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John Kay is a dull man,
This review is from: Obliquity: Why our goals are best achieved indirectly (Paperback)
This is a pretty boring book. I gave up at chapter 10.
It's a formula book. John Kay's 'big idea' is that goals should be approached indirectly. But it is not clear that really IS the big idea, since in Kay's hands 'obliquity' means several different things, including the indirect pursuit of a goal, the iterative but direct pursuit of a goal, and the pursuit of different goals which just happen to result in two things John Kay likes very much - money and happiness.
Each chapter hammers away, in a not very insightful way, at these ideas. Certainly not an original way, since almost all anecdotes and examples have appeared somewhere else; Isaiah Berlin's foxes and hedgehogs re-appear here, alongside any number of management gurus' pet nostrums.
The opening chapters seem to have been drafted as a happiness self-help book; it then switches into management self-help.
The long and the short of it?
Short on ideas, long on wind, concepts muddled.
John Kay is a dull boy.