I got my copy of The Decision Maker today, and quickly sat down and read it cover to cover. This is an incredible book with a lot of real world strategies. How can real world solutions come from a fable? Simple, all of the lessons contained come from the real world experiences of Bakke at AES, Imagine Schools and other business experiences. I run a small business, with a couple part-time employees and contractors. If I had just read another management book telling me what happened at another large company, I would have said, "Yep, another book about big business." But because this is a fable, it gives you the creative license to make applications to your organization. As I read the dialog, surely it came from real world conversations within the walls of large business, but because of the "fable" format, I could hear these conversations occurring among my staff.
Specifically, I learned how altering my decision making power structures, even within my small organization, can potentially transform some of the tension and difficulties we experience. I learned methods of approaching others, how to explain new strategies and implement these ideas. Yes, it is fiction, but anyone reading it should be able to see how the concepts were born in real world experience and can be applied to any organization (which is why I would presume, a fiction format was chosen - to broaden the applications).
All in all, a great read, I call it an airplane book. Get on a flight, kick back, and a few hours later, you will get off the plane a better manager and more effective leader. I also read Bakke's book, "Joy at Work" and together they are essential tools for any business owner or leader. I am a student at Bakke Graduate University, which is named after the Bakke brothers. I have also read Ray Bakke's books and they are awesome too!