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The End of Management Alchemy

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by Darwin Mott
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The End of Management Alchemy by Darwin Mott

The liberation of our workplaces through humor, reality, and the findings of scientific research are central themes running through these stories. Before modern medicine came blood-letting, leaches, and witch-doctoring. Before physics, the philosopher's stone and a world that was flat. Currently, the management of our employment systems is stuck in an alchemy-to-science transitional and nonsensical state (like the image on the front cover). Alchemy is evident in the management fads that keep coming back around with different names, like unicorns on a carousel. This book puts an end to all that. And it's about time! And it is actually "Time" - the Time Span that a Real Boss states as needed and accurate for a subordinate role (or employee) to perform a Real Task, for example - that turns out to be the great liberator. So you can forget about all the passing fads. Let this primer start you on a 10-step journey to a happy and productive hierarchy, with a healthier bottom line. And with your

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Reviewed by Alicia Parr
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Saturday 20 August, 2016

I’ve been looking for a short primer to give management-savvy leaders a sound, easy-to-read overview of Requisite Organization (RO). Ideally, the book also tells some of the story of Elliott Jaques, the remarkable man who shaped these game-changing principles that lead to humane, highly effective organizations. The End of Management Alchemy by Darwin Mott is the best book I’ve found by far that does both of these things. There are personal stories, and excellent coverage of the key principles and vernacular, all in _100 pages.

A few of my favorite parts. I really enjoyed the hockey analogies and the cover art. Also, steps 1-10 for how to apply RO (pp. 85-86) are GREAT. Also, the results from applying RO on pp. 81-82 are solid gold. Amazing stuff. I’d love to have seen these proclaimed earlier in the book and then re-stated at the end. Gives readers a compelling WHY to read something that’s different than what they’ve been taught.

I’ll offer a few suggestions that would make the book even better. (IMHO) Some of the charts, especially pp. 44-45, were hard to follow. Both for me, who knows a little something about RO, and especially for someone new to it. Another suggestion is to ease the reader a little more gradually into the terminology. Those of us who have been immersed in the methodology and practices are comfortable with the vernacular. For the not-yet-believers, it’s a bit jarring, so it would be helping to refer to existing language in common use to smooth the way. Although that language is less precise, there’s utility in bridging new learners over through ideas they are familiar with. For example, use of the terms strategic & tactical can be described, their imprecision explained, and then delineate how they relate to the concept of capability, strata, and time horizons.

In sum, if you are an RO expert or RO semi-expert that would like to introduce these ideas to a colleague, client, or acquaintance, Darwin Mott’s The End of Management Alchemy is a fantastic primer that doesn’t require a huge intellectual commitment to get a solid grasp of the foundations. As much as I love a dense, thought-provoking read, it’s by lowering the barriers to introduction that we disseminate these important concepts to the world of work.

Ebook Details
Size: 1.9 MB
Publisher: Darwin Mott Consulting Ltd.
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9780994942814 (DRM-EPUB)

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