In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management

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Sick of your boss? Don't despair! A recent survey showed many people regard their manager as being like the star of the TV comedy The Office. As almost everyone is managed, there is growing interest in the black art of management, often cloaked in mind-numbing, ass-clenching rot. Like the spy coming in from the cold, Jack decided to come in from the waffle. This is as funny as it is serious. While genuine issues, such as ethics in business, are buried in it, this book is a witty, acerbic hatchet job on the ...
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Overview

Sick of your boss? Don't despair! A recent survey showed many people regard their manager as being like the star of the TV comedy The Office. As almost everyone is managed, there is growing interest in the black art of management, often cloaked in mind-numbing, ass-clenching rot. Like the spy coming in from the cold, Jack decided to come in from the waffle. This is as funny as it is serious. While genuine issues, such as ethics in business, are buried in it, this book is a witty, acerbic hatchet job on the phenomenon of management: What managers do and why? Why expand and when to downsize? Why visit 'management gurus'? Why are people now 'human resources'? What is a bogus bank account? When should waffle and technical jargon be tactically used? What's the protocol to frogmarch someone off your premises? This grail of management is a quirky fix teaching what they don't teach you at any respectable school of management. Just what you have been waiting for.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903464472
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/16/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 A is for Attitude 1
Ch. 2 B is for Business Plan 5
Ch. 3 C is for Consultant 8
Ch. 4 D is for Delegation and Downsize 10
Ch. 5 E is for Expansion 14
Ch. 6 F is for Finance 20
Ch. 7 G is for Guru 25
Ch. 8 H is for Human Resource Management 29
Ch. 9 I is for Ignorance Management 36
Ch. 10 J is for Job Description 40
Ch. 11 K is for Kite-Mark - Symbol of Quality 45
Ch. 12 L is for Luddites 49
Ch. 13 M is for Management 52
Ch. 14 N is for Never and Make it Forever 58
Ch. 15 O is for Office 59
Ch. 16 P is for Peter Principle 62
Ch. 17 Q is for Quantitative Techniques 67
Ch. 18 R is for Recruitment Consultant 71
Ch. 19 S is for Service Management 76
Ch. 20 T is for Training 81
Ch. 21 U is for Understanding Management Language 91
Ch. 22 V is for Vision 100
Ch. 23 W is for World-Class Manufacturing 103
Ch. 24 X is for Extreme Management 107
Ch. 25 Y is the Manager's Greatest Tool 111
Ch. 26 Z is for Zone 113
Glossary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management

    I bought this when I saw the curious picture on the front cover, the contents are equally funny. Its easy to read and has some good practical tips (EG Being Pestered by Recruitment Consultants? Buy a DOBERMAN!). Ireland is now the Tax dodge capital of Europe, and is where Recruitment consultants and Employment agents hang around hospital A & E departments, morgues and psychiatric hospitals - if someone is sick,dying, dead or has lost the run of themself - theres a job to be filled! Essential reading for the job-seeker - much wisdom buried in the wit. The section on HRM is great - the only advantage to having a large HRM comes about when downsizing - they make great downsizing starter fodder and will not be missed in the course of normal organisational activity. Feeney believes HRM adds nothing to any organisation and argues his case passionatly though with much wit and humor. The glossary at the back explains all the terms used for anyone not used to understanding all the waffle/BS management generally spout. Anyone who's curious about Management should read this book - its very funny! Finally we can laugh at all the sleaze, tribunals and dodgy business going on in post-Tiger Ireland - Good book well worth 8.99 Euros

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management

    This is a very funny insight into every possible area of management - The writer has the inside track on recruitment, job descriptions, ISO9000, management attitudes, business plans, interviewing, firing, good and bad service, dodgy Irish accounting practices, tribunals of investigation that never find anyone guilty (Brown envelopes), dirty politicians, the stupidity of semi-state companies and the absurdity of HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT....all that touchy, feely stuff we all hate. This is the dirty side of the Celtic Tiger Economy, from a managers perspective. Ireland positively encourages white and blue collar crime but if you're caught don't worry - all politicians accept BROWN ENVELOPES. Easily read and understood.

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