The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work

By: Schmaltz, David A.

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If you work, you probably manage projects every day-even if "project manager" isn't in your official title-and you know how frustrating the experience can be. Using the familiar story of six blind men failing to describe an elephant to each other as a metaphor, David Schmaltz brilliantly identifies the true root cause of the difficulties in project work: "incoherence" (the inability of a group of people to make common meaning from their common experience).
Schmaltz exposes such oft-cited difficulties as poor planning, weak leadership, and fickle customers as poor excuses for project failure, providing a set of simple, project coherence-building techniques that anyone can use to achieve success. He explains how "wickedness" develops when a team over-relies on their leader for guidance rather than tapping their true source of power and authority-the individual.
The Blind Men and the Elephant explores just how much influence is completely within each individual's control. Using real-world stories, Schmaltz undermines the excuses that may be keeping you trapped in meaningless work, offering practical guidance for overcoming the inevitable difficulties of project work.

Title: The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work

Author Name: Schmaltz, David A.

Categories: Business & Economics,

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers: 2003-03-01

ISBN Number: 1576752534

ISBN Number 13: 9781576752531

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU9143811