Summary of If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown

10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times

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If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown book summary
Don`t be a wimp. To lead your firm to excellence, defy political correctness and don`t worry about being so nice.


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6 Innovation

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Author Dave Anderson has a simple technique. He selects from outrageous news stories that he believes show an excess application of political correctness (that is, in his eyes, too much bending over backward to be fair) and uses them to get you angry. Then he offers basic management advice to counter the possibility that you might behave like the folks in the story. His wisdom from the work world is conventional, but he does imbue his text with personality, albeit sometimes negatively. He describes himself as a crusading truth-teller willing to speak out against conventional opinion. In fact, he writes - perhaps just in order to emphasize his ideas - in the voice of an arch conservative: anti-immigration, antiminority and, apparently, intolerant. In other words, Anderson seems quite proud that his politics are incorrect. His short doses of management advice arrive with that flag clearly flying. If you think that political correctness has gotten out of hand, and want to see the pendulum swing the other way, getAbstract believes that you’ll be pretty pleased with this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to manage in an atmosphere of political correctness
  • How some management situations might have been handled more productively


Political Correctness Gone Amok
Can you believe it? Political correctness has gotten out of hand on every issue.
Immigrant advocacy groups want America to change to accommodate immigrants. School systems have dropped the very notion of failure so students won’t feel bad. Teachers...
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About the Author

Dave Anderson is president of his own leadership training company, a member of The National Speakers Association and the author of Up Your Business!

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