While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Picture yourself in the optician’s chair, looking through the refractor and trying to decipher the test chart on the wall. At first, the chart seems a blur. The optician changes the lens and large letters in the top rows become visible. Lens after lens, your vision improves and you make sense of the chart. Organizational behavior experts Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal support you in a similar way by offering four “frames” through which to analyze organizations, procedures and dynamics at work. Their 500-page volume – a standard industry textbook in its fifth edition – may not be a “one-minute-manager” breeze, but it’s a rich, readable, applicable reference with cogent examples. getAbstract finds that executives in planning roles as well as business students, entrepreneurs, executives, managers, small-business owners and anyone wanting to understand organizational life will refer to it again and again.
About the Authors
Lee G. Bolman works in leadership at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Terrence E. Deal co-authored 23 organization and leadership books.