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Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones.…Why Should Anyone Work Here?

Hosted by Harvard Business Review and the Irish Management Institute (IMI)

An invited audience of the country’s top HR and Organisational/ Talent Development leaders will be in attendance at the IMI Conference Centre on Thursday 12th November to hear from World-renowned leadership experts, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones.

Exploring key themes from their new book, “Why Should Anyone Work Here? What It Takes To Create An Authentic Organization”, Rob and Gareth will draw on their vast experience working with some of the world’s leading brands over the past three decades to discuss how organisations can create a thriving, attractive workplace culture that attracts and retains the right people, and leads to sustained high performance.

Following their keynote address, Rob and Gareth will be available to sign your complimentary copy of their new book, “Why Should Anyone Work Here? What It Takes To Create An Authentic Organization”. This is not an event to be missed!

Event Details:

Date: 12th November 2015

Time: 12.30-15.00

Venue: IMI Conference Centre, Sandyford, Dublin 16

RegistrationStrictly by invitation only. For more information, please contact the IMI Events Team on 1800 22 33 88 or events@imi.ie


About Goffee & Jones:

Rob and Gareth describe themselves as ‘sociologists fascinated by the world of work and organisations’; they have a professional relationship spanning 30 years. Together they are extensively published, their leadership books are established bestsellers and they are also recipients of two prestigious McKinsey Awards for Harvard Business Review contributions.

Rob, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School (LBS) has led executive education activities at LBS as Deputy Dean, directed major programmes, and chaired the organisational behaviour department. He has taught executives from organisations including Unilever, Nestlé, and Sonae.

Gareth’s career has spanned both the academic and business world – he is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and a visiting professor at Spain’s IE Business School in Madrid, and was previously Global HR Director for Polygram and HR Director for the BBC.


About the Book:

In Why Should Anyone Work Here?: What It Takes To Create An Authentic Organization (Harvard Business Review Press, 3rd November 2015) Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones identify the workplace characteristics which allow and encourage us to be our best selves. Through vivid stories and examples, they examine six key attributes that enable organisations to create DREAMS:

  • Difference – let people be themselves
  • Radical honesty – communicate what’s really going on
  • Extra value – magnify people’s strengths
  • Authenticity – stand for something real
  • Meaning – create satisfying work
  • Simple Rules – reduce the clutter and make things clear


“A great sequel to Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? This book lifts the discussions about authentic leadership and what makes for the best possible organization to a new level. A must-read for all CEOs”.

Franz Humer, Chairman, Diageo; former Chairman, F. Hoffmann-LaRoche


In this timely book, the authors show how organisations can create a thriving, attractive workplace culture that attracts and retains the right people, and leads to sustained high performance. They also provide ways of assessing how your own organisation is doing and describe the tensions and trade-offs that leaders must manage in building DREAMS.

Exploring the successes and learnings of such diverse organisations as Arup, NovoNordisk, LOCOG, Waitrose, New York Life and LVMH, the authors acknowledge that excellence in all six attributes is a huge challenge. Several of the imperatives run counter to traditional practices; others are complicated and costly to implement.

The practical challenges are huge. There will always be reasons not to act; to push the pursuit of ‘dreams’ down the list of priorities. But building better workplaces is not an alternative to, but rather a means for, responding to the new challenges of capitalism, for building productivity, unleashing creativity, and winning. Goffee and Jones aim to inspire readers to create a positive answer to a difficult question: Why Should Anyone Work Here?

Harvard Business Review Press

Publication Date: 3rd November 2015

£20 Hardcover original, 256 pages; ISBN: 9781625275097