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Thought-provoking book aimed at business leaders,
This review is from: What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation (Hardcover)
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The book didn't start promisingly. In the third sentence that I read, the book says: "Instead, its a multi-faceted agenda." The book used "its" instead of of "it's". The book also used "breech" as a verb rather than "breach". On another page, a sentence reads: "The assumption: people want to do the right thing, but need a lot information" - missing out "a lot OF information". I could go on.
I know that may seem picky, but I found it intensely irritating and distracting that the book had so many typos and grammatical errors in it! I hope the editor of the book reads this review and takes action!
Onto the content of the book though, I found Hamel's arguments well-made. He argues that organisations need to be more ethical (putting more emphasis on values), need to innovate more, need to be more adaptable, need to encourage employees to be more passionate about their work, and need to rely less on top-down command-and-control styles of management. All of these arguments make sense and Hamel gives examples of organisations where this has happened and helped those organisations to also do better than their competitors.
The book is quite dense and full of management language so I didn't find it easy to read in one sitting. However, I'm glad I read it as it has given me a lot of food for thought in how I can run my team more effectively.
I would say that this book is aimed squarely at fairly senior managers within organisations if not the CEO and other executives. The book isn't of much help to people who don't have a lot of sway and influence within their organisations.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012 13:37:17 BDT
I think you mean "on to the contents of the book", not "onto". ;-)
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