You'll find the following in If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: four politically incorrect traits you must weave into your leadership style; how to eliminate entitlements and send the moochers in your organization packing; how to give four types of effective feedback to employees to improve performance; 25 sample performance and behavioral expectations that enhance accountability; a step-by-step plan to restart your momentum when you lose it; and much, much more!
©2006 Dave Anderson (P)2006 Dave Anderson
You need to be very focused on the expectations of your staff and you will reach the goals you have set for your company.
Some democrats will not like Dave's direct approach!
Overall I enjoyed this book. The author makes very valid points - for the sake of courtesy or nicety or political correctness we often don't say or do what needs to be done to be successful. But he goes to the point of reveling in harshness or bluntness a bit. He does make sure to qualify that he doesn't suggest people should be mean and avoid being brutal if possible, but spends most of the book encouraging the listeners to be honest as far as necessary to ensure the success of their objectives. To his credit, that's exactly what the book is about and, in my opinion, this isn't a guide for all of life, but rather suggestions to incorporate into life/business. Personally I see Jack Welch's Winning as more of an all encompassing book on success and Dave Anderson's Waves as a highlight on the more "brutal" things Jack did to ensure the success of GE.
Wow! Mr. Anderson seems to think that by being opinionated will make him (and you) right. This neo-conservative diatribe is the absolute worst advice I can imagine. His nostalgic longing for the past that never existed is gag provoking. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Dick Cheney you will love this book. I hope all my competitors read this book. There may be good points in here, but the author's paternalistic scolding gets in the way.
I agreed with most of the beginning and absolutely respect political views at variance with mine, it challenges my thinking and sharpens my cognitive saw! However, a lot of this book is an angry rant. I was disappointed and cannot rate until I have listened to it again! Hummmm!
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