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May 2, 2006

News & Opinion: Even More on Hard Facts

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 1:27 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


I saw some posts giving the Pfeffer/Sutton book more love.
I bought Hard Facts, Dangerous Half Truths and Total Nonsense on a whim because I liked the title. It didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, the book doesn't provide any clear simple aphorism you can use to run your business. I know that is the style with business books these days, but in this one you don't learn management by walking around, the five traits of great leaders or who moved your cheese. You learn to be skeptical. You learn that most business *facts* are half-truths. You learn that business is ultimately situational and that leaders should be more analytical and less dependent on management-by-witty-sayings.