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Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out what the Problem Really Is

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A book by Donald C. Gause

"It is a down-to-earth approach to the managerial problems of the '90's." --Jim Van Speybroeck, Data Processing Digest    "another wonderful and whimsical book from Gerald Weinberg and Donald Gause." --Barry Kornfeld, Sound Bytes--This … see full wiki

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Author: Donald C. Gause
Publisher: Winthrop Publishers
1 review about Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out what...

Humor and style used to present sound advice

  • Dec 8, 2001
The best and most difficult humor to write is that which is also educational. Most of the problems we handle in our professional lives are serious, complex and very difficult to define. Furthermore, the solution of one problem generally results in a few moments of pleasure and relief before you realize that it simply masked another that is probably as difficult as the one just defeated.
This complex backdrop is the premise of this book, namely how do you figure out what is really wrong, and also what is just as important, what solutions are viable options. Loaded with many giggle generators, some of which are not as tongue in cheek as they sound, the problem statements lead you to do what is most important, namely thinking about the problem from all angles. Sometimes a viable solution is to do next to nothing disguised as a major alteration. My favorite was the advice concerning how to deal with people whose job description seems to be the creation of work with little to no useful purpose. Disguising your true feelings behind an apparent willingness to tackle the "problem" is a true interpersonal art form which is sorely needed by anyone who deals with someone superior in position.
This is one of the funniest, yet helpful books in print. The authors do a great job in making difficulties into anecdotes while providing helpful and valuable advice. They don't think outside the box, they simply turn it into one where amusing solutions pop out if you crank it the right way.

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