Saturday, December 11, 2010

Book Review: Reframing Organisations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

By Lee Bolman and Terrance Deal.
Bolman, L.G & Deal, T.E, 2008, Reframing Organisations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, 4th Edition, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, USA

It is a great book that looks at the need to change your perception of things. It teaches you how to break your mental frames and construct new ones. It mainly talks about organizations, yet the techniques can be useful in personal life.

Although organizations start with a simple idea, they are complex and there is not one direct cause to a problem. People interpret different situations differently because there are different languages, different perspectives (frames), and different alternative ways to reading what is going on and we would be missing the insights each one generates if we do not acknowledge them and try to benefit from them. To be able to deal with situations effectively, we should be able to form sophisticated interpretations of them through looking at them from different perspectives though REFRAMING. It will enable us to generate different insights and discover new layers of meanings that will help us develop comprehensive understanding of the situations.