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Mark Schwartz, author of leadership classics A Seat at the Table and The Art of Business Value, reveals a new (empowering) model for the often soul-shattering, frustrating, Kafkaesque nightmare we call bureaucracy. 

Through humor, a healthy dose of history and philosophy, and real-life examples from his days as a government bureaucrat, Schwartz shows IT leaders (and the whole of business) how to master the ways of the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler to create a lean, learning, and enabling bureaucracy. 

For anyone frustrated by roadblocks, irritated the business can't move fast enough, or suffering under the weight of crushing procedures, this book is for you. No matter your role, you need a playbook for bureaucracy. This is it. With this playbook, you can wield bureaucracy as a superpower and bust through it at the same time.

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©2020 Mark Schwartz (P)2020 Mark Schwartz

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  • odaruc
  • 15-09-2021

Insightful and hope-inspiring

Quit letting our secrets out before they invent a better beuacracy! I can't actually spell burueqcracy is one problem I guess I still have to work on.

What Schwartz describes is like a living organism. Buracrcacy self-organizes similarly at different organizations and contexts. It reacts similarly to certain stimuli, as Schwartz points out, and creates more of itself if left unchallenged. It's also vulnerable to adjustment if you know what knobs to turn. Interesting, Mr. Schwartz!

This book is useful to have in your toolbox if you are working to promote a culture of DevOps at your organization. It's true. Bureeacracy can be agile, as Schwartz points out.

Anyway, my only gripe is the audiobook format. There are some amusing exchanges and excerpts between the author and editor. This is fun except it often interrupts mid-page or mid-thought. It could be distracting or hard to follow at times, but I got used to it. The written version I would probably skip it and keep reading until after finishing the thought.

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  • Miguel Reyes
  • 02-07-2021

motivante, entretenido

excelente narrador. un libro cuya lógica es aplicable a casi cualquier país. motiva a generar cambios

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-2021

Author has practical experience

The author spent more time dropping names or quoting other literary works than writing original content. i'm not sure what practical experience the author actually has. Total waste of money.

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