Workplace Superstars in Resistant Organizations

Workplace Superstars in Resistant Organizations

Workplace Superstars in Resistant Organizations

Workplace Superstars in Resistant Organizations

Synopsis

The pursuit of excellence within organizations is the subject of this unique volume that focuses on the individual's drive for achievement. Allcorn examines the paradox of human nature that places individuals of distinction in the position of being rejected and ostracized by their peers. He fully explores the psychological underpinnings of this phenomenon, identifying organizational trends that inhibit achievement and discussing the psychology of office behavior. Different types of individual achievers are described, and suggestions are offered for revising organizational culture to encourage individual excellence.

Excerpt

This book has one message -- people, not organizations, achieve excellence. The advocates of excellence talk about many things management should do, but they do not really talk about people. This book does. The advocates of organizational excellence have seemed to point the way; however, scholars have been baffled to find out what is new about what is being said. It has even been asserted that our organizations may be in some instances so poorly run that if excellence were pursued as advocated they would merely rise to mediocrity. This book takes a different approach by starting with the people who make organizations run. It searches for the basis of individual excellence and, just as important, the psychological aspects of people and the workplace that keep outstanding employees from achieving excellence.

This book is written by a manager who works in middle management. It is not written by a chief executive officer of a giant company. This book is also not written by a consultant although I have occasionally worked as one. Neither is it written by an ivory tower educator, although I have helped teach group dynamics in the classroom. It is not written by a management researcher, although I have performed research. It is also not written by a dreamer, a hero, or a snake oil salesman. If I don't get my job done as a manager, I don't have one -- and no golden parachute. This book arose from a personal quest to understand individual excellence; it began with technical knowledge and skills and concluded . . .

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