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January 20, 2005

News & Opinion: Management of the Absurd

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 11:05 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Since Im on a real book kick today, let me tell you about one of my favorites on organizational change, leadership, and human behavior: Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson. My copy is yellowed from age, and the pages are dog-eared from repeated use. Farsons paradoxes in leadership take the wind out of slick management fads and slogan-based leadership.
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.