All That We Are: Uncovering the Hidden Truths Behind Our Behaviour at Work

Author(s) : Gabriella Braun

All That We Are: Uncovering the Hidden Truths Behind Our Behaviour at Work

Book Details

  • Publisher : Piatkus
  • Published : February 2022
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 264
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  • Catalogue No : 96413
  • ISBN 13 : 9780349427294
  • ISBN 10 : 9780349427

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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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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

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 BerwickFinancial Times

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

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 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

About the Author(s)

Gabriella Braun is the Director of Working Well, a consultancy firm specializing in helping leaders and teams use in-depth understanding of their dynamics and behaviour to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in their working lives. She has worked with hundreds of clients including the British Library, RADA, TATE, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London. She has had a full psychoanalysis and holds a masters degree in Consulting to Organisations using a psychoanalytic and systemic approach from the Tavistock Clinic. She was a Principal Consultant in the Tavistock Consultancy Service.

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