I read this book at one speed - FAST! The best way to describe this book is to use two words - common sense. And probably this quote as well - :“Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.” C. E. Stowe.
What David Axson manages to do is peel away the veneer and false front of modern management trends and actually get to the heart of the matter. What this book managed to do was to confirm both my and most likely your suspicions and thoughts on what happens in the shady world of business today.
Here is how the book plays out - each chapter is between 6 and 10 pages long. The chapters open with a mock company and the playing out of the appropriate scenario. The author then incorporates the management area he is looking at into the story line. So there are real examples of how such scenarios would play out within a company.
One thing this book does lack in is positive answers. There are plenty of examples of what not to do but few examples and explanations of what you should do. Maybe that will be released in the sequel "The Management Makeover"?
Yes I enjoyed the book and recommend it. I especially recommend it to people who are new to the corridors of power and senior management and want to be able to cut through to the true heart of the matter!
The real kicker is the very end of the book A lot like real life it is a scary proposition...