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Working Without a Net: How to Survive and Thrive in Today's High Risk Business World Hardcover – December, 1994

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An underlyning thesis of this book is that "people's ability to change is not a function of capacity but of choice." The author, an entrepreneurial consultant and educator, contends that in today's business climate all the rules have changed, traditional approaches aren't working, and all the participants must learn to use a new paradigm or perhaps many new paradigms to achieve success. Provided here are a host of new ideas, techniques, and tools to help one survive and even thrive in this new environment. For instance, Shechtman advises employees to clarify their values to stay on target and to feel accountable not to an organization or group but to individuals. Chapters cover topics such as decision-making, growth and success, relationship building, accountability, anger, and goals. All libraries with business collections will want to purchase this alternative to typical management books.
Susan C. Awe, Jefferson Cty. P.L., Arvada, Col.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Job security is no longer a given in most industries and professions. In fact, not only have the old guarantees disappeared, but the very concepts of jobs, work, and the workplace are undergoing radical change. It is in this context that business consultant and former university professor and psychotherapist Shechtman explains for individuals, managers, and organizations how the rules have altered and offers alternative ways to view a world dominated by change. Looking at loyalty, autonomy, choice, and other aspects of individual and organizational behavior, he diagnoses distress signals and warning symptoms and prescribes therapies based on his "new way to view the world." David Rouse
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130262390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130262394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Job security, care taking, blind loyalty, independence, and autocracy are OUT. Adaptability, responsibility, reciprocal loyalty, interdependence, and conflict are IN. Simply put, Morris Shechtman gives us "a clue" on how to successfully "play" today's radically changed corporate game. Just the title, "Working Without a Net", gave me the jitters. As each chapter, from "An Alternative to Working and Living In a Fantasy World" to "Doing the Right Thing," unfolds, entrenched ideas of "how things work" in the workplace are shattered, first by a values clarification test, (oh, yes, most of us have some very interesting value conflicts when it comes to the old career), and then a series of growth and success strategies, powerful exercises, and the revelation that paradigm shifts are necessary to assist in our surviving and thriving in our new "net-less" environment.
The rationale for the paradigm shifts?: an ever-changing global economy that increases competition, decreases profits and margins, and heightens the emphasis on human resources as the key to gaining the competitive edge. Far from advocating a cold-hearted Darwinian approach to business, "Working Without A Net" celebrates the capacity of people within an organization to resolve their differences, pursue corporate goals, and successfully met the challenges of today's high-risk business world. - Ted DeCorte, M.A.
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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent read for anyone who wants to survive and thrive in the new economy. The world has become a much smaller and closer-knit group of companies and customers. Learning how to keep and get new customers and working relationships with other companies and co-workers is essential in this new economic environment that we are in. This book provides the tools and recommendations that will help anyone (from a CEO to the mail clerk) understand the new realities of business and what needs to happen to survive and thrive in the new economy.
An excellent guide for anyone that wants to succeed and climb the ladder of success.
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Dr. Schectman nailed the upcoming workplace culture years before it was upon us. What a great read. Read it with an understanding of when it was written. I still use its values clarification test today. Absolutely great and relevant book for any individual. Profound read for leadership.
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Great book. I will be buying copies for all of the poeple that work for me. In this "high risk" environment, this is an excellent book to help you chart your course. It is also a good book to disucss with your managmenet team as to how you would like to interact and what you expect of them.
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Interesting and novel premise for a sitcom. Peck very convincing as he comes into his own as GM and plays well against Zea, the cheerleader widow. I think the show has traction and will garner a strong audience following. I would suggest that some of the dialogue be toned down as the invectives sometimes felt forced. The scene with Peck confronting the rookie quarterback was clearly the highlight and next was Zea confronting the other owners. Not sure where this is slated to be shown but I would think there will be an audience of varying ages. I am not sure the story line is helped by drugs, invectives and inappropriate behavior. The show had some real terrific moments and is not in need of sensationalism to keep it going. Again, Peck and Zea work well together. Peck seems to have become the newbie GM and makes it seem natural. I think some of the dialogue could be tighter but overall I really liked it and look forward to seeing it on regular TV.
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i read it in my first year at business school thoguh not in curriculum...even 15yrs later i remember each word as i encounter in daily corporate world...not only leadership..it shows to understand the other persons mind so it makes doi g business n convincing smoother.thanks to the author.
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