Summary of Accountability

Freedom and Responsibility without Control

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Accountability book summary
In the war between management styles, freedom beats control. The more authority you want, the looser you hold the reins.

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This book falls into the genre of business parables. Its optimistic theme is that freedom is a better management principle than control. Instead of relying on real-life examples, which might be hard to come by, the authors present a fictitious scenario in which wise older counselors impart the wisdom of freedom to young but amenable auditors. With freedom, workplace antagonisms and conflicts no longer fester. Employees cast aside their suspicions, differences, distrusts and other fruits of oppressive control, cooperating gladly and willingly in an atmosphere of near-utopian productivity. The real reward isn’t corporate Eden, but personal accountability, freely given by employees who innovate and work hard because they are trusted. getAbstract.com trusts that you’ll know just how much freedom to apply before you create chaos instead of conscientiousness.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to implement a corporate culture that depends on freedom rather than control
  • Why that is a good idea
 

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Accountability Requires Freedom
Accountability is so important to an organization that, without it, nothing else can work properly. The key to helping people become accountable is replacing corporate dictatorship with leadership. Control is the antithesis of freedom - and without freedom...
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About the Authors

Rob Lebow is chairman of the Lebow Company and co-chairman of Tomorrow’s Workplace, Inc., where corporate trainer Randy Spitzer is executive vice president. Lebow is an international speaker and the author of A Journey into the Heroic Environment.


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