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If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown: 10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times Hardcover – Nov 11 2005
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Today's businesses are mired in mediocrity. The current trend toward increased political correctness in society in general, and in the business world in particular, is making it tougher and tougher to get things done in the office. We've gone from tolerating people's differences to tolerating their shortcomingsand business is paying the price.
When society deems all behaviors and beliefs equally valid, society fails. As our culture's morality declines, so does its work ethic. Today, almost any behavior is tolerated, but you can't fire a bad employee for being a bad employee. If all other behaviors are okay, then it must be okay to be late for work too. When society changes for the worse so does business. The cancers of moral relativism and political correctness are destroying businesses just like they're destroying our societyand it's time to take a stand.
If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown is a guide for business leaders who are sick and tired of political correctness and its corrosive effect on the workforceand are ready to do something about it. It shows business leaders how to stop the trend toward increasing workplace political correctness and how to tackle the crises it causes with leadership strategies that get results in times of mediocrity.
This book won't tell you how to make your employees happy. After all, who cares if they're happy if no one's working? Instead, it tells you how to motivate lazy employees, reward the winners, fire the losers, and run a tight and profitable ship. You won't find any touchy-feely gobbledygook about caring or being nice. Instead, you'll find simple, to-the-point wisdom that only sounds clichéd because it works.
But you'd better be tough enough to face the truth and fight the forces attacking your business. To change your company for the better, you have to be a strong leader and you have to be prepared to rock the boat. It's true, in today's politically correct business world, If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown.
From the Back Cover
IF YOU DON'T MAKE WAVES YOU'LL DROWN
This is not your typical business book. You won't find academic remedies to your business challenges or exhortations to create a warmer and fuzzier workplace. In fact, you'll find the oppositetips on how to be a tougher, take-no-prisoners-style manager. It's time to stop letting workplace political correctness push you around and get serious about your business.
In If You Don't Make Waves, You'll Drown, Dave Anderson doesn't pull any punches. Offering simple wisdom and politically incorrect solutions that really work, he's not here to inspire you, but to taunt you into action. He shows you how to be more direct without being disrespectful; how to give honest feedback even when it hurts; and how to hold employees accountable for results. In short, you'll learn how to get the most out of your business.
Want more politically incorrect wisdom?
- Tenure is a license for laziness
- Diversity without competence is worthless
- Don't trade your values for valuables
- Political correctness is a disease that destroys the workplace
- It's time to fight back!
Top Customer Reviews
The information was relevant, relatable and executable. The strategies weren't far fetched by any means and are real world applicable and realistic. Nothing easy, however if the goal is greatness I can't think of a book that laid it out in such a way that made you really get to the nut of what's wrong, self reflect and take ownership the way this hard hitting masterpiece did.
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His no-nonsense strategies for implementing a meritocracy provide a great model for leaders aspiring to encourage and reward innovation and results, and weed out the dead weight. Throughout this book Anderson gives examples of political correctness run amuck. In his well researched chapter, "Peering into the PC Cesspool," his examples are enlightening, true-to-life, and at times, frustrating.
Anderson relieved my frustration by providing clear directions for eradicating the overabundance of political correctness in business. He can be blunt, and his frankness can be a little unnerving. To his credit, Anderson warns his readers of his candid approach, which comes from a conservative Christian point of view.
Anderson's knowledge comes from his firsthand experience running his own successful business, and dealing with the complications and barriers that can result from political correctness gone awry. This is an excellent book for anyone attempting to overcome challenges of this nature.
Motivational speakers come and go. But it's pretty obvious Dave is here to stay and will make you laugh (and probably even cringe a little) along the way throughout this easy read.
Buy as many copies of this book as you can and share them with your management team. The opening comments in his preface hit home to everyone in business in the greatest country in the world.
I have shared Dave's ideas with some of my clients with great success.
Thanks Dave Anderson.
The thread that runs through Dave Anderson's book is the need for honest appraisal and 'no holds barred' criticism as a tool for individual growth. I only wish some of the employers I worked for 35 years ago could have read a book like this. I recommend this book to any person in the position of management/leadership and for those who aspire to the same.
If you follow the tenets of this book, your employees will respect and admire you...and someday give you credit for their success.
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Thank you Dave. Great book!
Everyone can benefit from this, especially those in business with a desire to really get ahead!
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