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Management of the Absurd

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An original, contrarian philosophy that challenges today's leaders to look past the quick fix and deal thoughtfully with the real complexities of managing people.

In organizations, as in life, human behavior is often irrational — and problems do not easily lend themselves to the simplistic answers and gimmickry offered in the myriad business "self-help" books and management training programs available today. In Management of the Absurd, Richard Farson zeros in on the paradoxes of communication, the politics of management, and the dilemmas of change, exploring relationships within organizations and offering a unique perspective on the challenges managers face.

Synopsis:

A "Business Week" bestseller, this original, contrarian philosophy challenges today's leaders to look past the quick fix and deal thoughtfully with the real complexities of managing people.

About the Author

Richard Farson, a psychologist, educator, and former CEO, is president of the International Design Conference in Aspen. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Michael Crichton

Introduction: Embracing Paradox and Absurdity

PART ONE

A Different Way of thinking

1. The Opposite of a Profound Truth Is Also True

2. Nothing Is as Invisible as the Obvious

PART TWO

The "Technology" of Human Relation

3. The More Important a Relationship, the Less Skill Matters

4. Once You Find a Management Technique That Works, Give It Up

5. Effective Managers Are Not in Control

6. Most Problems That People Have Are Not Problems

7. Technology Creates the Opposite of Its Intended Purpose

8. We Think We Invent Technology, but Technology Also Invents Us

PART THREE

The Paradoxes of Communication

9. The More We Communicate, the Less We Communicate

10. In Communication, Form Is More Important Than Content

11. Listening Is More Difficult Than Talking

12. Praising People Does Not Motivate Them

PART FOUR

The Politics of Management

13. Every Act Is a Political Act

14. The Best Resource for the Solution of Any Problem Is the Person or Group That Presents the Problem

PART FIVE

Organizational Predicaments

15. Organizations That Need Help Most Will Benefit from It Least

16. Individuals Are Almost Indestructible, but Organizations Are Very Fragile

17. The Better Things Are, the Worse They Feel

PART SIX

Dilemmas of Change

18. We Think We Want Creativity or Change, but We Really Don't

19. We Want for Ourselves Not What We Are Missing, but More of What We Already Have

20. Big Changes Are Easier to Make Than Small Ones

21. We Learn Not from Our Failures but from Our Successes — and the Failures of Others

22. Everything We Try Works, and Nothing Works

23. Planning Is an Ineffective Way to Bring About Change

24. Organizations Change Most by Surviving Calamities

25. People We Think Need Changing Are Pretty Good the Way They Are

PART SEVEN

The Aesthetics of Leadership

26. Every Great Strength Is a Great Weakness

27. Morale Is Unrelated to Productivity

28. There Are No Leaders, There Is Only Leadership

29. The More Experienced the Managers, the More They Trust Simple Intuition

30. Leaders Cannot Be Trained, but They Can Be Educated

31. In Management, to Be a Professional One Must Be an Amateur

PART EIGHT

Avoiding the Future

32. Lost Causes Are the Only Ones Worth Fighting For

33. My Advice Is Don't Take My Advice

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684830445
Foreword:
Crichton, Michael
Author:
Crichton, Michael
Author:
Farson, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business management
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
map MF-1431
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 5.705 oz

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