This controversial book is about personal achievement, management, and leadership in the new millennium. It is presented in three parts because we trend to live our lives in three ways: 1. We live as private individuals who have to deal with the world from our own point of view; 2. We have to live and interact with others, whether they be friends, family, or colleagues; and 3. Together we have to live within this modern world, and find ways to survive it.
For these reasons, Part One of this book highlights some of the challenges facing people at home, at work, and within society. It covers important subjects that need to be understood by those who desire to fly higher --subjects that in themselves are taken for granted, but are often the root to many personal failures. They include motivation, inspiration, belief and conviction, self control, brain power, creativity, and one's perception of the world.
Part Two delves into how people can work together, and how the leader can create synergy. This is important because we live in a world in which people must work better together, but unlike bees and ants, we are not as well coordinated. We need to learn about human behavior, how to interact, and how to work in teams. Chapters 8 to 13 explore the areas of leadership, teamwork, empowerment, and staff reward systems.
Part Three examines some of the pressing issues that organizations and individuals will face in the new millennium. Advice is given about what can be done to pre-empt (and succeed in) the new environment. Although each chapter in this book can, in itself, fill hundreds of pages, the pertinent points have been highlighted for you to explore.
In a nutshell, what this book is about:
Leadership, management, and self-development principles are taught at hundreds of colleges to thousands of students who read millions of books. Yet companies collapse, businesses blunder, and friendships fail, while individuals and organizations are enslaved to inefficiency, inaccuracy, and instability.
Why is it that so many popular techniques have a higher propensity to fail than to succeed? All this, despite the groundwork set by "gurus" who urged us to: go on a quest in search of excellence; win friends and influence people; engage in serious creativity; capture moments of truth; and develop the seven habits of highly effective people.
Beyond the hype, the real issues have been too controversial to communicate, too tough to tackle, and too risky to raise.
Despite the efforts of commercialized gurus, it appears that individuals have not been properly guided in their pursuits. Misguided enthusiasts can be as menacing as non-believers. This results in a multitude of irritating graduates from "The Textbook School Of Bluffers".
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