Bookreview: HardFacts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense
Authoredby Robert I. Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer, the book HardFacts, givea clear and convincing approach to management and triumphantorganizations. This can be said to be an enormous gift to leaders whodream to be viable, valuable and significant to their organizationnow and in future. According to the authors, “effective leadersshould be in control and ought to be… moreover financialincentives in an organization, drives company performance, and firmsmust either change their management styles or be phased out throughcompetition (Arbaugh, 2007).
Followingtheir last publication, theKnowing-Doing Gap,the author has continued on writing about success within anorganization. The HardFactspublication started by indicating how organization and companies canboost their performance and triumph the contest by the use of‘evidence-based-management,which is an advance to management and action that is motivated bysolid specifics instead of relying on half-truths or propagandas.This book acts as a guide to managers and leaders in using thisapproach (evidence based approach) to overcome some imperfectmanagement approaches or beliefs in areas such as leadership, changestrategy, financing, talent, work-life balance, and incentives(Arbaugh, 2007). The authors point to the managers on how to discoverand apply the finest practices for their organizations, instead ofblindly duplicating what appears to have been implemented in anotherorganization (Pfeffer& Sutton, 2006).
Authors: RobertI. Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer have written numerous books inmanagement and business, whereby their publications have beenreceived positively amongst the readers (Baacket al, 2007).Genre: thebook HardFactshas been categorized as nonfiction, management, publication,education, as well as hugely being regarded as a business book. Thetargeted audience of the book is the managers and organizationleaders, who are ready to take their management skills to a higherlevel for their organization`s success (Pfeffer& Sutton, 2006).
Thebook title, Hard Facts, fits into the context of the book, andadequately encapsulates the book`s message. Thebook is divided into three parts. Part one is made of chapter 1 and2, part two is divided into chapter 3-8, and final, part three thatis made of chapter 9 (Baack et al, 2007). The key players in the bookare the authors (Jeffrey and Robert), pointing out the advantages of‘Evidence-Based approach to Management’. The book’s key themeis meritsof Evidence-Based Approachto management, avoiding poor decision practices as well as how toidentify them. The books flow has been commenced with, Setting of theStage,”“Dangerous Half-Truths about Managing People andOrganizations,” and “From Evidence to Action.” (Pfeffer& Sutton, 2006).
Inconclusion, the book reviews the importance ofEvidence-Based-approach to management. It is clear that, this book isan essential one for the leader and organization managers, who wantsto be successful as well as the success of their organization. Thispublication is believed to provide a solid basis for decision-makingin new product management. Finally, the authors make a sound case forputting into practice an ‘evidence-based approach’ to management,posing the question, “Who will have the courage and wisdom to doit? The book gives a practical and candid approach to theimplementation of evidence-based management as well as showing how toturn common sense into practice in management.
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