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This review is from: Uncommon Sense, Common Nonsense: Why some organisations consistently outperform others (Paperback)
I found this an unusual, and unusually good, book.
It is unconventional in its format - a series of interrelated essays rather than long chapters - that make it enjoyable and easy to read, especially if you have bite-sized chunks of time to fill, for example as a regular traveller.
However, the book's real value comes from its ability to uncover underlying assumptions and management conventions and turn them on their head. This is a book that really makes you think.
The authors draw intelligently upon a wide range of disciplines - economics, strategy, marketing, operations management, organisational behavior, education and so on - and weave them expertly into thinking models and questions that cut open huge but under-examined challenges facing organisations today.
You won't agree with every statement in this book, and I suspect the authors would be horrified if you did. They clearly want to help managers think for themselves and develop, as the title implies, their own 'uncommon sense'.
Imagine a book that explores management failings with the perceptiveness and wit of Dilbert, but with the detail to actually understand the problems and optimism to offer some practical solutions. This is that book.