978-0-7879-0277-3 / 9780787902773

The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management





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The Abilene Paradox may be unlike any other management book you've ever read Jerry Harvey's observations on the absurdities of organizational life will make you laugh, ponder, wince - they may even infuriate you - but chances are, you'll hear your own thoughts and frustrations echoed in its pages. And you'll begin to see your company inn a new way.

Harvey challenges you to face such questions as:

* Do you work in a "phrog" farm? (In fairy tales, a princess' kiss can turn frogs into princes, but you can expect just the opposite to happen in most organizations).

* What can the experience of Japan Air Lines pilot who made a perfect landing into the San Francisco Bay teach us about honesty and risk-taking in organizations? *How well would Marshall Matt Dillon - who constantly faced down angry mobs on TV's "Gunsmoke" - do in you company?

*Why is the management of agreement rather than conflict is one of the greatest challenges facing managers today?

Compassionate Insights into the Craziness of Organizational Life.

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