Reworking Authority: Leading and Following in a Post-Modern Organization

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One critical change in how people work, argues Larry Hirschhorn, is that they are expected to bring more of themselves psychologically to the job. To facilitate this change, it is necessary to create a new culture of authority—one in which superiors acknowledge their dependence on subordinates, subordinates can challenge superiors, and both are able to show their vulnerability.

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Larry Hirschhorn is principal and senior research manager at the Wharton Center for Applied Research.

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A principal at the Center for Applied Research in Philadelphia, Hirschhorn examines here the psychological dynamic of the work environment. Drawing on his years of experience as a consultant, he delves into the miasma of interpersonal relationships, bringing to light unpleasant feelings like envy, resentment, and ingratitude. Real-world examples illustrate his points. The writing is clear, although the paragraphs tend to be quite long and the poor choice of typeface gives a crammed look. Appearances aside, the message is important: workers and employers must strive to find common ground and have a civil dialog for healing postmodern wounds in the workplace, caused by the steady advance of uncertainty. For public libraries.?Randy L. Abbott, Univ. of Evansville Libs., Ind.
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