[PDF] ✈ Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World ⚣ Marcus Buckingham – Bilb-weil.de

Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall selected an appropriate observation by Mark Twain to serve as a head note to the Introduction It ain t what you don t know that gets you into trouble It s what you know for sure, that just ain t so This is a human deficiency that Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham characterize in 1955 as the unknown unknowns Buckingham and Goodall are freethinkers who wrote this book for others who are as eager as they are to challenge what James O Toole refers to as the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom in today s business world.With regard to the book s title, they explain, We could call these things misconceptions or myths, or even misunderstandings, but because they are pushed at us so hard, almost as if they re used to steer us away from the world as it truly is, we ll call them lies A freethinking leader knows that the only way to make the world better tomorrow is to have the courage and wit to face up to how it really is today We all know that there have been several major changes in the traditional workplace in recent years Just as there are significant implications for individuals Marcus Goldsmith suggests What got you here won t get you there , there are also significant implications for organizations, whatever their size and nature may be Traditional assumptions need not be lies literally Rather, they could be well entrenched organizational habits, such as the chains that Warren Buffett characterizes as too light to notice until they are too heavy to break As indicated, Buckingham and Goodall focus on nine of them They have much of great practical value to say about how it really is today, devoting a separate chapter to each of the lies This book ALSO has two especially valuable appendices First, The ADPRI s Global Study of Engagement co authored by Mary Hayes, Frances Chumney, Corinne Wright, and Buckingham who share the results of nineteen country study that measured the relative levels of engagement in each country, and to identify the conditions at work that are most likely to attract and keep talented employees See Pages 237 245 Next, Seven Things We know For Sure at Cisco co authored Roxanne Bisby Davis and Goodall 247 260 in which they discuss the characteristics of Cisco s best teams as well as the relationship between attention and performance, the relative importance of team and company in our experience of work, and much They focus on the seven highlights of what they have discovered so far.The best business books are research driven and that is certainly true of this one Few of Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall s insights are head snappers However, most of them repudiate assumptions about today s workplace culture that are either obsolete or flat out wrong.One of the greatest challenges that leaders now face is changing how they think about change What got their organizations here won t even allow them to remain here, much less get to there, whatever and wherever here and there may be in today s global marketplace There are no guarantees that how it really is now will remain trueand that s no lie. Forget What You Know About The World Of WorkYou 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 ThingThese May Sound Like Basic Truths Of Our Work Lives Today But Actually, They Re Lies As Strengths Guru And Bestselling Author Marcus Buckingham And Cisco Leadership And Team Intelligence Head Ashley Goodall Show In This Provocative, Inspiring Book, There Are Some Big Lies Distortions, Faulty Assumptions, Wrong Thinking That We Encounter Every Time We Show Up For Work Nine Lies, To Be Exact They Cause Dysfunction And Frustration, Ultimately Resulting In Workplaces That Are A Pale Shadow Of What They Could BeBut 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 Valuable Than Received Wisdom And That Evidence Is Powerful Than DogmaWith Engaging Stories And Incisive Analysis, The Authors Reveal 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 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 AttentionThis Is The Real World Of Work, As It Is And As It Should Be Nine Lies About Work Reveals The Few Core Truths That Will Help You Show Just How Good You Are To Those Who Truly Rely On You Leadership is widely praised and poorly practiced Worse, we often equate leadership with management, a serious mistake Buckingham and Goodal do a superb job of exposing what many of us already suspected all that corporate mumbo jumbo about culture, planning, performance reviews, and other attempts to exert control aren t just baloney they re counter productive What is actually effective are teams, and leading a team doesn t require as much magic as is commonly believed In fact, these guys present an almost step by step roadmap for successful leadership, and do so in an easily readable and fun book Importantly, their prescription is backed up by an almost obsolete concept facts based on research What they don t cover are the basic traits required to be a superb leader, but Marcus has addressed those in his previous books Will this book change the dismal way in which corporations treat employees Nope But it might result in highly successful teams As the authors point out, that turns out to be far important than the corporate PR nonsense. I ve been in business a long time and this book was so refreshing and exhilarating to see that these two wonderful authors are exposing the truth Whether you are long time veteran of leadership or just getting started in managing others, you have got to read this book It s courageous and so freeing to know that many of the social norms of leading others is questionable Great book This book is anachronistic and cynical to say the least If it is somehow a revelation that performance reviews and top down culture building are inaccurate and possibly damaging ways of creating organizational success you ve got big problems Same is true for team development sorry fellas, scrum and agile were way ahead of the curve But here s the real problem the authors are reductionists no surprise given the toxic metric driven organizations they both hail from Example the key to Lionel Messi s success is literally his left foot Why Because that s his strength How easy But let me ask a stupid question is it actually Messi s foot or is it the sum total of his spatial awareness, speed, mental processing power, etc in conjunction with his foot that makes him a success Not to mention because they don t strengths are contextual Read the book for yourself according to the authors, it his his foot not how the foot works in tandem with a multiplicity of factors Wow Now here s a deeper one suppose it is Messi s foot that s the cause of his success How will that foot be a strength in raising children, managing money, following a map See where I m going with this The authors assume that we all operate on a known and quantifiable playing field So very anachronistic like the 1950s What seems to be strengths based is a clever disguise for how can we control our workers and milk work from them through strengths Taylorism updated in a clever disguise Reductionism By reducing work down to strengths it does the opposite rather than see people as individuals who are growing and evolving in partnership with their teams, if we only play to their CURRENT and non evolving strengths then everything will be great small problem strengths develop in a holistic environment with many unobservable factors far outside the authors insipid data points Pure corporate junk from two corporate employees Smug junk Recommendation Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan. Very disappointed in how this book was marketed on It is something that could easily be done in a few pages, and if you buy it, skim it, skip to the end, and you will see this book is pretty much a commentary on the obvious It appears tailored for the middle management types who will always be in middle management and love this kind of stuff If you are a startup person dealing with how to get your people to bring something new to the market, this book is a waste of time I did not find a surprising phrase in the entire book.