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5 Overall

7 Applicability

6 Innovation

3 Style


Author Gerald Kraines addresses a neglected area of management and lays out practical, important prescriptions for turning accountability into a linchpin of a thriving organization. Unfortunately, his solid counsel reads like an especially turgid graduate-level textbook. While all the ideas in this book are useful and many are extremely valuable, they’re obscured by the heavy use of jargon (much of it self-defined, so the book often seems to be written in its own unique language). As a result, even though it is only some 220 pages, readers may give up, defeated by stretches of nearly impenetrable text. Kraines, who builds on the work of Elliott Jaques, tries to open doors with accessible case studies, but he soon lapses back into his specialized vocabulary. As a result, believes the full text will interest mainly a very specific audience: business students and professors, theorists, consultants and high-level managers at large organizations may want to look up particular chapters for details and context. Even if you don’t have the stamina for the whole tome, hang in there for the gems.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The true nature of accountability within organizations;
  • How to create and manage organizations with clear lines of accountability; and
  • How to leverage, engage, align and develop employees.

About the Author

President and CEO of The Levinson Institute, a Boston-based leadership development firm, Gerald A. Kraines, M.D., has helped public and private organizations create leadership systems.



Part I: Leadership and Accountability
For your organization to reach its goals, put its systems and structures in alignment with its strategy. The key ingredient is accountability within in the organization. Instead of defining accountability as blame, regard it as an employee’s obligation...

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