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The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets-and The Rest Of Us-can Harness The Power Of True Partnership
Are you a heroic leader? Or are you a passive follower? Chances are you act like one or the other, and it's doing serious damage to your company, your customers, and your colleagues. The reason behind your harmful behavior? The fear that you'll be held responsible for any failures -which often makes failure the inevitable outcome. Management guru Roger Martin calls this fe ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 16th 2003 by Basic Books
(first published November 30th 1990)
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Interesting concept--in the workplace most people either take on too little responsibility or too much, avoiding embarrassment, failure, or preserving the status quo yet stifling innovation and collaboration. But this book could have been half as long and still gotten it's point across. Too long and too repetitive.
This book was difficult to slog through, but had some good insights into how people interact. The author provides some tools/techniques for dealing with situations where "The Responsibility Virus" has taken hold. Frankly, I think the book could be half the length.