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Brave New Work

Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?
Written by: Aaron Dignan
Narrated by: Aaron Dignan
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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“This is the management book of the year. Clear, powerful, and urgent, it's a must-read for anyone who cares about where they work and how they work.” (Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing)

“This book is a breath of fresh air. Read it now, and make sure your boss does, too.” (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg)

When fast-scaling startups and global organizations get stuck, they call Aaron Dignan. In this book, he reveals his proven approach for eliminating red tape, dissolving bureaucracy, and doing the best work of your life.

He’s found that nearly everyone, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, points to the same frustrations: lack of trust, bottlenecks in decision making, siloed functions and teams, meeting and email overload, tiresome budgeting, short-term thinking, and more. Is there any hope for a solution? Haven’t countless business gurus promised the answer, yet changed almost nothing about the way we work? That’s because we fail to recognize that organizations aren’t machines to be predicted and controlled. They’re complex human systems full of potential waiting to be released. Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. 

Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems - the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture - with extraordinary success. Imagine a bank that abandoned traditional budgeting, only to outperform its competition for decades. An appliance manufacturer that divided itself into 2,000 autonomous teams, resulting not in chaos but rapid growth. A healthcare provider with an HQ of just 50 people supporting over 14,000 people in the field - that is named the “best place to work” year after year. And even a team that saved $3 million per year by cancelling one monthly meeting. Their stories may sound improbable, but in Brave New Work you’ll learn exactly how they and other organizations are inventing a smarter, healthier, and more effective way to work. Not through top down mandates, but through a groundswell of autonomy, trust, and transparency.

Whether you lead a team of 10 or 10,000, improving your operating system is the single most powerful thing you can do. The only question is, are you ready?

©2019 Aaron Dignan (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"I am now a convert. Aaron sums up all the crazy ideas about how to create teams and companies that maximize their potential by decentralizing their power - a once idealist notion that is now possible and essential. For a book that might start a revolution, it's surprisingly practical and undogmatic. There’s no fluff - it's all meat, and real news. I could think of dozens of people I know who I now want to read and study it." (Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable, and cofounder, Wired magazine)

"The one-size-fits-all monoculture is a thing of the past. Brave New Work shows us how to embrace the oh-so-human complexity of our organizations - and discover a new way of working that makes room for the many styles, perspectives, needs, and gifts trapped inside them." (Susan Cain, author of Quiet and Quiet Power, curator of Quiet Revolution) 

"Complexity conscious. People positive. These words from Aaron’s book keep ringing in my ears as I work. He reframes the way we see companies and the way we see each other inside them, and gives us practical tools to transform ourselves and our environments. Whether you lead a company, work at one, or imagine yourself founding one someday, read this book immediately and start an evolution." (Miguel McKelvey, cofounder, WeWork) 

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  • Zim
  • 2019-05-17

Looking to do the best work of your life?

What’s stopping you and your team from doing the best work of your lives? This book will help you find out and begin a process of continuous improvement to remove those roadblocks. Highly recommended for any leader or manager who wants to have more fun while getting more done.

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  • Christian F Ponce
  • 2019-04-04

Must read / listen if you expect to succeed in the future

Hands down the best “business” book of the new millennium. Aaron’s clear and concise approach to explaining the pitfalls of our legacy work environments and how we can change is enlightening.

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  • Gavin Watson
  • Ridgefield, Ct. United States
  • 2019-10-08

totally awesome!

amazing summary of where some us are and where all business needs to go. you will be inspired!

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  • Jeff S.
  • 2019-09-20

Let’s get going people!

Who couldn’t benefit from the advice in this book? Rethink what you’re doing and free up our your people for their best, most important, and socially beneficial work! I concur.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-07

Excellent analysis, Instant Classic

Excellent audiobook. I bought the ebook so I can take notes. Must read for all leaders.

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  • pdevs
  • 2019-08-12

Our future is in this book.

Completely loved it This isn't just about work, it's about humanity's survival. The map has been drawn, now we must follow it.

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  • Jacob
  • 2019-07-04

Simply Incredible

I’m applying a lot of what I’ve learned here towards my business that I’m working on ♥️

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  • Tyler O Means
  • 2019-06-06

Putting work culture at the center

Aaron introduces a thoughtful approach to reorganizing work structure in a way that puts an organization's culture at the center. By developing work around the employee that empowers them to be strong customer advocates, Brave New Work illustrates how to get the most out your employees, stakeholders and ecosystem.

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  • Frank from Virginia
  • 2019-05-29

Written for a world that doesn't exist

This may not be the stupidest book I have ever listened to, but it's in the top five. It's written to manage a work force that doesn't exist and never will. The author misunderstands the variation in the quality of our workforce, believing that "nurturing" employees is the entire answer. The sun will burn out long before that nurturing is effective in transforming our workforce. Working a blue collar job for a year would cure him. He vastly undervalues good systems and processes.

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  • Amazon Customer UK&USA
  • 2019-05-06

Great first chapter

After a wonderful opening and initial analogy the book quickly descends into sweeping oversimplifications and generic poorly researched throwaway company examples.

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  • Vernon Stinebaker
  • Shanghai, China
  • 2019-04-16

Must read for those who know change is needed

This is by far the best book I’ve read in a while. Full confirmation bias, the ideas in the book broadly parallel things I have been promoting in my Scrum training for the past couple of years, unsurprisingly perhaps, since my ideas spring from many of the same references the author sites in the book. I’ll be fascinated to see how this resonates with others who may be reading from lists different from my own, but for me this book is certainly one I’ll reread and reference.