Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense

By Jeffrey Pfeffer, Robert I. Sutton,

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The best organizations have the best talent...Financial incentives drive company performance...Firms must change or die. Popular axioms like these drive business decisions every day. Yet too much common management "wisdom" isn't wise at all--but, instead, flawed knowledge based on "best practices" that are actually poor, incomplete, or outright obsolete. Worse,…

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1 author picked Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This insightful book on evidence-based management is rich with great references. It is filled with provoking examples of things we heard or learned, which were debunked, making you think twice about them (Twyman’s law).

Do financial incentives work? They can, but in limited scenarios where individuals could be measured and minimum quality levels kept high; they may, however, backfire and undermine teamwork and attract the wrong people. When hiring, can the best talent be identified? Even in sports, some of the best players aren’t identified early in their careers. 

Rembrandt is considered a great painter; Mozart, one of the greatest…

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