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All That We Are

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349427300

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 2nd February 2023

Genre: Society & Social Sciences

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Longlisted for the 2022 CMI Management Book of the Year Award

Who do you bring with you to work?

Try as we might, we cannot leave part of ourselves under the pillow with our pyjamas when we go to work. We bring all that we are.

In this collection of stories, Gabriella Braun shares insights from over twenty years of taking psychoanalysis out of the therapy room and into the sta­ff room. She shows us why a board loses the plot, nearly causes their company to collapse, and how they come through. We see the connection between a headteacher’s professional and personal loss. We understand seemingly unfathomable behaviour – why a man lets his organisation push him around, a lawyer becomes paranoid, a team repeatedly creates scapegoats, and founders of a literary agency feud.

At a time when we are re-thinking the workplace, ALL THAT WE ARE shows that by taking human nature seriously, we can build more humane organisations where people and their work can thrive.

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This powerful, sensitive and timely book reveals what really happens within and between people at work. The emotional life of individuals and teams is often underestimated, but Gabriella Braun's insightful understanding demonstrates that we do indeed bring 'all that we are' to work. She shows that taking human nature seriously, including unconscious elements, makes all the difference to the health of our organisations and our lives at work. I wholeheartedly recommend this book
Mike Brearley, former captain of England Cricket and President of the British Psychoanalytical Society
ALL THAT WE ARE is full of empathy and understanding, showing us that we cannot leave who we are behind when it comes to our working life. A sensitive and timely exploration into what is needed in order to create a more compassionate, positive and healthy workplace
Fíona Scarlett, author of BOYS DON'T CRY
Such a compassionate and discerning book. This rich work weaves in Gabriella Braun's own intriguing journey and psychodynamic theory. It has the potential to make organisations and teams more thoughtful about why they struggle and deserves a wide audience
Gwen Adshead, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Excellent ... for anyone committed to understanding and changing organisations this is a must read. This is a book I wish I had written
Jennifer Petriglieri, author of COUPLES THAT WORK and INSEAD Professor
A delight. Refreshing and inspiring, healing even. I love how Gabriella portrays systems psychodynamic ideas put to work, with little jargon and a lot of humanity. Unlike many books in the field, ALL THAT WE ARE shows the work rather than talk about it, with a balance of depth and immediacy ... I will be recommending it to our community of consultants and coaches at INSEAD
Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
ALL THAT WE ARE is a fascinating and insightful book that delves deep into how we can improve our time at work: as bosses, managers and colleagues. But more than this, it shows us how we can create a more compassionate and kind society at large. A must read!
Neema Shah, author of KOLOLO HILL
ALL THAT WE ARE is a fascinating examination of the unconscious human processes that operate in team working environments. Through a series of unflinching yet compassionate case studies, as well as reflections on her own experiences of analysis, Gabriella illustrates a wealth of knowledge and expertise, illuminating just how powerful the application of psychoanalytic techniques can be in our professional as well as personal lives. A stunning book and a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, our working lives, or simply what it means to be human
Philippa East, author of LITTLE WHITE LIES and SAFE AND SOUND
ALL THAT WE ARE is without doubt one of the most important books about the workplace ever published. It lays bare the profound emotional context we all bring to work and how to resolve inner conflicts with colleagues, and indeed ourselves
Julia Hobsbawm, founder, Editorial Intelligence and author of THE NOWHERE OFFICE
A remarkable book ... it will move you and awaken a new respect for your colleagues and even your employer ... Braun moves effortlessly between memoir and professional insights and the result is - like all workplace dramas - gripping
Isabel Berwick, Financial Times