If it Ain't Broke...Break It!: And Other Unconventional Wisdom for a Changing Business World


Break-it thinkers have proven that challenging conventional thinking is theonly way to stay ahead of the competition in the corporate environment of thenineties.

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Break-it thinkers have proven that challenging conventional thinking is theonly way to stay ahead of the competition in the corporate environment of thenineties.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Rapid, unpredictable, never-shattering'' changes will mark the 1990s in the view of Kriegel (coauthor of Inner Skiing ) and Patler ( An American Ensemble ). With ``fire in the heart,'' vision and purpose, rather than pre-ordained goals, they declare, we must anticipate changes by discarding the beliefs and practices of conventional wisdom in favor of new ways of thinking. They buttress their advice with countless quotes, colorful analogies and examples-- many of these drawn from sports. Among their unorthodox recommendations, the authors warn equally against complacency and panic- or stress-induced speed, and they advocate decisions based on instinct vs. consensus, eschewing competition in favor of innovation. Despite the good sense of some of their assertions, orthodox thinkers may well object to their call for ``change for change's sake'' and ``throwing out the baby with the bath water.'' Author tour. (Apr.)
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As big business in the United States has replaced small business, the entrepreneurial spirit has also disappeared. Kriegel, a well-known speaker and expert on human resources, believes that this is the major problem in American business and that it can be remedied by changing the underlying ideas. He uses a vehicle that he calls ``unconventional wisdom'' to help break old thought patterns and substitute new, more productive ones. In each chapter he takes one old truism such as ``don't mess with success'' or ``if it ain't broke, don't fix it'' and shows how and why this way of thinking is unproductive in today's fast-paced business world. While not a significant contribution to business research or study, this is refreshing to read and will probably be in demand. Recommended for popular business collections.-- Judith M. Nixon, Purdue Univ. Lib., West Lafay ette, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446393591
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 429,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Thought provoking, entertaining, and very useful

    Filled with real-company examples and quotes from the people involved in those companies' change processes, this book really makes you think about why things are done the way they're done. Why are we told 'don't mess with success' and 'keep the sacred cows in place'? We're given exercises to help us think differently and shown why this has helped other companies, their products, and their bottom line. 'Break It' is a book I've gone back to several times when I've needed a new way to look at an issue at work. I highly recommend it for anyone, at any level, who wants to improve the way things work on the job.

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