Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions

ISBN : 9780190652395

Samuel A. Culbert
208 ページ
140 x 210 mm
  • Makes a powerful case that modern organizational culture ends up twisting good intentions into bad management behavior.
  • Argues that the problem starts at the beginning, with the lessons managers learn out of necessity moving up, and with MBA programs that teach "success" skills rather than crucial management skills.
  • Offers practical advice for effecting change by showing organizations how they can remove the obstacles in the path of managers.
  • Outlines five prevailing assumptions that companies need to put under the microscope, and five mindsets that companies need to develop to radically change their organizational structure.

What's worse than a bad manager who everybody knows is bad? A bad manager who is well-intentioned and considered to be good. Yet these well-intentioned bad managers make up the bulk of management today. How did that happen? How did so many of today's managers end up with a self-preservation mindset that doesn't always translate to a productive and mission-oriented environment? How did so many good people become wedded to a work culture that saps morale, well-being and performance at both the individual and organizational levels? 

an the well-intentioned doling it out realize... and even In Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions, author Samuel A. Culbert sheds a light on the bad habits that are routinely followed by these well-intended managers. Managers need to understand the causes of their misguided practices. They need to become more aware of the damage they inflict, and the hollowness of the rationales they use to justify what they do. Company leaders, CEOs, and top-tier managers must become aware of how they have gone astray as a first step in implementing the truly beneficial management mentality that their companies, their managers and their employees require to succeed.


Foreword by Henry Dubroff
PART I: What's Going On?
Chapter 1 Time to Face It: Bad Management is the Norm
Chapter 2 Doublethink: How Managers Convince Themselves Bad Behavior is Good Managing
Chapter 3 What People Skills Do Managers (Actually) Acquire?
PART II: Is Bad Management Here to Stay?
Chapter 4 Why Managers Feel So Very Vulnerable
Chapter 5 How Managers Self-Protect
Chapter 6 What Prevents Good Management
PART III: What Can Be Done?
Chapter 7 Overcoming Cultural Resistance to Good Management
Chapter 8 Getting Company Supports for Good Management
Chapter 9 Consciousness-Raising to Promote Other-Directedness in Management


Samuel A. Culbert is an award winning author, researcher, and professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. His laboratory is the world of work where he puts conventional managerial assumptions under a microscope to uncover and replace dysfunctional practices. Widely recognized as a candid speaking expert and theoretician, he is author most recently of Get Rid of the Performance Review and Beyond Bullsh*t. SmartMoney Magazine named Beyond Bullsh*t to its 2008 list of ten top reads. Dr. Culbert is winner of a McKinsey Award for an article published in the Harvard Business Review, is a frequent contributor to management journals, and has authored numerous chapters in leading management books. His other authored and co-authored books include The Organization Trap, The Invisible War: The Pursuit of Self-Interests at Work, Radical Management, Mind-Set Management, and Don't Kill the Bosses!.