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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    Should be mandatory reading┬┐

    Battles Between Somebodies and Nobodies<BR/>Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and At Home<BR/>Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D.<BR/>ISBN: 9780981481807<BR/>Brookside Press, 2008<BR/>5 stars<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 1/09<BR/>Should be mandatory reading¿<BR/>As I read Battles Between Somebodies and Nobodies I remembered raising chickens. If a chicken seems a tad bit weak to the others they will start pecking at him and not stop until he dies. We humans are no better. If someone shows a weakness, we bully that person. Usually the bullies justify themselves by saying it was all in fun. Having been on the side of the bullied, I can tell you it is not fun.<BR/>Julie Ann Wamback, Ph.D. explains why we bully. She offers suggestions on how to recognize ¿rank abusers,¿ how to identify their motives and a plan to stop rankism. I think this book should be mandatory reading for everyone but especially for school officials.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    A Must Read For Every Manager

    The subject matter of this book applies to us all. As we meander through this journey of life, we must learn to cope and hopefully manage the all important issue of rankism, that is the abuse of power we may have over others. <BR/><BR/>As a corporate human resources director, I found this book to contain precisely the information that I have been searching for. The "pecking order" that either naturally arises in the workplace or that is forced by mandate is one of the areas of management where instruction is rare. Most of us never had the contents of this book available and went through our careers in what David Thoreau called "quiet desperation". <BR/><BR/>While hierarchies will never be eradicated (nor should they) there will always be those who misuse and abuse his or her position. This guide will help us to recognize rankism, refuse to accept rankism, hold ourselves accountable, hold others accountable and provide solid action plans to stop rankism. The exercises, tables and inventory guides make this reading more of study rather than an afternoon read. Indeed, my suggestion is to approach this book as a study guide for yourself and others. <BR/><BR/>As a life-long student of the puzzling worlds of discrimination and leadership, I greatly appreciated the topic as it helped me to fill in many of my missing pieces in these two management fields. <BR/><BR/>I hope you find this review helpful. <BR/><BR/>Michael L. Gooch, Author of Wingtips with Spurs

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