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How come every time I get stabbed in the back, my fingerprints are on the knife? and other meditations on management
Harvey, Jerry B.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [1999]

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xx, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Some thoughts about organizational backstabbing or How come every time I get stabbed in the back my fingerprints are on the knife? -- The spin doctors : an invitation to meditate on the organizational dynamics of the Last Supper and why Judas was not the traitor -- On the ethics of standing for something or sitting on our duffs -- Learning to not*teach -- Prayers of communication and organizational learning -- This is a football : leadership and the anaclitic depression blues -- What if I really believe this stuff? -- Musings about the elephant in the parlor or "Who the hell is Elliot Jaques?" -- On tooting your own horn or Social intervention as the process of releasing flatus in the confines of religious institutions -- Ode to Waco : when bizarre organizational behavior is concerned, God works in strange and mysterious ways -- When we buy a pig : the tragedy of the no-nonsense manager.
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HD58.7 .H377 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The role we each play in our own downfalls create the profound--and profoundly entertaining--basis for this series of linked "meditations" as the author of The Abilene Paradox takes another irreverent look at the nature of life on the job. In this work, Harvey explores the ethical, moral, and spiritual dilemmas we all face in the modern world of work. But he does it in a most unconventional way. His is an approach that mixes equal parts humor, philosophy, and insight to make us laugh, think, and examine organizational behavior in a brand new light. The twelve essays themselves carry such spirited titles as "What If I Really Believe this Stuff," "On Tooting Your Own Horn," and "Ode to Waco." Altogether, it's an enthralling collection of wise and witty parables that illustrate the redemptive value of the truth in a voice that is ultimately understanding of human shortcomings.

Author Notes

JERRY B. HARVEY,well-known author of The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management, is a professor of management science at The George Washington University. He has consulted with business, government, various healthcare services, and the nonprofit sector and has published many articles in the fields of organizational behavior and education.

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Booklist Review

Harvey, an academic and researcher engaged in exploring ethical, moral, and spiritual issues of organizations, presents his theories on organizational behavior and effective management. Coming from a family of storytellers, he uses stories to cover a wide variety of topics, including a description of anaclitic depression, which is depression experienced by many in organizations that are incompetently led. He also offers thoughts on group behavior and the need to find scapegoats; the dynamics of standing for something rather than not getting involved; the role of prayer in organizational behavior; and the common human need to belong. His unusual approach to organizational issues captures a reader's attention and gives Harvey a platform to express his beliefs, which are worthy of consideration. As he promises, this is a far more effective presentation than offering a list of prescriptions for personal and organizational success. --Mary Whaley

Table of Contents

The Author
Introduction: It's Not My Dog
Some Thoughts About Organizational Back
Stabbing or How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back
My Fingerprints are on the Knife?
The Spin Doctors: An Invitation to Meditate on the Organizational
Dynamics of the Last Supper and Why Judas was not the Traitor
On the Ethics of Standing for Something or Sitting on Our Duffs
Learning to Not*Teach
Prayers of Communication and Organizational Learning
This Is a Football: Leadership and the Anaclitic Depression Blues
What If I Really Believe This Stuff?
Musing About the Elephant in the Parlor or "Who the Hell Is Elliot Jaques?
"On Tooting Your Own Horn or Social Intervention as the Process of Releasing Flatus in the Confines of Religious Institutions
Ode to Waco: When Bizarre Organizational Behavior Is Concerned, God Works in Strange and Mysterious Ways
When We Buy a Pig: The Tragedy of the No-Nonsesne Manager
Afterword: In Memory of Suzanne