It is described on the website as "not your traditional business book" and I agree with that. I very much welcome its style.
Anyone wanting to see more ethical behaviour from managers and leaders in business will love it.
The book is a damning personal statement about poor leadership and management in the US business world. It catalogues the lack of honesty and integrity of top management, particularly in times of change, and how leadership and management are completely disconnected with people doing the work.
The author, who has been at the top of organisations and so speaks from an authoritative position, explains very powerfully what it feels like to be caught up in this type of situation where people at the front line are being told one thing whilst senior management are going in a completely opposite direction.
It is not however a depressing book – far from it – it is written from the heart and packed with emotion. It illustrates the importance of integrity and having some sort of ethical framework for managers to work within.
Is there any wonder front line employees are cynical and disbelieving of management when this sort of practice goes on?
Although the book is about a company in the US I see many parallels in my career back home here in the UK.
Management that does not work in an ethical framework might as well pack up and go home now as far as I am concerned. Anyone working for management like that described in Dropping Almonds is best advised to just leave and find someone to work for where honesty and integrity mean more than words on a glossy mission statement. I know that is easy for me to say when bills have to be paid. And of course we don't always know what sort of dishonesty and lack of integrity exists at the top end of companies.
I love Tom Peters expression "Life is too short to work with jerks."
If you know the top management and leadership in the company lacks honesty and integrity I would say you are damaging yourself and you are in the wrong place in your career. It could even be argued that, by staying in such a scenario, you are actually complicit in the lack of integrity.
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