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In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management
In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management
by Jack Feeney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Fianna Fail Incompetence..., 30 April 2009
Although satirical, this book is largely based on Fianna Fail Government management practices. From 'a lot done, more to do' to dodgy 'Business Expansion Schemes' to downright incompetence. How can an economy sink from being the envy of Europe change into an incompetent, drooling idiot? Through management incompetence. If a private company was managed in the same way as the Irish Economy was managed in the last 12 years, it would have closed a long time ago and the best (or worst) is yet to come. Many decent Irish people are ashamed of what the 'leaders' of this country have done with it but then again, you can't fool all the people all of the time.


The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (The One Minute Manager)
The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (The One Minute Manager)
by Kenneth Blanchard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for managing dogs or idiotic employees ..., 21 Nov 2007
Same story as most of the other best-selling One Minute Manager books - People can be managed like dogs or idiotic children. The approach works great if you're the Manager applying the BS but if you're forced to eat it (ie you're an employee / human resource), it can be very frustrating and mentally destabilizing. On a serious note, there's a sinister agenda running through these books, highly stacked in favor of 'managers'.

Great book for the skindeep, none-too-bright, busy executive wanting a quick-fix to inflict onto his stupid employees and / or a line of crap to spout to his upper levels!


I Moved Your Cheese
I Moved Your Cheese
by Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & well written - Better than Shillet Bang!, 18 Aug 2005
This review is from: I Moved Your Cheese (Paperback)
I loved it! If you're ever considering 'self-help' read this book first. Buried within the pages and satire is good, solid advice though you would need to read at least one of the hundreds of 'Who moved my Cheese' type books. Read this if youre considering self-help OR if, like me, you felt a degree of uneasy constipation on reading 'Who Moved My Cheese' - you wont regret it! It's MONUMENTAL.


Bluff Your Way in Management (Bluffers Guides)
Bluff Your Way in Management (Bluffers Guides)
by John Courtis
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book : Learn how to speak BS.... within hours !, 9 Dec 2004
I received this recently as a present and was pleasantly surprised. It's well written, informative and easy to follow. If you're a manager, you MUST read this book. If you're not a manager, you should read it - Within hours you'll be baffling, waffling and BS'ing your manager, your peers and your subordinates. I'm sure it must be ESSENTIAL reading for Harvard MBA's - (10 out of 10, 100%, Number 1, Etc. Etc.)


Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace
Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace
by Ricardo Semler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best management practice now made easy!, 9 Oct 2004
As a management consultant I found this book very useful indeed - much of it is directly applicable to shop-floor and pressure-politics situations - the 20-page cartoon "rulebook" at the end is more than worth the price of the book itself - buy it! And if you have the courage, apply what it says, too: It's been known for some time that organizations are designed according to "command and control" principles that very poorly match how humans are really built to behave. More complex self-ordering behavior is always observed when any lack of hierarchy exists, and the hierarchies that do emerge tend to be more effective than those that were designed by managers with experience in previous eras. Semler just chose to trust it more than, say, Tom Peters. Prof. Nicholson, head of London Business School recently wrote (in the Harvard Business Review) that Semler's model was the only one to really respect "stone age nature" of human behavior (the many insights from evolutionary psychology that tell us that we're far more often feeling our way through decisions than thinking our way through).
Semlers assessment of Human Resource Management (HRM) practice is truly radical but built on a foundation of good management practice and a healthy dose of common sense. HRM managers and departments confuse traditional and successful hierarchies and should be the first thing to be axed if any organisation is serious about survival in the 21st Century.
Excellent book and guide, highly practical and an enjoyable read.


The Office: The Scripts, Series 2
The Office: The Scripts, Series 2
by Ricky Gervais
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - for readers, writers and managers everywhere !, 7 Oct 2004
Essential reading for any budding BAFTA writers - its nearly as funny as watching David Brent, baffling in action. Nicely presented with photograps/screengrabs from all the classic cringe moments of this amazing series. Includes screen direction and character descriptions - excellent (10/10, full marks, 100% Etc. Etc.)


The Dilbert Principle (A Dilbert Book)
The Dilbert Principle (A Dilbert Book)
by Scott Adams
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful snapshot into the world of management, 7 Oct 2004
Non-stop laughs await the reader of this brilliant work. Scott Adams has an incredible ability to detect the absurd in the world of corporations and management and turn it into entertainment for the masses of cube dwellers who must endure it day after day. I especially enjoyed his analysis of "downsizing" (now called 'rightsizing' in management BS terms) and the way management will package it in the future.
The most surprising part of the book was Scott Adams' description of the principles he would use to run a company starting by getting rid of the HR department! All his ideas actually make a lot of sense and would probably help to make a company more successful.


Good To Great
Good To Great
by Jim Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, fast moving and practical gem of a book !, 30 Sep 2004
This review is from: Good To Great (Hardcover)
This book was number one on the Wall Street Journal's list for a long time for good reason. It is a very pleasurable and easy read (like a well written and fast-moving novel) that will certainly set off light bulbs in your head. The coverage of the iterative process of buildup and breakthrough is outstanding. If you are an executive, manager, or entrepreneur, make sure you grab this book and take it to the beach or knock it out over a weekend. You'll certainly not be disappointed. 10 out of 10!


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series)
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series)
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp, interesting read with good, solid advice !, 23 Sep 2004
Sound (and usable) tenets of teamwork wrapped up in a very readble and interesting story. Great way to get the points across, and the characters are definitely believable - you'll recognize most of them.
The last section offers simple, practical and useful remedies for dysfunctional teams but doesn't condescend or patronise, in the way that the 'One Minute manager' books do.
Easily read in two or three hours and offering good advice.


Good To Great
Good To Great
by Jim Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and inspirational - 10 out of 10!, 23 Sep 2004
This review is from: Good To Great (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book and will surely go down as one of the greatest management books of all time (In Search Of Excellence, The Goal, Barbarians at the Gate, The Future of Work, Gods of Management Etc.)
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down - its inspirational reading and incites the reader to think differently about their organisation and their place in it.
Its all good, solid and practical management advice with none of the touchy / feely Human Resource Management stuff.
Simply brilliant 10 out of 10!


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