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The Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover Up, Pick Up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate S [Paperback]

By Anne Wilson Schaef (Author)
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Offers hints on recognizing and correcting the symptoms of organizational addiction--denying and avoiding problems, assuming there is only one option, manipulating events to maintain the status quo

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This study of managers and workers, shows how symptoms of addiction are exhibited in organizations - denying and avoiding problems, assuming that there is no other way of acting and manipulating events to maintain the status quo. The authors explore four forms of organization addiction.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 12, 2014
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0062548743  
ISBN13  9780062548740  
UPC  099455013000  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Wilson Schaef, Ph.D., author of Women's Reality and Co-Dependence, is a lecturer, organizational consultant, former psychotherapist, and workshop leader who trains health care professionals throughout the world in Living Process Facilitation. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Anne Wilson Schaef currently resides in the state of Montana.

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Outstanding insights and many missing links  Jul 21, 2001
The key insight I had when I read this book is that the behavior of organizations when they become "addictive" follows very predictable patterns. There is nothing unique about them. But to a society that is full of "addicts" who create addictive organizations, the principles revealed in this book will stir reactions and opposition. The book is almost too honest, and there lies its power. The book has many new insights and connections and is a lot of fun to read. I found myself chuckling often.
The authors are reaching....  May 18, 2001
Oh boy....interesting analogy, but I believe that the cause of the woes of many organizations cannot be attributed to just this cause. For the sakes of an entertaining analogy it may entertain you.
But don't expect the Company to Like it!  Jun 14, 2000
In many years in the Corporate life, I wanted the Company to understand that a lot of the problems management was having were caused by...surprise!

This book is excellent in explaining to those of us who hate the insanity of corporate life what is happening and why, and possible remedies.

If you are working, or are listening to a friend or loved one complain over and over about office politics and craziness of different bosses, this book is a great read.

Even the authors, however, will tell you not to expect the Company to listen. They might nod and buy the book, pass them around HR and so on, but in essence, most mid- to large-sized corporations are so big that their dysfunctional behavior cannot be taken apart without the whole thing unfolding. (Or at least, that's what they believe, and so the urge to hold on).

The CEO of a dysfunctional company won't appreciate the insight that each company is as healthy or as ill as their top leader - the further away she/he gets from the goings on, the less s/he may be aware of this, and the less willing to hear this.

My advise is to read the book but expect no "cures". Reading this book helped my sanity (I took early retirement). Anyone suffering inside a corporation can start questioning, seriously, if they want to stay in this dysfunctional "family" (there may not be much of a choise)and if they can get out, start planning. Even if retirement or leaving is years away, planning helps. Get a life outside the Company. Also read "Crazy Bosses" and other books by Anne Wilson Schaef.

One of the most useful books I've ever read.  Apr 21, 2000
I found this book while in graduate school and wrote a long essay about my experiences in an addictive organization, based on my understanding of the theories presented in the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels trapped in an organization and wants to understand more about how they work. ()

So what do you call normal?  Jan 27, 1999
It was refreshing to see an author who is willing to view organisations from a perspective of whether or not their culture would represent healthy living or not. The verdict is 'no'. Wilson Schaef and Fassel, by presenting organisational culture and inflluence as pervasive and abberent makes us rethink their place in our human psyche and society. A refreshing view, even if a rather disturbing conclusion. A good book to let go our inertia.

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