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How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis (e-Book)


How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis, 1979

ISBN 0·987120 ·00·6, Paperback, E-Book

Why this book?

One of Dr. Adizes’ earlier books, How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis (first published by Dow Jones Irwin in 1979 and subsequently re- printed several times by Adizes Institute Publishing), this is the introduction of Dr. Adizes’ theory of management: How to manage change and how to solve problems caused by change. The book, which presented a new approach to management, was translated into 22 languages and in several countries, it became a bestseller. It is taught in nearly every school of social sciences at universities in Israel, Denmark, Sweden, and Yugoslavia, among other nations, and remains in demand and in print for over 40 years.

The Basic Premise

Have you ever known executives who graduated from leading schools of management but as managers you felt they were mismanaging? They "shot from the hip" or procrastinated in making decisions, or were bureaucratic in the sense of "going by the book"? They knew their management theory; they knew they had to plan and organize and motivate and control but somehow on one or more of these functions they failed? Their style of managing was inadequate?

Have you ever read a textbook about management principles and found it made excellent sense; it was simple and exciting? But what appeared so simple in the book was in fact highly complicated, and in reality, things did not work out according to those rational and obvious principles?

If you are a top executive you probably have had frequent "loneliness blues"-no one to talk to about the burdens of responsibility, no one to share in the decision making. And whether or not you feel comfortable with your decisions, you are responsible for them.

The aim of this book is to present a view of the managerial process as a team process and to provide the reader with the tools for diagnosing and treating mismanagement. The book will provide the tools for composing teams and for rejuvenating organizations to counter their tendency to age and become bureaucratized. These tools have been used successfully around the world to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organizations and companies while simultaneously facilitating the personal growth of the individuals in the organizations.

Style of Presentation

Combining concepts from his early years at Colombia, Dr. Adizes presents the concepts in How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis through real world examples, quotes and analysis of both real and simulated environments. These are further defined as early Adizes terminology is formed.


How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis is one of Dr. Adizes first works, and a wonderful look at the Adizes timeline. It is valuable to those who are familiar with the terminology if they would like to see development of the methodology, or to people planning to read through the Adizes library for the first time. Because of the amount of Adizes Content, much of How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis is revisited in later works such as The Ideal Executive, Managing Corporate Lifecycles, etc.

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