This book is perfect for bosses with strong management styles, since only a thin line separates exercising affirmative leadership and being a control freak. Author Cheryl Cran, a confessed control freak, discusses the negative and positive aspects of this domineering personality type. She stresses that control is good when it is channeled into vision and leadership, and bad when it alienates people and becomes selfish. She wrote this book for control freaks, but since all managers have areas they like to control, her advice is broadly useful. The book seems to draw from many of Cran’s presentations, and is repetitive and sometimes choppy, but the information is very useful. The author explains how to deal with a control freak boss, which is an extremely valuable skill. She proposes self-evaluation and group evaluation to keep control freaks grounded, and to keep teams plugged in to their projects. getAbstract recommends this straightforward discussion, which will give you or the control freak in your life insight into better ways to work with – and to lead – other people.
In this summary, you will learn
- Whether you are a control freak;
- How to change negative controlling behaviors into positive traits;
- How to evaluate yourself and your team; and
- Why being a control freak does not have to be a bad thing.
About the Author
Cheryl Cran is a consultant and the author of several books, including 50 Ways to Lead & Love It! She has written numerous magazine articles, and appeared on a variety of radio and TV shows. She is past president of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.