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Balancing Me and We: Why and how our work culture must change

Balancing Me and We: Why and how our work culture must change

Thursday, 31 January 2013
17:15 - 18:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


Prof Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University
• Dr David Bowles, Consultant, Author, Speaker on Morale and Engagement at Work, Rancho Santa Fe, California and Bavaria, Germany.

In August, management consultants David Bowles and Prof Cary Cooper, published The High Engagement Work Culture: Balancing Me and We, following up on their 2009 book Employee Morale: Driving Performance in Challenging Times.

In their book, the authors argued that the financial crash of 2008 was not just about government regulation or a lack thereof: the low tide of the crash also revealed how vulnerable our societies are to those organisations which focus so much on their own self-serving goals that they ignore the damage they can do outside their walls. To counter this, the authors asked whether there is a better way for organisations to work within our capitalist system. Their prescription is to create a high engagement work culture by promoting a better balance between the urges of 'me' and the desires and needs of 'we'. Their goal is a work culture which brings real benefits to all stakeholders, not just the few, and which drives the performance of our organisations to new heights.
Far from being 'pie in the sky', the authors argued that this vision is already becoming a reality, with companies such as Whole Foods Market and BMW leading the way. 

To view Cary Cooper's presentation, click here.

To view David Bowles' presentation, click here.

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