If "stripping bare" means taking off the old coating or varnish, Jo Owen has succeeded in baring management to a delightfully ruthless degree. Owen isn't satisfied merely to proclaim that the boardroom emperor has no clothes. No, he catalogs, in encyclopedic A to Z style, every managerial fad, self-aggrandizing procedure and hypocritical impulse. Lest you mistakenly think he's from the "Saturday Night Live" school of irreverence, Owen also offers insightful options for managing the daggers and dangers of corporate life. He doesn't just tear down, he builds up. If painful truth is indeed the heart of all humor, this unbitter, honest book will leave you snickering in your cubicle or corner suite. Owen also offers real-world solutions (while admitting they may be no better than anyone else's). Stripping bare is fine, as long as you go back and apply a new-and-improved coat of varnish. Owen does. getAbstract highly recommends taking a break and learning the lessons business school skipped.
In this summary, you will learn
- Hard-earned, real-world lessons from a management veteran;
- What managers do not understand;
- How to manage impossible situations; and
- What the latest buzzwords and theories really mean.
About the Author
As CEO of Auvian Partners, Jo Owen has invested 20 years working for international companies. He's lived in the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Japan, and has collaborated with some of the world's leading business school professors.
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