Freedom Is Always There — The Dreams Might As Well Be Mine by Michel Godet tells the story of an IT Manager who faced a lot of opposition, disapproval, and resistance from his boss who reports directly to the CEO of the company for which he works. He faces a lot of fights from his boss who is not open to embracing change and innovative ideas. This IT Manager felt challenged, being unable to enjoy the freedom of doing things his way and being innovative, micromanaged by a back-office manager who oversaw his work. Follow the narrative as the IT Manager navigates a toxic work environment, unfriendly colleagues who pay allegiance to mediocre leadership, and how he embraces his path to freedom at work. In this book, the author explains what happens when an employee who is forward-thinking and always looking for ways to grow works with a boss who is not open to growth and loves stagnation, and complacency.
While this book reads like a compelling memoir, it is one of the best things I have read about leadership. The book offers a stunning portrait of what bad leadership looks like while redefining the place of freedom and autonomy in one's work and career. The author identifies behaviors that drive mediocrity in an organization and one of them is the idea of comfort. The reader immediately understands that where employees feel so comfortable with the status quo, the company doesn't grow. Principles of change and freedom are expertly examined in this insightful and engaging book. I enjoyed this author's perspective on autonomy and delegation of tasks. He defines autonomy at work as: “Autonomy is a form of freedom; it is autonomous when it regulates or governs itself without being entirely free.'' Freedom Is Always There is a compelling, thought-provoking work that will challenge the way most people look at leadership while providing readers with the tools to embrace change, foster personal and professional growth, and develop the ability to be free even where there seems to be no freedom. Packed with lessons and insights about working with difficult bosses, Freedom Is Always There offers both entertainment and inspiration. The first-person narrative voice instantly grabs the reader and the author's gift for storytelling will have you turning the pages.