Kathleen A. Paris compares organizations to the human body, asserting that just like people many organizations are tired, sluggish, have compromised immune systems, and are not as productive as they could be. Modern organizations are plagued by three culprits: obsolete hierarchical, patriarchal command and control structures and methods; too many people without adequate management preparation or motives, and willingness to cling to illusions. These same factors that give organizations their ailments, create stress and sometimes quite toxic work environments for their employees. Some organizations just have sniffles, but some are so pathological, anyone who wants to be emotionally healthy has to get out. Most people have more career choices than they think they have.
Paris also encourages everyone do their grown up homework. Some of the behaviors we learned as children coping with family situations may not serve as well as working adults. She provides a series of questions to help get that homework started. Questions discussed include:
- What is The Clover Practice™?
- Why should someone follow this practice?
- How did you decide on these three principles for The Clover Practice™?
- You say in the book that most organizations are sick. What do you mean by that?
- What has created unhealthy organizations?
- What evidence do you have that most organizations are sick by your definition?
- Is this book for “people on the front lines” or for managers or top leaders?
- You have said that this book is about “waking up.” What do you mean by that?
- What about scenarios where it’s not safe to tell the truth?
- You urge people to leave workplaces that are extremely toxic. How realistic is this in the current economy?
- You say “You are selling your labor. Are you getting a good deal?” What do you mean by that?
- Your aim is for people to have peace of mind and less stress at the end of the workday and to be more emotionally healthy. How do you define emotional health?
- One chapter is called “Doing Your Emotional Homework.” What’s that all about?
- You say this book is for Americans working in America? Why?
- Whose work has influenced you?
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About Kathleen: Kathleen A. Paris, holds a Ph.D., in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a distinguished consultant emeritus for the Office of Quality Improvement and lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison. For over twenty years, she has provided management consulting services for education, business, and non-profit organizations. Paris received the Wisconsin Governor’s Export Achievement award in 1990. The author’s award-winning web site on executive meetings has gained national and international attention.
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