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Holding Fast: The Struggle to Create Resilient Caregiving Organizations
Kahn, William A.
Routledge / Brunner/Mazel / Softcover / 2004-12-01 / 1583919376
Workplace / Organisations
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Increasing pressure on caregiving organizations to serve more people with fewer resources means that epidemics of burnout, high staff turnover, dissatisfaction and internal conflict often appear inevitable. Holding Fast focuses on the particular stress of caregiving work, its influences on the people and organizations who do that work, and what they can do about it.

Illustrated by case studies based on extensive research in schools, hospitals, social work agencies, health care centers and religious institutions, Holding Fast identifies the problems faced by caregiving associations, and outlines appropriate strategies for tackling these to create a resilient, effective organization. The book is divided into clear sections covering:

* An introduction to the nature of caregiving organizations
* The disturbances that can occur within them
* The skills required to effectively lead them

Holding Fast offers a portrait of how organizations become or are prevented from becoming systems of caregiving. It will help leaders of caregiving organizations and their staff gain a better understanding of the difficulties encountered by their organizations, leading to improved management and practice. --- from the publisher


Part I: The Nature of Caregiving Organizations
1. Caregiving Organizations Defined
2. The Stress of Caregiving Work
3. Resilience Under Stress
4. System Breakdowns

Part II: Disturbances in Caregiving Organizations
5. Caregivers and Casualties
6. Authority at Work
7. Divided They Fall
8. Teams, Real and Imaginary
9. Politics
10. Running in Place

Part III: Leading Caregiving Organizations
11. The Leadership Task
12. Negotiating Dependency
13. Leadership and Change

About the Author:

William A. Kahn is Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Boston University's School of Management, where he teaches courses on leadership and organizational change to MBA students and executives.

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