“Makes a provocative case that you should put customers second, close open offices, and ditch performance appraisals.”—Adam Grant, best-selling author of Originals
“Under New Management is a lively, provocative must-read.”—Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself.
Why accepted management practices don’t work—and how innovative companies are changing the rules
Should your employees know each other’s salaries? Is your vacation policy harming productivity? Does your hiring process undermine your team? David Burkus argues that the traditional management playbook is full of outdated, counterproductive practices, and he reveals how the alternative management revolution has already started at companies like Netflix, Zappos, Google, and others. Burkus investigates behind their office doors to show how these companies are reevaluating and reinventing the most basic management principles, like hiring, firing, vacation policy, and even office floor plan, and enhancing their business’s success as a result.
“Is your company ready for a radical departure from twentieth-century management standards? David Burkus has collected the stories of dozens of companies that are standing the old rules on their heads. Even better, Burkus shows how you can do it, too.”—Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human “If you are going to read one book on being a better manager in the next year, start here. David Burkus has assembled the most practical research and provocative ideas into an incredibly quick read.”—Tom Rath, best-selling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0
About the Author
David Burkus is associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University where he was recently named one of the nation’s Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire. He’s the author of four books and has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft and Google. Since 2017, he’s been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. He lives outside of Tulsa with his wife and their two boys.
“Is your company ready for a radical departure from twentieth-century management standards and a bold move into a new approach? In Under New Management, David Burkus has collected the stories of dozens of companies that are making this journey. They’re standing the old rules on their heads and running their businesses with refreshing amounts of transparency and autonomy. Even better, Burkus shows how you can do it, too.” — Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
“I can’t stop raving about Under New Management to friends and colleagues. If you are going to read one book on being a better manager in the next year, start here. David Burkus has assembled the most practical research and provocative ideas into an incredibly quick read.” — Tom Rath, best-selling author of Strengths Finder 2.0
“In Under New Management, Burkus hauls twentieth-century management ideas to the scrap heap while revealing counterintuitive practices that will drive organizational performance in the back half of the twenty-first century. And like any good manager, he under-promises and over-delivers. Under New Management is a lively, provocative, must read.” — Whitney Johnson, a Thinkers50 World’s Most Influential Management Thinker, and author of Disrupt Yourself:Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
“David Burkus challenges established management principles and reveals the counterintuitive practices that really drive organizational performance. Under New Management makes a provocative case that you should put customers second, close open offices, and ditch performance appraisals.” — Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals
“Under New Management dares us to rethink some of our most closely held assumptions about management—should we fire managers? Pay people to quit? Celebrate departures? Burkus masterfully questions so-called “best practices” and illustrates how today’s leading companies are unleashing human talent. If you want to stay ahead in the new game of work, read this book!” — Liz Wiseman, best-selling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts
On Seinfeld, perpetual screw-up George Constanza eventually realized that since every impulse he had turned out to be wrong, if he simply did the opposite he would succeed. In David Burkus’s brilliant follow-up to the Myths of Creativity, he proves (with data!) just how well that same bit of logic applies to modern management. Get rid of your e-mail, open offices, and performance reviews. Let people take vacation whenever they want, and pay them to quit. If what you’re doing isn’t working, Burkus will show you what does.” — Heidi Grant Halvorson, best-selling author of No One Understands You and What to Do About It