Top critical review
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
No real ground breaking material here.
This is a very short book that you can start and finish while waiting for your flight, and it gives advice about how
to be a better manager and leader in a very simplistic and idealized manner, almost to the point of being naive.
On a curious note: when reading it I thought to myself:
I cant really pinpoint why, but this one certainly has a whiff of Who Stoled My Cheese.
Only later I realized both books share the same author.
The book provides 3 simple rules for managing:
1) define clear goals
2) praise to build confidence when something right is done
3) re-direct (provide constructive feedback when something wrong was done)
While some of the advice is useful, it is a little bit frustrating to see the book navigating through the topics of
managing and leading almost like a fairy tale assuming everything and every advice given will turn out as expected
as if the world was perfect. It is also a little bit condescending portraiting the manager as the know-it-all disguised
as a great guy who is worshiped by all his employees.
Humans are complicated, greedy, deceitful, biased and backstabbing animals.
Couple that with the ever increasing pace of change and fierce competition for success that businesses and markets face nowadays and you'll have a glimpse of how leadership and managing roles are more complicated and challenging to handle than ever.
Do not expect a pamphlet-like book that can be read in a couple hours to turn you into a fully fledged successful
leader. Nevertheless, the advice given in the book does make sense and doesnt hurt you either.
So treat the advice given in the book as points that you should keep in mind and try to apply whenever possible,
but take them with a big pinch of salt knowing that there is a whole bunch more that is not covered here and that you
should have as part of your toolkit.