, lead to bureaucratic management styles that leave everyone in the company - sometimes even the CEO - feeling trapped and frustrated. The book wanders around and bogs down here and there, but getAbstract finds that its advice - which strongly pushes self-awareness, vision and autonomy in the service of others - could muster middle management’s entrepreneurial spirit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to avoid being trapped by midmanagement bureaucracy - even as a midmanager;
  • How to use positive politics; and
  • How vision, empowerment, entrepreneurship and autonomy can create the organization where you want to work.


The Truth about Empowerment
In recent years, empowerment has emerged as a major organizational objective. Yet few organizations really manage to harness its power. Organizations do not really empower people and, in fact, it may be impossible for them to empower anyone. Why? Empowerment...
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About the Author

Peter Block has been an organizational development consultant for more than 25 years. He is also the author of Flawless Consulting.

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