What’s it about?

When you see an organisation from the outside you are seeing the tip of a very big iceberg, the10% that’s above the waterline. It’s only when you work in the organisation do you begin to see the 90% that’s beneath the surface. The politics, the conflict and the struggle for power and influence. You also see the creativity, kindness, friendships and, for the most part really great people working together.

I’m Mike Drayton and I’m a business psychologist, executive coach and author. I’ll write about those aspects of organisational life that are beneath the surface. Together we will take a deep dive beneath the surface expose and explore hidden parts of the corporate iceberg. I will write about managing conflict, relationships at work and how to stay sane. If you are a boss I’ll write about how you can get the best from those you manage. If you aren’t a boss, I’ll write about how you can get better at managing your boss. You will read about love, hate and attachment at work. I’ll help you to figure out why work can bring out the best in you as well as turn you into a monster.

How do I know about this stuff? I trained as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. For the past 20 years I’ve worked in the corporate world as a business psychologist and executive coach. I am a leadership coach on the MBA and EMBA programmes at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. I have written two books: The Saboteur at Work, which is about how our unconscious mind can sabotage us, our organisation as and society; and, Antiburnout, about how burnout is caused by organisational chaos rather than personal weakness. I’m currently working on my third book, Leading the Hybrid Organisation. All my books are published by Routledge.

I’d be honoured and delighted if you would like to join me on this journey beneath the surface of organisational life. I promise you it wont be dull.

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