The Beauty of the Beast

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-03-13
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Reviewing more than 30 years of work with organizations, Geoffrey Bellman offers his insight into the nature of these beasts in all their madness, mystery, wretchedness, and wonderfulness -- and points the way out of the whole chaotic mess. He suggests that by recognizing the beast in themselves, readers will feel less distant from -- and more responsible for creating and improving -- these troubling structures.Bellman combines the beauty and beast aspects of organizations into 20 renewal and redesign principles that teach how to embrace the organizational world while working hard to change it.

Author Biography

Geoff Bellman is an award-winning author. He is a founding member of the Woodlands Group and the Community Consulting Project, as well as a long-time member of the American Society for Training and Development and the Organization Development Network.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part I Facing the Beast 1(34)
Hating and Loving Organizations
Accepting Organizations for What They Are
Creating a Bureaucracy to Curse
Part II Searching for the Beauty 35(36)
Essential Questions for Organizations
Aspiring to Life
Signs of Life in Your Organizations
Part III Finding Beauty Within Beast 71(52)
The Reach for Renewal
The Roots of Renewal
The Response to Renewal
The Realities of Renewal
Part IV Renewing Organizations, Groups, and Individuals 123(30)
Renewing a Large Organizations
Bringing Work Groups to Life
Praticing Renewal Daily
Conclusion: The Choices We Make 153(4)
Related Resources 157(2)
Index 159(6)
About the Author 165

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