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Here is my objection based on my personal experience. Though we feel crushed thinking that our bosses are unaware of our sincere efforts, yet we must not forget that they are watching our work and they know our capabilities. It's just our fate that we are not getting rewards because of those bootlickers. "Negative peer pressure can degrade productivity."
"However, the problem is much bigger than this employee having a bad boss. The organization’s culture has allowed someone to be a bad boss to begin with." I do agree that there are many cases in every organization.
"People don’t quit their jobs nearly as much as they quit their bosses." Absolutely right.
"Fairness in the workplace should be a key concern of leadership. Playing favorites among certain employees and targeting others for ridicule should not be tolerated."
This book needs formatting, first chapter itself contains 16 such pages, chapter 2: 6 pages, Chapter 3: 12 pages, Chapter 4: 11 pages and so on..... I don't think it's an usual style of "reflection questions or survey results."
Two thumbs up for "Dear Boss." You will read it and then find yourself referring back to it again and again.
His book helps people easily see the main problems in communication and GIVES YOU THE TOOLS LEADERS NEED to change their workplace into what it should be; EFFECTIVE AND FULFILLING. You can also apply these SIMPLE TOOLS IN ANY DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP. Life would be so much happier for all if we followed these methods. A VALUABLE BOOK!
1.Wisdom. Ancient Truths. Facts. Whatever you want to call them. The book finds these things every chapter or so. For those that love to read you know what I'm talking about. It's like an insight that is always there just below the surface of things, it operates on our lives, we might not always see it, but when we pause to reflect..to learn...to open our mind we can find it again and again and again. I found some of these insights again through this book. Insights that I should think about more often but when my social mind is cluttered with the chatter of the news, daily life, and superficiality, its not always easy to keep them top of mind.
2.What do these people have in common? Arnold's depiction of the Terminator, Jesus, Simon Sinek, JMU coach Mike Houston, Confucius, Michael Phelps, Les Brown, Zappos, and Jet Blue.
They are all referenced in this book. The Terminator reference was especially amusing and enjoyable. The author pulls from all of these sources to help the reader get below the surface and hopefully see the insights he is working to communicate. This helps maintain interest and keeps the topic accessible to the casual reader of business performance.
3. Love Works by Joel Manby. This book doesn't try to recreate Manby's. What I enjoyed though was the mutual treatment of the Greek words agape and agapao to describe love in a social and moral sense. "The secret to showing that you care about your employees is not really a secret. It's treating everyone the way you would want to be treated. In a word, it's love." states McFarland. In a time that may not be 'feeling the love' socially/politically, its easy to forget this little piece of ancient wisdom.
4. Totally Quotable. There are plenty of great referenced quotes from inspiring thought leaders. There are also plenty of McFarland quotes! I found this to be impressive and enjoyable. "They forget that the standard was made for the employees, not the employees for the standard." "Trust is to relationships what oxygen is to life." "If your team isn't failing enough, then they are not trying enough." "If we aren't face to face, then we don't see eye to eye." "Humble leaders are not weak; they know who they are so they do not need to pretend to be someone they're not."
Well, that's all I have time for right now. I'm sorry I couldn't have proof read better or spent more time sharing some of my favorite parts of the book. To hash out once more an overused but always truism, "It is what it is." Good luck, enjoy your life, gaze at the stars nightly, and keep reading. Cheers!