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The Three Ways of Getting Things Done: Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy in Organizations
The Three Ways of Getting Things Done: Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy in Organizations
by Gerard Fairtlough
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars There is a better way!, 18 Mar. 2007
I heard of this book when listening to author on the radio being interviewed. I have worked for some large organisations which have been simultaneously very efficient in some areas but staggeringly wasteful in others.

Mr Faitlough expounds his theory with some good first hand examples in this book, finding examples of inefficiency are all to easy but this book focusses on the positive and practical.

The Three Ways brings to life the concepts of how of organisations can be run. Heterachy and responsible autonomy contribute far more to a successful organisation than the abstract concepts I first thought.

I think this book offers a succinct way for anyone seeking to understand how to get people to work together more effectively.

Nothing Changes Under The Sun
Nothing Changes Under The Sun
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £14.14

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why does everyone like this so much?, 13 Dec. 2005
This is one of those alblums that like the K&D sessions that appears in the background of all manner of TV progammes at the moment. That's probably how it is best enjoyed, as background music when you are concentrating on something else.

There are perhaps five or six really nice relaxing tracks, but also too many that don't really go anywhwere and grate more with each listen. The album is worth buying for those good tracks alone but there's better chill out music out there. Listening to the whole album will just remind you just how fresh other works of a similar genera sounded like Zero7, Nightmares on Wax, Air, Aim etc sounded compared to this.

The End of History and the Last Man
The End of History and the Last Man
by Francis Fukuyama
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, 10 April 2005
Having first read this book perhaps ten years ago it has been interesting to watch world events unfold a democratic ideas continue to take hold across the globe.
The main thrust of this book is to promote the idea that no one has come forward with a more effective and stable model than capitalism and democracy, warts and all. The sometimes stumbling rise of this form of society is inevitable across the globe. He persues this arguement philosophically and empically. It is food for thought for example that despite all the conflict of recent times no two democracies have gone to war against each other in the last 100 years. It is fair to say that this book has changed the outlook of myself and others and left me feeling better about living in a fairly liberal capiltalist democracy.
Despite what other people may have written here I did not find the book overly intellectual, this really is a compelling read for those who like arguement. The points contained within this book simple and clearly put forward. That said I found this to be a deeply flawed work and yet this did not detract from my opinion of it. Yes some of it is cobblers but given the scale vast subjects covered the detail of the arguements are not as important as the conclusions reached. That may sound odd but rather like Mr Fukuyama's arguement that no one has come up with a better form of govenerance than the USA despite all it's faults, the same appears to apply to the book itself as I have yet to read a better explanation of our times. He brings to life what is essentially are age old discussions. This book is starting point or stepping stone for discussions rather than an end point. Somebody had to say it first for someone else to prove it wrong.

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