Leadership Expert Highlights the Cost of Deference

'Never Mind the Bosses': outmoded deferential organisational culture can damage progress, says leadership expert Robin Ryde as new Bank of England reviews are released.
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Nov. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- As three independent reviews cite excessive deference and hierarchy as key problems damaging the effectiveness of the Bank of England, leadership expert Robin Ryde has called for business leaders to think twice about preserving deferential cultures within their organisations.

The issue of deference is a subject that independent consultant Robin, formerly CEO of the UK National School of Government, has researched in depth, having just published his third book, ‘Never Mind the Bosses: Hastening the Death of Deference for Business Success’.

Said Robin: “Clearly, governance has failed to evolve sufficiently at the Bank of England, with very real economic impacts. According to these reports, deference and hierarchy are blocking progress. As pointed out in the Financial Times, banker Bill Winters has assessed that that the BoE is too ‘centralised and hierarchical’, the end result being that less senior staff have to water down policy recommendations to please their seniors.”

Concluded Robin: “Systems of deference slow down organisational performance and prevent them from learning. Deference is the enemy qmtgg of organisational success and it needs to be dismantled so that in its place we can build modern organisations with a new breed of managers and leaders. Without a significant shift away from deference, organisations will struggle to be agile, innovative and ethical.“

The full Financial Times article on the BoE reviews (published 2nd November) can be read at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7bf970e0-244f-11e2-94d0-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2B49hh6t3. Robin’s book, ‘Never mind the Bosses’, is published by Wiley; more information is available at www.nevermindthebosses.com.
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