This is a rite-of-passage book, it's for anyone who expects to be involved in building and leading teams at some point in their career. I really do wish I'd read it at 19 when I had to recruit my first team-member - it would have made me a better interviewer, a better manager and a more focused leader.
And, of course, the best managers never stop learning, which means that experienced, senior managers will also find that an investment of their limited time in reading 'It's The People' will pay off. It's full of timely reminders of the value of youth, fresh ideas and practical leadership - I've been managing people for 24 years and I've definitely benefited from this refreshment of my views on management.
What's remarkable is that the power of the book isn't really taken from new ideas, though experienced managers will find lots of good ideas they weren't aware of, it's from an incredibly practical, useful and accessible telling of the fundamental stories of management.
Dembitz mentions that he was a pupil of Charles Handy at the LSE and it shows in his championing of the value of young people, his cutting through the jargon and double speak, and in his 'apply this now' practical application.
That point about youth is important: John Dembitz is, I think he would admit, in the golden senior stage of his business career, and he isn't saying 'throw out the oldies and let the youngsters have a go', no he's saying something more subtle and important - new graduates and young workers have an intrinsic value in their freshness, world-view, lack of cynisism and lack of exposure to 'the way things are done'. Therefore, Dembitz, suggests, senior managers must attract, nurture and look after those people rather than exploit their youth and relative lack of experience through low-pay, long hours, unfair internships and hierarchical structures.
My eldest daughter is 21 and will graduate in just over a year - I hope she then goes on to work for somebody like John Dembitz. It will mean she is at a company that values people, that is successful and that is a fun, balanced, place to work. This book shows managers how to build just such a place and it should be on your shelf as a result.