Nine Lies About Work.
Nine Lies About Work
Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781633696303, $30.00, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: You crave feedback. Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. Your competencies should be measured and your weaknesses shored up. Leadership is a thing.
These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they are all lies. As Marcus Buckingham (a strengths guru and author) and Ashley Goodall (a Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head) show in "Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World", there are some big lies in the form of distortions, faulty assumptions, and wrong thinking, that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact, and these are the cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.
But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These freethinking leaders recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness. They know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom and that evidence is more powerful than dogma.
With engaging stories and incisive analysis, "Nine Lies About Work" reveals the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matter most; that we should focus less on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention.
This is the real world of work, as it is and as it should be. "Nine Lies About Work" exposes the few core truths that will help you show just how good you are to those who truly rely on you.
Critique: Iconoclastic, provocative, compelling, insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World" is an extraordinary and unique volume that should be a core part of every community, college, and corporate Business Management collection and supplemental studies list. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of business students, academia, corporate executives, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Nine Lies About Work" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).