Created on 2020-08-11 20:58
Published on 2020-08-11 21:40
Celebrating a Decade with Professor Adrian Wilkinson.
Professor Wilkinson is The Director, Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being. Griffith University. Australia.
I would like to thank Professor Adrian Wilkinson for reading the manuscript of my book and his kind ‘foreword’. I wrote this book a decade ago. Time flies? A decade definitely did!
‘Employee Empowerment the rhetoric & the reality’ (2010). Triarchy Press. Devon. UK. https://rhmtraining.com/#speaking
Today, I was reading a chapter from my book ‘Employee Empowerment the rhetoric & the reality’ for an article that I am writing and just realised it’s been a decade since I wrote this book.
I had just been awarded my PhD, from Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. The subject of my thesis was ‘An Investigation of What Employee Empowerment Means in Theory and in Practice’, and a publisher asked me if I would be interested to write a book on ‘employee empowerment’. Totally delighted with the invitation I set up the chapters and the action plan and immediately began to write, while the qualitative interviews were still fresh in my mind. That was a decade ago!
During my writing period, I had discussed with my publisher that I would like someone to read the manuscript before it went for printing. I don’t deny it, I was selecting and looking for the right reader for my manuscript and did mention to my editor, ‘it would be my dream come true if Professor Wilkinson read my manuscript’! She probably thought I was daydreaming!
I believe there are two kinds of dreams – a dream that you dream when you sleep and the other one is a dream that you dream while you stay awake. The latter is voluntary and focused, which I call ‘An Awakened Dream’ and this is the kind of dream that gets your vision realised and drives your passion. I am writing an article about this, it is one of ‘my work in progress’.
During my PhD studies, I had read Professor Wilkinson’s work and cited several of his articles in my thesis. Just sharing one here: Wilkinson, A. (1998) Empowerment: theory and practice. Personnel Review, 27(1), pp.40-56. He is a prolific writer on ‘employee empowerment’ and furthermore, his thoughts and views on this subject resonated with my research findings and my views and that’s why I felt determined he would be the perfect person to read my manuscript.
‘It would be brilliant if I could get Professor Wilkinson to read my manuscript and get some feedback’. I was looking for the right person and my focused dream came true!
I am immensely grateful to Professor Wilkinson for taking the time to read my manuscript and writing the ‘foreword’ for my book. Here is a brief excerpt from his ‘foreword’.
‘Rozana Huq has made an important contribution to the subject of employee empowerment with this book. Adding valuable empirical research through investigation of case studies, she illuminates issues and successes surrounding both formal and informal methods of implementing employee empowerment. The book includes insights from employees and managers of small and large enterprises, highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of employee empowerment and providing rich examples of people and situations…..
Rozana exposes the negative impact on the psychological well-being of workers when an organisation’s employee empowerment rhetoric doesn’t match the management practices. Thus organisations need to be careful before implementing employee empowerment as sometimes organisations can end up worse off than before. The findings of this empirical research reveal that although employee empowerment is fraught with difficulties, most employees are keen to get on board, particularly as it gives them scope to learn, develop, be creative, make decisions, take responsibility and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence….. Rozana offers practical advice on how to implement and sustain employee empowerment in management practices’.
The full ‘foreword’ is available upon request.
So, if you have a dream, keep looking for the right person. As the saying goes, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears’; similarly, when your dream is ready the right person will appear. Never give up on your dream!
I am privileged to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of my book, thank you, Professor Adrian Wilkinson. You have inspired me and hope this may inspire others – ‘if you have a dream, keep looking for the right person to help fulfil your dream, sometimes you can get lucky in life’.
Thank you for reading, until the next #HuqPost
© Dr Rozana Huq, August 2020
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