No, this isn’t the Dick Turpin guide to management. Instead, this book, by Marcia Blenko, Michael Mankins and Paul Rogers, is about the "Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organisation". Although dressing up in a tricorn hat, mask and cape might sound like fun, what you should do instead is hone your decision-making skills – not just your personal ones, but the decision-making capabilities of your organisation.
Let me explain. It doesn’t matter how good your decisions are; it’s how fast you make them and how well you execute them that counts. So determine the ways in which your organisation helps or hinders decision-making. Once you’ve made your decision, what do you need to get done to make it happen?
Is it a matter of running it quickly past your own boss so you can get on with things, or do you have to present your decisions at protracted committee meetings where every aspect is inspected and modified? Do you end up leaving the room feeling that your mojo has been sapped?
This is exactly the type of organisational behaviour that must be avoided. What it should be about is deciding and then delivering. Dick Turpin, eat your heart out.
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today