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Radical Management Power Politics and the Pursuit of Trust

by Samuel A. Culbert

  • ISBN: 9780029059401
  • ISBN10: 0029059402

Radical Management Power Politics and the Pursuit of Trust

by Samuel A. Culbert

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish date: 11/01/1985
  • ISBN: 9780029059401
  • ISBN10: 0029059402
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Description: When newspapers across the country reported Capital Cities Communications' stunningly successful bid for ABC, "The New York Times" asked a senior official at another of Capital Cities' recent acquisitions, Institutional Investor, if it was true that Capital Cities left management in place when it took over a firm. "I was a little skeptical when the company was bought," he conceded. "But they create a sense of trust. It's a wonderful motivational device." This concept of trust as a key to organizational effectiveness lies at the heart of "Radical Management," Samuel A. Culbert and John J. McDonough's challenging new book. For years, the authors point out, business has been enslaved to a "rational" model of management that asks only that executives meet narrow organizational goals, regardless of the needs and views of those they work with. But while this bottom-line mentality can produce satisfactory results on the balance sheet, in the workplace its effects are often disastrous -- breeding misunderstandings, hidden resentments, infighting, and even costly power struggles. Arguing that what many executives understand about the complex political forces at work in an organization "wouldn't fill the proverbial thimble," Culbert and McDonough propose a "radical" model of management: one that gives managers the insight they need into organizational politics to allow them to improve communication and share power. Generously illustrated with revealing case vignettes drawn from their extensive consulting experience, the authors' framework shows accomplished and prospective managers alike how to recognize and respect the inevitably differing talents, perspectives, and expectationsthat associates bring to their jobs. It reveals the enormously "subjective" influences at work in any organization and why they must be openly acknowledged and accommodated if managers are to promote cooperation and assure producti
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