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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1 edition (November 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047172503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471725039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Today's businesses are mired in mediocrity. The current trend toward increased political correctness in society in general, and in the business world in particular, is making it tougher and tougher to get things done in the office. We've gone from tolerating people's differences to tolerating their shortcomings—and business is paying the price.

When society deems all behaviors and beliefs equally valid, society fails. As our culture's morality declines, so does its work ethic. Today, almost any behavior is tolerated, but you can't fire a bad employee for being a bad employee. If all other behaviors are okay, then it must be okay to be late for work too. When society changes for the worse so does business. The cancers of moral

relativism and political correctness are destroying businesses just like they're destroying our society—and it's time to take a stand.

If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown is a guide for business leaders who are sick and tired of political correctness and its corrosive effect on the workforce—and are ready to do something about it. It shows business leaders how to stop the trend toward increasing workplace political correctness and how to tackle the crises it causes with leadership strategies that get results in times of mediocrity.

This book won't tell you how to make your employees happy. After all, who cares if they're happy if no one's working? Instead, it tells you how to motivate lazy employees, reward the winners, fire the losers, and run a tight and profitable ship. You won't find any touchy-feely gobbledygook about caring or being nice. Instead, you'll find simple, to-the-point wisdom that only sounds clichéd because it works.

But you'd better be tough enough to face the truth and fight the forces attacking your business. To change your company for the better, you have to be a strong leader and you have to be prepared to rock the boat. It's true, in today's politically correct business world, If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown.

From the Back Cover

This is not your typical business book. You won't find academic remedies to your business challenges or exhortations to create a warmer and fuzzier workplace. In fact, you'll find the opposite—tips on how to be a tougher, take-no-prisoners-style manager. It's time to stop letting workplace political correctness push you around and get serious about your business.

In If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown, Dave Anderson doesn't pull any punches. Offering simple wisdom and politically incorrect solutions that really work, he's not here to inspire you, but to taunt you into action. He shows you how to be more direct without being disrespectful; how to give honest feedback even when it hurts; and how to hold employees accountable for results. In short, you'll learn how to get the most out of your business.

Want more politically incorrect wisdom?

  • Tenure is a license for laziness
  • Diversity without competence is worthless
  • Don't trade your values for valuables
  • Political correctness is a disease that destroys the workplace
  • It's time to fight back!

More About the Author

Dave is president of Dave Anderson's LearnToLead, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company. Prior to beginning LearnToLead, Dave enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the automotive retail industry.

Dave has given over 1,000 workshops and speeches over the past decade on sales and leadership development and has spoken in fifteen countries.

Dave is author of twelve books, including the TKO Business Series, Up Your Business, If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown , How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK, and How to Lead by THE BOOK.

He authors a monthly leadership column for two national magazines and his interviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily and US News & World Report. He was a featured speaker at the NADA Convention for ten straight years and is a frequent panelist on MSNBC's Your Business show. Please visit www.LearnToLead.com to learn more about Dave as well as gain over 500 free training articles and videos on sales, management and leadership!

Dave is also a martial arts enthusiast who holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.

Dave, along with his wife Rhonda, is the co-founder of the Matthew 25:35 Foundation, whose mission is to bring food, housing, clothing, healing, and ministry to under-resourced and imprisoned people worldwide. Please visit, www.facebook.com/M2535F for more information.

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I started reading the book in an Airport terminal, and I couldn't stop!
Robert Younglood
Dave Anderson gives clear, concise examples of how this insideous disease has infiltrated businesses...and how to remove it from and keep it out of yours.
Michael Roscoe
I've read a lot of books on leadership and business and I can honestly say I've taken something of value from each and every one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Valeri on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of merit-based achievement, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dave Anderson's If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown: 10 Hard Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times. In this straightforward tome, Anderson, president of LearnToLead, an international sales and management training organization, describes techniques for combating the politically correct cancer spreading wildly throughout businesses in the United States.

