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Well the basic bargepole concepts of keeping a low profile, minimizing risks, saying buzz words with no substance are...well, pretty obvious to everyone. We've all heard politicians talk and worked in organizations with managers in positions they are not capable of fulfilling, but are none the less safe.
For me, this whole book was bargepole book writing. Politician talk, offering nothing of concrete and specific advice.
I found it negative and depressing.
Would you consider the audio edition of Bargepole Management to be better than the print version?
What did you like best about this story?
Vandell's utterly thought-provoking theory is something I've never encountered before.
What about Ron Herczig’s performance did you like?
Ron's voice and diction make this audiobook a pleasurable experience.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The first time I encountered the line "maximum gain for minimal effort", it stopped me on my tracks and I thought, "that was pure genius."
Any additional comments?
This book is shaking the business world to its very core, and for good reason: it exposes the real dynamics within corporate and even governmental leadership, and shows us why despite monumental failures, nobody was severely punished in the financial disasters that have been unleashed in the world in the past decades or so. If you’re like me who have been grumbling about the “blessings” that are being given to those who are perceived to be less talented or skilful, then read this book and finally “get” it. And once you understand how it all works, you can proceed to the next step: take advantage of what you learn.
I absolutely love how Vandell used a semi-fictional approach in fleshing out the theory with the use of characters (Charles, Dave and Bill). I have met a lot of Dave, Charles and Bill in my life that I found myself nodding in assent as I read the book. This is one of the hallmarks of Vandell’s work—it is never highfaluting, always striving to make everything as plain and simple, yet it never fails to astonish. Even the simple headline “how to create your unfair advantage” made me do a double-take—these are business principles turned on their heads, and they make sense.
This book is an absolute must-read—from students, to bankers, to managers, to rank-and-file employees. If you want to see how the world is really run, understand the principles that are used by people to create (or simulate) value and indispensability, this is the book for you. There’s no going around it. Get it now. I highly recommend.