The Soft Stuff by Matt Dean helps organisations and individuals reclaim kindness for the world of work. We look back at all the glowing advance praises Matt’s book received.
“Matt Dean has achieved a rare thing – a compelling fusion of personal memoir and wider wisdom about leadership, empathy and what it takes to be our best selves at work. in the era of #MeToo, this is a vital resource for women and men looking to navigate the challenges of leading with integrity in increasingly complex times.” – Kathryn Pereara, Barrister and NHS innovator
“Matt’s book is extremely thought-provoking, particularly for those of us in leadership roles towards the back end of our careers, with responsibility for influencing thousands of people around the world” – Ian Gray, Executive Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International), Chairman, Eversheds Sutherland Europe
“Matt Dean really gets it right – he skillfully relates his moving personal story to the important interactions we have at work culminating in a set of useful tools to enable us all to be better people leaders – at the same time his own story is a compelling read.” – Angus MacGregor, HR Head for Bak in EMEA and Securities Internationally, MUFG
“In this inspiring book, Matt takes us with him on his personal journey during which both author and reader learn valuable lessons. its contents are essential reading in today’s complicated world and shifting workplaces.” – Dame Janet Gaymer, formerly Commissioner for Public Appointments and Senior Partner, Simmons & Simmons
“This is far from the usual management manual, in that it deals in concepts that are not normally considered to be ‘business-like’ but understanding and applying them would truly transform the way we work, how fulfilled we feel and what we achieve together.” – Sarah Jackson OBE, Former CEO, Working Families
“This is unlike any ‘ordinary’ business book. Matt Dean reflects on the changing workplace through the prism of life-threatening illness. He takes an unflinching look in the mirror and draws compelling life lessons.” – Jim Carroll, Former UK Chairman, BBH
“Matt brings a refreshing and very personal perspective to an important topic. There is no shortage of books about the workplace, but this one is different and deserves to stand out from the crowd. Whether you have management or HR responsibilities or are just someone who has colleagues, this book will make you think and quite possibly behave a little differently in future.” – Julian Taylor, International Practice Group Head (Employment), Simmons & Simmons
Most of us work, yet few of us recognise our power in those workplaces or that we can influence things there. How can those of us striving in workplaces, `unleash the power of you’? How do we start creating kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces? More fundamentally, where does the spark, the resolve actually to do something come from? How do we start to live our purpose?
In this book, Matt Dean uses his recent experience of cancer to shine a light on the challenges we all face in motivating ourselves to unleash the power of us. This is a book about creating kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces. Which sets out the thoughts, principles, and tools to create a more inclusive workplace.
About Matt Dean
An enthusiastic and inspirational facilitator, and coach, Matt is obsessed with creating kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces. Originally a brand manager with Unilever, Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and worked as an employment lawyer with top City firms until he founded byrne·dean consultancy in 2003.
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