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The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on…

The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management

by Jerry B. Harvey

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Brilliant, wise, humane and funny, Harvey's classic book on organizational behavior is entertaining and thought provoking. Many of his explanations about corporate behavior struck a chord with me--I read this one with a pen in hand, jotting down notes about specific experiences that I have had in phrog farms. If you are unhappy at work, maybe it is not your fault--maybe you are stuck in a degrading and unhealthy work environment.

Harvey expects a great deal from leaders in business, politics, and even education, and is not reticent to criticize them for abusing their position of authority. He characterizes contemporary corporate culture as being a virtual conspiracy, assisted by a higher-education system that teaches students not to cooperate, but to actively resist working together. A radical idea that deserves some consideration.

This is almost--but not quite--a spiritual book, and the author even claims the attributes of a preacher. It is a secular take on the theme Edward Welch discusses in ""When People are Big and God is Small."" The fear of other people has tremendous negative consequences--both personally and organizationally. Both books highlight the benefit of overcoming that fear and provide practical advice on how to do it.

Anyone manager with a conscience should read Harvey, just to ensure that they are not perpetuating an unethical system.
  jaygheiser | Jul 24, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0787902772, Paperback)

Faulty decision-making can have dire consequences, and when it comes to group decisions, the challenges are even greater. Join Dr. Jerry B. Harvey as he clearly illustrates why no organization wants to find themselves goin' to Abilene.
See how group dynamics can keep individuals from stating their true beliefs for fear of isolation and separation, and how that often leads to mismanaged agreement.
You'll learn to recognize the warning signs of risky group dynamics and improve decision-making processes throughout your organization.

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