January 20, 2005
News & Opinion: Management of the Absurd
His prose is refreshing, useful, and timeless. Here are ten chapter titles from the book, which give you a sense of how Farson thinks.
Nothing is as invisible as the obvious
Once you find a management technique that works, give it up
The opposite of a profound truth is also true
Effective managers are not in control
We think we want creativity or change, but we really dont
The more we communicate, the less we communicate
The better things are, the worse they feel
Planning is an ineffective way to bring about change
Morale is unrelated to productivity
My advice is dont take my advice
If you havent had a chance to look at this small, but powerful, work, pick it up. Youll be glad you did.
Thanks again to Jack and Todd for this chance to host their blog. Feel free to contact me at Michael@GuerrillaConsulting.com.
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.