Reviews - What do customers think about In Search of Competence: The Incompetent and Sometimes Illegal Black Art of Management?
Essential reading for HR and Management specialists alike Oct 2, 2004
Not to be entirely precieved as 'Humor', there are detailed observations of every area of management. The Chapter on HRM predicts the future downfall of HR practice while the section on Recruitment Consultants was an eye-opener for me and my colleagues and should be read by any job seeker. Feeneys background ensures this is not just a cynical hatchet job on management - rather its a delicate disection.
Business, Managers & Management - from Recruitment to BOTOX Sep 23, 2004
Whatever your business, be it as complex as critically observing and reviewing the Obituary Columns of Newspapers as a means of gathering Vacant Job positions (The Recruitment Agent) or simply selling BOTOX out of the back of a transit van in an Airport car park - this book is for you. It reads like a business start-up guide but between the lines is good solid advice (importance of Vision statement, training, business planning, customer servicing, quality control, management styles, finance, sales, Etc.). Not being from a large organisation, I always wondered what 'Human Resource Management' was all about - Now I know, its about paint-ball and treating people (human resources) like four year old kids!
I liked especially the section on 'extreme management' Chapter 24 - its expensive training at 50,000 Euro but a great way to avoid Tax - Everyone in Ireland is involved in Tax scams! There's very few people (apart from PAYE workers) paying Tax.
In Business planning he writes about the Business Expansion Scheme, another great Tax dodge, currently 'on-hold' pending European investigation. Little to do with Business expansion, the 'scheme' was aimed at expanding the amount of Tax you don't have to pay.
Its an eclectic mix of wit, organisational observation, satire and is a roller-coaster ride for anyone involved in the 'black art of management' - whether you're a manager OR report to a manager, you'll still experience the same spasms of recognition on reading this colourful little book.
Essential for anyone working in HRM or new to management Sep 23, 2004
Although this is a funny and witty book, it should be essential reading for anyone new to management OR anyone working in Human Resource Management.
Not to be entirely judged by its cover, the book raises many questions about MANAGEMENT ethics, standards, morals and scrupples. Feeney does this in a very painless and enjoyable way. I read it over the space of a weekend, (120 pages with a glossary at the back) and was laughing out loud at times. At other times, I was thinking very deeply about the content and its implications. Its a roller coaster and incites both emotions, almost simultaneously. Well worth a read!