The Ministry of Common Sense: How to Eliminate Bureaucratic Red Tape, Bad Excuses, and Corporate BS

The Ministry of Common Sense: How to Eliminate Bureaucratic Red Tape, Bad Excuses, and Corporate BS

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WALL STREET JOURNAL Bestseller

A humorous yet practical five-step guide to ridding ourselves—and our companies—of bureaucratic bottlenecks and red tape

 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the TSA is allowing passengers to board planes with unlimited amounts of hand sanitizer, while maintaining its 3.4-ounce limit on all other liquids. You need a chainsaw to pry open your new pair of headphones from their package. Your eighth Zoom meeting of the day keeps freezing, and if you hear “No, wait; no, you go first” again, you will implode. But first you have to sit through an endless Power Point presentation that everyone claims they’ve read, no one has, and that could have been summarized in one page.
 
What has happened to common sense? And how can we get it back? Companies, it seems, have become so entangled in their own internal issues, and further beset by reams of invisible red tape, that they’ve lost sight of their core purpose. Inevitably, they pay the price.
 
Best-selling author Martin Lindstrom combines numerous real‑life examples of corporate common sense gone wrong with his own ingenious plan for restoring logic—and sanity—to the companies and people that need it most. A must-read for today’s executives, managers, and employees, The Ministry of Common Sense is funny, entertaining, and immensely practical.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358272564
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 62,064
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Best-selling business author MARTIN LINDSTROM is a well-known international management consultant who routinely sees various kinds of “corporate constipation” all over the world. Over the years, he has learned how to quickly pinpoint and then eradicate these bothersome hurdles in companies of all sizes.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is routinely recognized as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World.
He is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. Among his major bestsellers include: WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON’T GET YOU THERE, TRIGGERS, and MOJO.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 Why Won't My TV Turn On? 13

2 Where Has Empathy Gone? 24

3 Outside In, Not Inside Out 44

4 Politics: The Invisible Straitjacket 68

5 You Have Been Denied Access to This Chapter 87

6 Show Me Your Deck! 112

7 What's That Lurking in the Shadows? 132

8 Fear and Loathing in the Corporate World 149

9 So What Could the Answer Be? 172

10 Implementing the Ministry of Common Sense 194

One More Thing… 220

Acknowledgments 222

Notes 229

Index 234

About the Author 242

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