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Acting Up Brings Everyone Down
Author: Nick McCormick
Publisher: Be Good Publishing
ISBN: Mandy Leonard
Summary:The lessons are important reminders to the reader that bringing a more mature approach to their work is never a bad thing
Many of us will look back on our childhoods with fondness. How many of us don’t occasionally wish for the ability to let someone else shoulder our responsibilities for a time in our personal lives like our parents used to do for us when we were younger? As nice as the idea may be in reality it is impossible to escape the responsibilities that govern our lives but what happens when we forget that in our work lives
Nick McCormick’s previous work, “Lead Well and Prosper: 15 Successful Strategies for Becoming a Good Manager” offered a collection of strategies to help improve the reader’s abilities as a manager through a combination of engaging storyline and straight forward examples. With his latest work, “Acting Up Brings Everyone Down” he continues his no-nonsense look at the childish behaviours that individuals employ at work to negative effect.
The premise of his latest book is simple - grow up and take responsibility! Using a similar formula to “Lead Well and Prosper”, the author takes a good look at some of the behaviours and attitudes from our childhood that have worked their way into the work culture. Making excuses, procrastinating, passing the buck and being selfish are all behaviours that many would immediately (and perhaps unfairly) associate with the younger generations without acknowledging that these same actions take place on a day to day basis in the workplace.
With an almost tongue-in-cheek approach the author points out ways in which these behaviours manifest themselves and points to simple methods that can be used to combat them. Readers will no doubt find more than a grain of truth in some of the examples given and it would be doubtful to find someone who hasn’t been guilty of one of these same behaviours at some point.
To a certain extent, the author oversimplifies what are incredibly complicated issues surrounding management, team work and personal responsibilities. While many of these issues can be broken down into more simple terms, simply saying “change this behaviour” can never hope to combat the inherent complexities of modern day teams. The author makes a good point that many of these behaviours have negative impacts on the business and the reader’s role within it - but one must also look into the corporate culture which allows those behaviours free reign to begin with.
Short, fun and easy to read “Acting Up Brings Everyone Down” is a good common sense look at how we as individuals can improve and excel within a work environment. While it lacks a little contextual depth the obvious lessons are important reminders to the reader that bringing a more mature approach to their work is never a bad thing.