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Category Archives: Gurus

Obtuse expertise

The introductory sections to the latest book by the quite literally world-renowned management thinker are filled with notes of thanks that actually serve to highlight his own prominence; each name dropped both to dazzle the reader and, it sometimes seem, to both equate the author with their company and imply his superiority to them.

Roundup: Caught up

Continuing from Friday’s post, today we are going to finish up reviewing some of the blog and press activity of the past few weeks which touches on themes we expect to address here soon. Again, virtually all of this material is on my daily reading list, and I mention that here because I think it would make an immediately effective addition to the daily scan of any serious manager or student of management; I hope you will be persuaded and add some of this to yours. . .

What we want from work

Our relationship with work is peculiar and complicated. We work to maintain ourselves, of course, but that maintenance is at least as important psychically as it is physically. Unfortunately, much of the advice offered by management – and, it must be said, especially “leadership” – gurus over recent decades has distorted the psychic element, turning it back in on itself. It is possible, for example, to read much of this material and conclude . . .

Classy concepts

A book I’m currently reading pokes a little fun at the general belief among managers, especially in the United States, that they must read only the “latest” “research” on management. Anything not excruciatingly current runs the risk of leading them down dangerously out of date side paths. It’s as if management “science” is equivalent to quantum physics, continuously transforming our view of reality as new facts are uncovered. Have you read anything lately that uncovered any new “facts” about management?

Excuses

Years ago one of the annual lists of best excuses given by drivers to police officers included this gem . . .