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New Rules for the New World: Cautionary Tales for the New World Manager 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1900961158
ISBN-10: 1900961156
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"Making it happen is Obeng's constant refrain and his books are an antidote to the dryness of much managerial theorizing. Old World they are not." -- Financial Times

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New Rules for the New World Even if you have read every book on the shelf, and taken the best available advice from inside your organisation and from consultants, and put in place a painstakingly crafted plan for implementing strategic change, and motivated your colleagues and staff behind the plan…the chances are that it will all go horribly wrong. It nearly always does. New Rules for the New World is about what goes wrong and why, the path from good (and often correct) intention to disaster. It is about the bumpy road from a great idea like ‘Why don’t we benchmark against our competitors?’ to complete industry failure, to Queen of the Pigs (you benchmarked against organisations that are themselves failing). And it’s about how to avoid that road. This is a book of stories. Each tale paints a picture of good intentions gone wrong. Through the stories you will meet a cast of characters familiar to anyone in business - the Empowering Manager, the Uncertain Strategist, the Global Communicator and the Merged Chief Executive. Each story has a moral, a new rule for the New World. A practical rule which would have prevented failure. The Financial Times calls Obeng an agent provocateur. New Rules for the New World will provoke you into your future. The Tales Prologue to the Cautionary Tales The Tale of the Empowering Manager The Uncertain Strategist’s Tale The Tale of the Customer-focused Manager The Tale of the Lost Self-directed Team Leader The Tale of the Global Communicator The Tale of the Self-starter’s Growing Pains The Strategic Change Implementer’s Tale The Organisation Development Manager’s Dimensions The Tale of the Informatised Manager The Merged Chief Executive’s Tale The Re-engineer’s Quest The Business Bench-marker’s Tale Epilogue The Rules Say ‘AND’ not ‘OR’ Assume Fair=Different not Fair=Equal Change Dependence to Interdependence Do Nothing which is of No use Stakeholders rule OK! Make time fit! Chunk It or Junk It! All Constraints into Meatspace Unlearn Everything! Don’t change anything! Loop It up! Go Virtual!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900961156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900961158
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of not only reading this book but also meeting the author. He spoke at a recent conference and was very entertaining. The book is divided into 2 sections. One section focuses on change management principles. The principles are practical and can be applied in almost any business/personal situation. The other section of the book has "tales" about change. The Tales were more interesting reading and it was easy to see the application of the principles through the analogies used in the Tales. The writing style is very relaxed. He often takes side trips or even commentates on his own writing.
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