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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Time to Reprogram Corporate America!, August 1, 2009
This review is from: Why Your Boss is Programmed to be a Dictator: A book for anyone who has a boss or is a boss (Paperback)
Chetan Dhruve drives home a fascinating point in this look at the insidious nature of those creatures we love to hate---bosses. Through a process called "System Thinking" (aka "Common Sense") we discover that "something outside of them" compels their horrible behavior towards those they supervise. Actually, it's not a new revelation as far as I'm concerned; but it's definitely right on the money.

The problem is the way the typical organization is structured, and the culture of "fear" that is so pervasive throughout. Many of us have witnessed it firsthand; some have even written books about it (I did). To put it succinctly, the "fear-based culture" of management; the typical way of doing business in corporate America; has done a number of not so neat "tricks" over the past few decades. The very nature of the typical corporate hierarchy breeds intimidation; which breeds fear; which breeds micro-management; which breeds backstabbing.

That's a lot of breeding going on; and unfortunately, this type of breeding isn't at all fun. In fact, it's destroying many organizations by killing morale; that in turn hinders employee engagement; and the end result is lower productivity for corporate America. Estimates on how much this is costing our overall productivity range anywhere from $1 to $2 trillion, annually; and that's not a typo. Trillions of dollars is being wasted each year because the head-honchos of so many companies don't seem to understand that getting employees excited about going to work breeds success; because the happy & motivated employee is the productive employee.

If you want a real-life maverick's perspective on what's wrong with corporate America, I'd encourage you to take a look at my book---Life Under the Corporate Microscope: A Maverick's Irreverent Perspective---right here on Amazon.

In the meantime, I'd encourage you to buy this book, for the comprehensive explanation of what's wrong with big business & also check out Paul Herr's Primal Management: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Nature to Drive High Performance; another five star gem.
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