Book Review: Low-Hanging Fruit

Emma De Vita reviews the latest book by Jeremy Eden and Terri Long, which focuses on their frustration with the way many organisations are managed

Low Hanging Fruit focuses on the authors' frustration with some management methods
Low Hanging Fruit focuses on the authors' frustration with some management methods

This is a book born of frustration, or so the authors claim. Low-Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits, by Jeremy Eden and Terri Long, focuses on their frustration with the way many organisations are managed.

The book begins with a great quote from the management guru Peter Drucker: "So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work." Did you just find yourself nodding in agreement? If so, this book lists 77 handy hints on how to make life easier for those you manage, although you've first got to get past the prolific number of exclamation marks that litter the book.

The 13th eye-opening tip is "stop ignoring your introverts". As natural listeners and thinkers, introverts are an under-used resource in a modern organisational culture that values extroverts more. But introverts are likely to excel at the insightful problem-solving that is essential for innovation.

Make the most of your introverts by soliciting their thoughts privately, by reducing the noise extroverts make during meetings and by assigning introverts to lead special project teams. You will be making their lives easier - and yours too.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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