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   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Leadership-Fable-dp-0787960756/​dp/​0787960756|The Five Dysfunctions of a Team]]:As it says on the tin, this is a "​fable"​ and as such it can come out however the author wants. So, there'​s a happy ending, where the new CEO manages to build a high-performing team. Nobody wants to read a fable about the teams that crater. I'm not convinced Lencioni has identified THE way to high-performing teams, but a lot of this stuff strikes me as A way, and the connection between vulnerability and trust is, I think, more important than many small-team leaders give it credit for. So for reinforcement of that point, as well as for being a good story told well, I give it a five. I wonder, though, how many leaders and prospective leaders read this one through the warm glow of "the new CEO is so sharp, and her direct reports are such bozos...why that's exactly the way it is here!" Not Lencioni'​s point at all, but I'll bet it helps with sales. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Leadership-Fable-dp-0787960756/​dp/​0787960756|The Five Dysfunctions of a Team]]:As it says on the tin, this is a "​fable"​ and as such it can come out however the author wants. So, there'​s a happy ending, where the new CEO manages to build a high-performing team. Nobody wants to read a fable about the teams that crater. I'm not convinced Lencioni has identified THE way to high-performing teams, but a lot of this stuff strikes me as A way, and the connection between vulnerability and trust is, I think, more important than many small-team leaders give it credit for. So for reinforcement of that point, as well as for being a good story told well, I give it a five. I wonder, though, how many leaders and prospective leaders read this one through the warm glow of "the new CEO is so sharp, and her direct reports are such bozos...why that's exactly the way it is here!" Not Lencioni'​s point at all, but I'll bet it helps with sales. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)
   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Flight-Buffalo-Excellence-Employees-1993-05-01/​dp/​B01K2DU4H8|Flight of the Buffalo]]: I read this one at roughly the same time as Pflaeging'​s ORGANIZE FOR COMPLEXITY, and it wasn't long before I got an eerie "​separated at birth" notion. Those who think this agile decentralized stuff is all new might want to dip into FLIGHT OF THE BUFFALO, now 25 years old. The central theme: that you get better leadership by helping your people grow into a flock of self-organizing geese than you do by being the lead buffalo who does everything (and thereby becomes the indispensable bottleneck to everything in the organization). An easy, though somewhat long read, it teaches a series of lessons about why and how a good leader will let go, and how to challenge your employees to succeed by delivering great performance for customers. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Flight-Buffalo-Excellence-Employees-1993-05-01/​dp/​B01K2DU4H8|Flight of the Buffalo]]: I read this one at roughly the same time as Pflaeging'​s ORGANIZE FOR COMPLEXITY, and it wasn't long before I got an eerie "​separated at birth" notion. Those who think this agile decentralized stuff is all new might want to dip into FLIGHT OF THE BUFFALO, now 25 years old. The central theme: that you get better leadership by helping your people grow into a flock of self-organizing geese than you do by being the lead buffalo who does everything (and thereby becomes the indispensable bottleneck to everything in the organization). An easy, though somewhat long read, it teaches a series of lessons about why and how a good leader will let go, and how to challenge your employees to succeed by delivering great performance for customers. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)
-  * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Get-Smart-Successful-Highest-Paid-People/​dp/​0399183795|Get Smart!]+  * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Get-Smart-Successful-Highest-Paid-People/​dp/​0399183795|Get Smart!: How to Think, Decide, Act, and Get Better Results in Everything You Do ]]
   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement/​dp/​0884271951|The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement]]:​ This one gets super reviews but I'm at best lukewarm about it. It's an early example of the "teach business principles through a novel" genre. In this case, the bumbling plant manager gets whacked over the head by his Israeli physicist friend until he figures out that flow through his plant is more important that keeping everyone busy. You'd think that the piles of inventory choking things off would have been a clue. There are things to learn here, but they could be taught in half the size, without the bad romantic subplot or the amazingly bad portrayal of Boy Scouts. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement/​dp/​0884271951|The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement]]:​ This one gets super reviews but I'm at best lukewarm about it. It's an early example of the "teach business principles through a novel" genre. In this case, the bumbling plant manager gets whacked over the head by his Israeli physicist friend until he figures out that flow through his plant is more important that keeping everyone busy. You'd think that the piles of inventory choking things off would have been a clue. There are things to learn here, but they could be taught in half the size, without the bad romantic subplot or the amazingly bad portrayal of Boy Scouts. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)
   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Ray-Kroc-Grinding-Out-McDonalds/​dp/​B07DDJ3QVD|Grinding It Out]]   * [[https://​www.amazon.com/​Ray-Kroc-Grinding-Out-McDonalds/​dp/​B07DDJ3QVD|Grinding It Out]]
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