Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat

Revealing Insights for Managing the Autocrat in All of Us

Richard Hallstein (Author)

Publication date: 08/01/1993

Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat
  • An easy-to-read, how-to guide for executives, managers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and change leaders who are seeking profit improvement strategies that fit their organizations
  • By a working executive who has put these ideas into action and seen them work
  • Provides a cost-reduction alternative to employee layoffs that also helps managers motivate employees to generate creative ideas
  • Reveals how to immediately improve profits with over 100 innovative profit building ideas

We all want to be in control-of our jobs, our relationships, our lives. However, the autocratic behaviors stemming from our desire for control are proving less and less effective in today's more participative organizational cultures.

In Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat, Richard Hallstein speaks to all of us. Through revealing anecdotes and personal examples, he helps us see the many ways in which we manifest our constant struggle for control and thereby make our work and our lives more difficult for ourselves and those around us. And he offers practical help for learning more participative styles of managing and living a more joyous and satisfying life, both personal and professional.

Written with an intimacy rare in business books, the twenty-one vignettes in this enlightening and entertaining confession evoke twinges of recognition in all of us. Through Richard Hallstein's experiences, we recognize our own autocratic behaviors-encouraging competition instead of collaboration; demanding perfection from ourselves and others; hanging on to power instead of sharing it; even surrounding ourselves with people just like ourselves in order to avoid conflict. His prescription for overcoming the autocrat within us not only creates new possibilities for getting a job done, but releases us from having to know everything, do everything, and control everything.

  • An easy-to-read, how-to guide for executives, managers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and change leaders who are seeking profit improvement strategies that fit their organizations
  • By a working executive who has put these ideas into action and seen them work
  • Provides a cost-reduction alternative to employee layoffs that also helps managers motivate employees to generate creative ideas
  • Reveals how to immediately improve profits with over 100 innovative profit building ideas

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  • An easy-to-read, how-to guide for executives, managers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and change leaders who are seeking profit improvement strategies that fit their organizations
  • By a working executive who has put these ideas into action and seen them work
  • Provides a cost-reduction alternative to employee layoffs that also helps managers motivate employees to generate creative ideas
  • Reveals how to immediately improve profits with over 100 innovative profit building ideas

We all want to be in control-of our jobs, our relationships, our lives. However, the autocratic behaviors stemming from our desire for control are proving less and less effective in today's more participative organizational cultures.

In Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat, Richard Hallstein speaks to all of us. Through revealing anecdotes and personal examples, he helps us see the many ways in which we manifest our constant struggle for control and thereby make our work and our lives more difficult for ourselves and those around us. And he offers practical help for learning more participative styles of managing and living a more joyous and satisfying life, both personal and professional.

Written with an intimacy rare in business books, the twenty-one vignettes in this enlightening and entertaining confession evoke twinges of recognition in all of us. Through Richard Hallstein's experiences, we recognize our own autocratic behaviors-encouraging competition instead of collaboration; demanding perfection from ourselves and others; hanging on to power instead of sharing it; even surrounding ourselves with people just like ourselves in order to avoid conflict. His prescription for overcoming the autocrat within us not only creates new possibilities for getting a job done, but releases us from having to know everything, do everything, and control everything.

  • An easy-to-read, how-to guide for executives, managers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and change leaders who are seeking profit improvement strategies that fit their organizations
  • By a working executive who has put these ideas into action and seen them work
  • Provides a cost-reduction alternative to employee layoffs that also helps managers motivate employees to generate creative ideas
  • Reveals how to immediately improve profits with over 100 innovative profit building ideas

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Richard W. Hallstein is CEO of McLagan International, a management consulting and training firm. His previous career included 23 years' experience as a senior executive in line management, strategic planning, and human resources. He is the author of Memoirs of a Recovering Autocrat.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: Relief From Being in Charge All of the Time
o Once Begun, the Journey Never Ends o A Power Greater Than Myself o The Case for Incompetence o Casting Light on Our Dark Side o Struggles with Self-Importance o The Courage for Necessary Messes o A Bias for No Action o Nourishing the Spirit o The Addictions That Drive Us o On Being Enlightened but Not Evolved o Using the Gift of Power o Putting People to the Test o Information as an Ally o The Tao of Homogeneity o Eliminating Soul Pollution o Trained for Show o The Big Wheel Syndrome o The Propensity to be "Dead Serious" o Competition versus Collaboration o The Problem with the Bootstrap Theory o Autocrats Anonymous

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Endorsements

"Packed with wisdom, good advice, and painfully familiar vignettes. I laughed, I winced-and kept reading."

Marvin Weisbord, author of Productive Workplaces and Discovering Common Ground

"A must-read book for those of us searching to understand what inside of us stands in the way of true partnerships."

Frederick A. Miller, president, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group

"Successfully integrates the soft and the hard issues of leadership. It could change the way you see all the relationships in your life."

Richard J. Leider, author of The Power of Purpose, and coauthor of The Inventurers and Repacking Your Bags

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