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June 15, 2003

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Absolute Honesty

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture that Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity by Larry Johnson & Bob Phillips, AMACOM, 290 Pages, $27.95 Hardcover, June 2003, ISBN 0814407811
I love books that are absolutely perfect for the time. When you consider that is takes a year for a book to make it through the book food chain, this book is remarkably timed. We all have heard of all the nightmares like Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Martha Stewart, Adelphia. This is the book that we need to read to create the culture that could/should help us to avoid these issues.
The layout of the book is very helpful. The first two chapters are loaded with examples that precisely illustrate what a culture of absolute honesty is like and how to create one. The authors then explain the Six Laws of Absolute Honesty: Tell the Truth, Tackle the Problem, Disagree and Commit, Welcome the Truth, Reward the Messenger, Build a Platform of Integrity. Part 2 of the book deals in depth with the six rules. Of course, the rules are illustrated with tons of stories and examples that support the authors premise. The final part is called Where Do We Go from Here? Example after example of how to implement the six rules and create the culture are in this part of the book.
The book isnt merely arguing for more honesty in the workplace, its promoting the idea of open debate and discussion, and trust. Who doesnt need that? Authors Johnson and Phillips have written a very useful book that shows how to free-up any work environment with honest and open communication.