New book on HOW
post # 397 — July 3, 2007 — a Managing post
One of the advantages (or is it disadvantages?) of being a blogger is that Iâ€™ve ended up as a target for the book publicists, who want to promote their authorsâ€™ books.
As someone who has tried to get my own business books noticed, I feel sympathetic. So, Iâ€™ll try to let my readers know whatâ€™s crossing my desk. I wonâ€™t always be timely: sometimes it takes a while for reading a book to rise to the top of my to-do pile.
One that I was recently sent is how: Why HOW we do anything means everything in business (and in Life) by Dov Seidman
Itâ€™s already doing well (Number 389 among all books on Amazon.)
Itâ€™s got some great stories, but like many modern readers, I want to get straight to the punch-line. Seidman helps with this by providing end-of-chapter tabular or graphical summaries, enabling you to skip through the book and get itâ€™s main messages.
One table I liked was this:
The Problem With Rules (As opposed to Values or Principles)
- Rules are External: made by others
- We are Ambivalent About Rules (we like breaking them)
- Rules are reactive to Past events
- Rules are both over- and underinclusive (they are proxies, not precise)
- Proliferation of rules is a tax on the system
- Rules are typically prohibitions
- Rules require enforcement
- Rules speak to boundaries and floors, but create ceilings
- The only way to honor rules is to obey them exactly
- Too many rules breeds overreliance