Many Unhappy Returns: One Man's Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization In America (Leadership for the Common Good)

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In 1997, the Internal Revenue Service was a much-maligned public agency mired in unprecedented scandal and crisis. [UNK] Servicing 132 million individual and 6 million business taxpayers, the IRS has by far the largest number of customers in the country. And for years, it also had the lowest approval rating. The power of this story is that if the IRS was turned around so dramatically, so can any other large organization. [UNK] Provides a fresh and informative perspective. Conveys the hopeful message that real, ongoing change is possible at the IRS - an outcome that affects every taxpayer. [UNK] Well-written narrative that directly addresses taxpayers' biggest gripes, and suggests a solution. [UNK] There is a potential market among IRS employees, which number about 100,000.

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Charles Rossotti was Commissioner of the IRS from 1997 to 2002, and so offers a first person account. Rossotti is also an accomplished executive (cofounder and CEO of American Management Systems and currently Sr Advisor for Carlyle Group) and was the first businessman to lead the IRS, which had previously only been run by tax lawyers. Rossotti is very well-connected in both the public and private sector (ie: Bob Rubin and Larry Summers) and will tap his networks to help spur word-of-mouth about the book.

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A successful businessman but political neophyte, Rossotti was appointed commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in 1997; this book is a matter-of-fact recounting of his five-year tenure, which included many of President Bush's changes to the code. An entertaining insider's account, it reads like the bureaucratic equivalent of a police procedural. With refreshing clarity, Rossotti describes such impediments as political pressure from the White House and the "senseless issues that the [IRS] lawyers insisted on pursuing." None of the villains are identified by name, but the author's determination to name and praise everyone who helped sometimes make the book read like an overlong Academy Awards acceptance speech. It succeeds as a management case study, clearly laying out Rossotti's initial analysis of apparently intractable problems, followed by the development of strategies for change, the recruitment of stakeholders and the use of skills and tricks required to shepherd the process to a successful conclusion. And the book demonstrates that dedication by honest and talented managers can produce results (even if one disagrees with them). It's also an inspiring bit of political truth telling. (Mar. 8)
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