Winnie the Pooh on Management: In Which a Very Important Bear and His Friends Are Introduced to a Very Important Subject

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Using the characters and stories of A. A. Milne to illustrate such principles as setting clear objectives, strong leadership, the need for accurate information, good communication, and other neglected basics of prudent management, Roger E. Allen offers sensible, time-honored advice in a captivating style. His consulting experience has taught him that it is the fundamentals of management - not a failure to grasp sophisticated approaches - that trip up most companies. ...
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Overview

Using the characters and stories of A. A. Milne to illustrate such principles as setting clear objectives, strong leadership, the need for accurate information, good communication, and other neglected basics of prudent management, Roger E. Allen offers sensible, time-honored advice in a captivating style. His consulting experience has taught him that it is the fundamentals of management - not a failure to grasp sophisticated approaches - that trip up most companies.

Forget Samurai management techniques and zero-base budgeting. Management consultant Roger E. Allen knows that what trips up most companies is the fundamentals of management: clear objectives, strong leadership, and good communication. Any manager who wants to hone and polish basic skills will find this charming primer vastly enlightening. After all, what more familiar and delightful guide could there be than Winnie-the-Pooh? Illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Management, as Allen reminds us, is a very serious subject. Unfortunately, though, his presentation of substantive issues-business purpose, managerial skills, motivation-is tenuous and underdeveloped; and his coverage of organizational theory is anemic, even when addressing the pivotal ideas of Peter Drucker, Theodore Levitt and Douglas MacGregor. Allen, a management consultant, selects A.A. Milne's classic characters to probe managerial functions in ``an unfamiliar context, which will allow us to think about them in a new way.'' But his ``new way'' fails to inspire. 75,000 first printing; Fortune Book Club and QPB selections; published simultaneously on Penguin-Highbridge Audio. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Management consultant Allen uses A.A. Milne's original stories and the classic drawings of Ernest H. Shepard as object lessons for today's manager. He presents the adventures of Christopher Robin and friends as illustrations of organizational management and comments on the effectiveness of management decisions and actions taken by various inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. The Stranger who comes to the wood to instruct Pooh and friends in management never really explains why the group-who, after all, accomplish quite a bit without consultants-needs such instruction. Nevertheless, the Stranger teaches them basic management principles, including such fundamental communication concepts as, "The information should be meaningful to the individual who is receiving it." Although this work offers few new ideas, the old ones are refreshingly and humbly presented. Recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/94.]-Andrea C. Dragon, Coll. of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
Barbara Jacobs
It's about time A. A. Milne's Very Important Bear entered the current craze of metaphorical nonfiction. No surprise that management is the Very Important Subject here, since Pooh, with help from the Stranger, has Very Important Lessons to Learn. Using this conceit, then, consultant Allen explains the six basic functions of managers, from establishing objectives to measuring and analyzing results, and, along the way, inserts some of Milne's prose as examples. A case of terminal cuteness? Perhaps. But if bosses-to-be absorb these commonsense notions, then maybe the Bear with Brain is a good teacher.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402896361
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/12/1994
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Outstanding reading!

    This title makes an amazing comparison from the storys of Winnie the Pooh to the rules to great management. It shows you real storys from the Winnie the Pooh collection and explains what was done right and what could use improvment. Also, it outlines the requierments to good management in a clear, well defiened explanation. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who is looking for clear management rules, or just for Pooh lovers everywhere!

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