Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for by Gloria Gilbert Mayer, Thomas Mayer

By Gloria Gilbert Mayer, Thomas Mayer

"What nugget of managerial knowledge is to be gleaned from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? What can businesspeople very likely research from Hansel and Gretel or Little pink using Hood?"--BOOK JACKET. "You'd be shocked - and you will find out in Goldilocks on administration. This refreshingly playful, but useful "storybook" (complete with fascinating unique illustrations) takes a clean, modern examine vintage fairy stories - revealing, within the approach, uncomplicated truths underlying many enduring administration ideas ... in addition to misdirected activities that do not result in chuffed endings."--BOOK JACKET. "Each story is by way of a enterprise lesson, interpretations that convey functions of every lesson, and a "real-world company 'tale' " that parallels the story."--BOOK JACKET.

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In our three decades of involvement in management, we have seen a variety of trends come and go. Virtually all of them have created little enduring impact. Yet when we evaluated what we have accomplished as consultants and managers over the years, we discovered that the actual issues involved are often quite simple and basic. We have learned that when we tap in to people's basic moral and ethical beliefs, we accomplish much more than when we facilitate some carefully crafted, well-timed, and professionally Page x correct encounter.

Once a direction has been decided on or a major decision has been made, the typical manager fails to consider all the alternative outcomes, let alone chart all the possibilities. In an effort to save time, effort, and trouble, too many managers plan for only a single outcome. When a different outcome occurs, however, those managers end up jeopardizing their organization's (and their own) future. Granted, planning for alternative outcomes takes a good deal of time, energy, and money. Had things turned out well for little pigs one and two, they might have felt that contingency planning was wasteful and foolish.

Puss in Boots 99 Basic Lesson: Take control of circumstances or they will take control of you. 14. The Steadfast Tin Soldier 107 Basic Lesson: If you fail to function proactively, you'd better prepare to accept the consequences. 15. The Boy Who Cried Wolf 115 Basic Lesson: Do not squander your political capital. 16. Chicken Little 123 Basic Lesson: Control rumors with timely, accurate, and effective communication. 17. The Princess and the Pea 133 Basic Lesson: The validation of credentials may require substantial effortbut such effort is worth it.

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