His no-nonsense strategies for implementing a meritocracy provide a great model for leaders aspiring to encourage and reward innovation and results, and weed out the dead weight. Throughout this book Anderson gives examples of political correctness run amuck. In his well researched chapter, "Peering into the PC Cesspool," his examples are enlightening, true-to-life, and at times, frustrating.

Anderson relieved my frustration by providing clear directions for eradicating the overabundance of political correctness in business. He can be blunt, and his frankness can be a little unnerving. To his credit, Anderson warns his readers of his candid approach, which comes from a conservative Christian point of view.

Anderson's knowledge comes from his firsthand experience running his own successful business, and dealing with the complications and barriers that can result from political correctness gone awry. This is an excellent book for anyone attempting to overcome challenges of this nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gus Gustafson on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having had the pleasure of consulting with hundreds of managers and owners in the last 10 years, I have to say (or write) this book hits you smack dab between the eyes on how to run a profitable and growing organization.

Motivational speakers come and go. But it's pretty obvious Dave is here to stay and will make you laugh (and probably even cringe a little) along the way throughout this easy read.

Buy as many copies of this book as you can and share them with your management team. The opening comments in his preface hit home to everyone in business in the greatest country in the world.

I have shared Dave's ideas with some of my clients with great success.

Thanks Dave Anderson.

Gus Gustafson

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Boldebook on October 28, 2005
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If we didn't live in these 'politically correct' times, the title for this book might be.. 'Back to Leadership Basics'

The thread that runs through Dave Anderson's book is the need for honest appraisal and 'no holds barred' criticism as a tool for individual growth. I only wish some of the employers I worked for 35 years ago could have read a book like this. I recommend this book to any person in the position of management/leadership and for those who aspire to the same.

If you follow the tenets of this book, your employees will respect and admire you...and someday give you credit for their success.

Jim Boldebook

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Watkinson on April 21, 2006
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I've read a lot of books on leadership and business and I can honestly say I've taken something of value from each and every one. But I've never read a book where I've walked away with SO MANY gems to help make my business and me...BETTER! I love Dave's honesty. In this book he says the stuff the rest of us sometimes don't have the guts to say.

Thank you Dave. Great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maine Reader on January 3, 2006
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This book is outstanding. It cuts right thru to the heart of the matter. Warning: it is NOT PC.

Everyone can benefit from this, especially those in business with a desire to really get ahead!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Younglood on April 21, 2006
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I started reading the book in an Airport terminal, and I couldn't stop! What Dave Anderson has to say is honest, fair and most of all inspiring. This book caters to all, those starting out in the business world like myself, and those retired men and women who have experienced it all. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who wants great advice in their professional life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis N. on December 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book will make you laugh, cry, get mad, get determine and change your life. I wish Dave Anderson had written this book 20 years ago because, I believe, it would have change the success of my dealership tremendously. Don't get me wrong, I had a very success business, I thought, but it could have been so much better. What I love about this book is it's a "no nonsense" approach to running a business, any business. If we all use "Waves" as the template for our business model................look out you'll reach levels you only dreamed about. As a business consultant, I recommend Dave's training materials to all my accounts but his new book is the best yet. If you want real answers to your business challenges this is the reference book. I love his chapters on entitlements and pay plans. It is hard hitting and direct. There is not sugar coating here, just the facts. Thanks Dave for once again writting to us about solutions that work if we have the guts to pull the trigger!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Revel on August 9, 2007
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Dave Anderson delivers a very candid, straight-forward rant on the politically correct office politics that are polluting work environments. I particularly enjoyed "The Business Facts of Life". Anderson makes valid arguments and some of his rhetoric is a needed wake-up call for many companies that are traveling the slippery slope of political correctness in business life. I do feel that Mr. Anderson purposely tries to be controversial and in doing so leaves the reader a bit turned off and inclined to miss the good points that are made. Sometimes you have to make waves in order to succeed in business, however, the contention that waves have to be made as a strategy is silly and unproductive. If you don't make waves you'll drown does have some leadership lessons that are worth reading and although some examples used to support his ideas didn't resonate well with me, there are enough good points in the book to make it a profitable read. Enjoy!
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