Employee, Kids, and Pets is a gem of knowledge with entertaining stories to back the lessons. It starts by pointing out the natural but effective way we react to pets misbehaving. It then compares that reaction to the stark way we tend to deal with our children and employees and points out how damaging that lack of reaction is to those relationships. It also touches on some stereotypes we have all seen in the work place, like the rainmaker/boss that is never in the office, the tyrant supervisor that eventually ...
Employee, Kids, and Pets is a gem of knowledge with entertaining stories to back the lessons. It starts by pointing out the natural but effective way we react to pets misbehaving. It then compares that reaction to the stark way we tend to deal with our children and employees and points out how damaging that lack of reaction is to those relationships. It also touches on some stereotypes we have all seen in the work place, like the rainmaker/boss that is never in the office, the tyrant supervisor that eventually gets the company sued, and the crazy office manager that creates a military state the minute the boss isn’t there. Of course it digs into why people act like this and talks about our psychological tendencies to avoid conflict or assume everyone can read our mind. But what makes this book truly fun to read are the timeless lessons wrapped around stories of the author’s child and various misbehaving employees. A simple but genius little book destined to be a classic like Who Moved My Cheese!
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