We’re launching a series where we call on thought leaders in business to summarise their message – in just six words.
In honour of Bloomsday on Sunday we’ll kick off by quoting Molly Bloom and asking:
“Oh Rocks – Tell us in plain words what you really mean!”.
First up is Professor Gareth Jones expert in organisational design, culture, leadership and change and award-winning author of “The Character of a Corporation: How Your Culture Can Make or Break Your Business” and “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?”, co-authored with Rob Goffee.
So the workplace of our dreams is one that takes account of our characters as well as our skills.
Ulysses may have more relevance to management than we think; Joyce’s novel is a celebration of practical thinking in everyday life.
Through the mutual insights shared between the newspaper advertising salesman Leopold Bloom and the student-artist Stephen Dedalus, Joyce makes the case that two often divided concepts of work and creativity – or labour and play – are mutually dependent and must be realigned.
Jones and Goffee’s work has shown this message is as relevant today as it was when Ulysses was published in 1922.
Professor Gareth Jones will be discussing his new research at an IMI HR Briefing on the evening of the 4th of July. If you’re interested in attending this event register here.
In conversation with Eva Maguire, IMI