Books 2018-10-28T09:39:31+00:00

Books Ivo Brughmans

In his books Ivo describes in detail how you can apply te principles of ‘both-and’-thinking and paradoxical mastership. 

Books Ivo Brughmans

Paradoxaal leiderschap (‘Paradoxical leadership’), Boom, 2016

In this book Ivo combines his insights as philosopher and his expertise as management consultant and applies ‘both-and’ thinking to well-known organizational and management challenges and professional and business dilemmas.

‘Invest or save? Micro-manage or give space? Focus or diversify? Enterpreneurship or compliance? Innovation or tradition? Change as we go, or with a masterplan? Short term or long term?…

Paradoxical leadership is about using the power of opposites. Making choices that respect both sides of the coin. This book provides a refreshingly newg and practical way of connecting and combining opposing forces. ‘Both-and’ thinking, not as a cliché, but as a practical professional skill. Paradoxical leadership increases your ability to switch smoothly between different approaches in a very dynamic world.’

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De kunst van het paradoxale leven (‘The art of paradoxical life’), Lannoo, 2013

In his first book on this theme, Ivo develops the ‘both-and’ perspective as a radical alternative to our current way of living. The book focuses on how to apply this perspective to your own personal live and to the broader challenges of our world today.

‘Traditionally, we look at opposites as items that exclude each other and between which we have to make a choice: abundance or austerity, planning or improvisation, economy or ecology, repression or prevention…

However, this unilateral ‘either-or’ way of thinking has major limitations. Bing able to consciously play with opposites is the recipe for both success and fulfilment in the 21st century. In a stimulating ‘both-and’ perspective, opposites are inextricably linked with each other and provide balance, innovation and flexibility. This new perspective touches on all aspects of our lives: from ecology to sexuality, from lifestyle to religion, from relationships to management.

The art of the paradoxical life provides a radical, positive alternative to our current way of living and working. It challenges you to examine your own polarities, shows with inspirational examples how ‘both-and’ works in practice and provides concrete tools to apply this.’

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Andere boeken over dit thema

Hieronder vind je enkele interessante boeken uit het Nederlandse taalgebied die eveneens ingaan op het thema van het verbinden van tegenpolen en het en-en-denken:

Martine De Jong, Has Bakker en Fieke Robeest, Tweebenig Samenwerken, Vakmedianet, 2018.

Allard Everts en Steven Olthof, Dansen met dilemma’s, 2018

Lenette Schuijt, Praktijkboek – Werken met paradoxen, Asoka, 2006

Fons Trompenaars, Management dilemma’s, Business Contact, 2004