May 2, 2006

News & Opinion: Even More on Hard Facts

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.