My Steam Engine Is Broken: Taking the organisation from the industrial era to the age of ideas

Many modern organisations still behave as if they are industrial-era factories, staffed by workers carrying out precisely-specified tasks under the supervision of management without the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and with no sense of the organisation’s overall purpose.

The end result is an increasingly disengaged and frustrated workforce and a huge waste of latent human energy.

My Steam Engine Is Broken identifies 10 paradoxical behaviours of ‘Steam Engine’ organisations – behaviours that are almost guaranteed to fail to deliver key outcomes that the organisations know they need in order to succeed. The book demonstrates how these behaviours can be changed – little by little; piece by piece – to make organisations fit for the age of ideas.

Read more about the ideas explored in My Steam Engine Is Broken in our article on this site, Creating Organisational Cultures for the Age of Ideas

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My Steam Engine Is Broken: Taking the organization from the industrial era to the age of ideas