Never Mind the Bosses : Hastening the Death of Deference for Business Success

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-28
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Never Mind the Bosses is about modernising corporations and institutions to make sure that energy, potential and talent is not wasted in favour of those in power. It's about levelling control so that previously disadvantaged people are empowered rather than having to immediately defer to those in a higher position. By concentrating decision-making power in the hands of the deferred to, the opportunities for broadening and sharing responsibility are significantly reduced. This is not in the interest of the company as it prevents the diversity of voices, ideas and solutions that might otherwise flow through the organisation. Never Mind the Bosses gives insights into how to spot organisational deference, to understand the dynamic behind it and to create alternative ways of doing business that deliver better results and therefore more engaged and fulfilled employees.

Author Biography

Robin Ryde is a business author, inspiring speaker and an original thinker in the world of organisation and leadership development. As a former CEO, HR Director and Board-level executive, Robin has worked broadly across the commercial and public sector.  Robin currently supports organisations big and small through his roles as the Head of Leadership with the Oxford Group, Academic Director with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), Visiting Fellow of Ashridge Business School and Director of Robin Ryde Consulting Ltd.  For more information about Robin Ryde Consulting visit

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 A New Dynamic for Modern Management

Chapter 2 Make My Day, Punk!

Chapter 3 The Deference Contract

Chapter 4 The Drag Effect

Chapter 5 F**k You, I Won’t Do What You Tell Me

Chapter 6 Creating a New Dynamic


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