Never Mind the Bosses

Never Mind the Bosses

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Ryde, Robin Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, 2013 Audio summary available
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Never Mind the Bosses by Robin Ryde introduces a management approach that eschews hierarchal leadership in favor of a more relaxed, informal management style that values the input and opinions of workers at every organizational level. Ryde’s disdain for deferential treatment based on titles and positions that permeates most organizations is obvious, and he warns that an environment that fosters deference stifles creativity and honesty, and results in parent-child relationships that breed hostility, resentment, and disrespect. He devotes an entire chapter to the British punk rock movement of the 60s and 70s, showing how the movement struck a blow to the spirit of deference, and how companies can learn from the tactics employed throughout the movement. Ryde also uses several other examples, including the social media revolution and recent events in the Middle East, to show how change can disrupt deference and create positive outcomes.