Six Silent Killers: Management's Greatest Challenge

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It is a book directed at viewing the complex organization realistically, not as management would have it be seen, but as it is, an organization in crisis as well as in transition. The crisis is manifested in the failure of management to note, deal with, and motivate the post-modern workforce. The consequence has spawned six silent killers, social termites that destroy the infrastructure from within, while failing to be detected until it is usually too late for damage control. The transition represents a discrete change in the power base of the organization. Authority has been detached from management and integrated into the professional workforce at the level of consequences. In 1950, eighty percent of the workforce was blue collar and twenty percent was white collar. In the 21st century, these numbers have been reversed. Position power has had to yield to knowledge power. Yet the workplace culture still, in the main, is managed, motivated, and mobolized! as if management is a separate entity to workers; as if management has the answers when only the manager-worker partnerships do. The book in painfully direct and empirical detailed, outlining the problems and consequences of management's myopia. The book is a detailed and integrated discourse on possible ways to reverse this trend. It suggests that eighty percent of the work now being accomplished is by only twenty percent of the workforce. Imagine what a difference it would make if this could be changed to only 70-30: the possible difference between being competitive and being bankrupt.

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Dr. James R. Fisher, Jr., an industrial/organizational psychologist, is a bold thinker who spells out what needs to be done to reestablish manager-worker trust and productivity consistent with the demands of global competition in the 21st century. With clinical precision, he bares the troubled soul of the complex organization, analyzes its chronic problems, then prescribes achievable remedies. Dr. Fisher gleaned his comprehensive insights first as a laborer, then as a chemist, later as a sales engineer, followed by being a field manager, international corporate executive, management consultant, adjunct professor, and then author of several books and hundreds of articles in the genre of organizational development (OD). He has worked and lived on four continents, and now resides in Tampa, Florida from with his wife, Betty, where he continues to write and consult.

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Invest the time, read this book, and you'll agree the central reason for an unhappy workplace are these "killers." --Dr. Thomas Brown, The Wall Street Journal -- Across the Board Magazine, June 1998

Fisher gets his ideas from the workplace. He describes these killers so forcefully it turns a lighbulb in your head. --Dr. Billy G. Gunter, Professor of Sociology, University of South Florida, AQP Journal, Winter, 1998.

This book provides great insight, philosophical depth, and uncanny predictive truth, or the crucial factors if we are to survive. --Anna Flowers, The Journal of Applied Management and Entrprenerism, Summer 1999

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