Nice to read something from a Germanic 'deep thinker' again. The book is most certainly not following the Anglo-Saxon 'one minute manager' approach. Change takes time, it's difficult, painful and produces anxiety. Fair points all. Just the tone of the whole thing is a balm of sorts.
The book book is composed from chapters previously removed from another of his works and now suitably reworked. The fundamental distinction made is between having and being and consequences of both approaches, as well as the inability to successfully integrate them both is discussed. The author also explores in depth the desire for and ultimate failure of all 'quick-fix' methodologies, as well as the basis for their popularity.
While he might be a bit of an armchair scientist in the Freudian mould, I'd still rather listen to someone like him, than a jumped up 'I read the seven habits of successful people' pretend motivator. Only wish I'd stumbled across him earlier. Fromm, that is :)