As a business and culture transformation expert, Martin doesn’t just chop off branches and leaves. He goes deep inside organizations to target the roots of inefficiency, impracticality and general bone- headedness. In this very funny, entertaining, informative book.

- Marshall Goldsmith, American Leadership Coach

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The Ministry of Common Sense
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When you should be solving problems but your mind is being controlled by meeting room protocol. When your best creative thought slips away because you’re distracted by a 5-level leave requisition approval. When a 264 page PPT deck kicks off with “Welcome to The Christmas Party Planning Meeting.”

That’s the time to call in The Ministry Of Common Sense – to put an end to it once and for all! It’s time to get rid of the red tape, to remove silly rules and to serve our customers better.

Laser-beam insightful, side-splittingly funny and packed with solutions, The Ministry Of Common Sense will show you how to transform your company. When you’ve stopped crying with laughter, that is….

Yes? Read on.

A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE

“HOW THE heck AM I SUPPOSED TO OPEN THIS???”

No scissors. No knife. No fingernails. No teeth. I’m about to be at 30,000 feet with no way to open and remove my new headphones from its heavy plastic package.

There I was with my new $400 headphones mocking me through a hard plastic bubble, daring me to attempt prizing it open. I took the challenge, hoping for an easy victory as my flight had already been called and time was running out. An epic common sense fail! Read how this journey into the bizarre world of nonsensical packaging ended…

HOW BIG IS YOUR DECK?

Your office legend may brag abut having the biggest powerpoint deck, but can he deliver? You try to reserve a conference room via your company’s new-and-improved computer service, only to find that every conference room is booked–forever. Your weekly conference call is hijacked by video screens freezing, cords not working, and employees dropping in and out. Sounds like a normal day at work? Looks like you need to call in the Ministry.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BOOK

  • Solutions. The Ministry of Common Sense is all about forcing stumbling organizations (and some of the world’s biggest appear in the book) to sit up and take notice.
  • PURPOSE. Companies have become so entangled in their own internal issues, and further beset by reams of invisible red tape, that they’ve lost sight of their core purpose. This book reveals how they pay the price and shows the path back to purpose.
  • TRUE STORIES. It happens more than you think. Martin shares humorous stories from companies around the world who suffer the bureaucratic bottlenecks and red tape that plague every office. Prepare to laugh and then get serious.
  • TRANSFORMATION & INNOVATION. Shows you how to instantly remove unproductive BS, unblock innovation, reinstall common sense….and ultimately create an amazing culture.

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As a business and culture transformation expert, Martin doesn’t just chop off branches and leaves. He goes deep inside organizations to target the roots of inefficiency, impracticality and general bone- headedness. In this very funny, entertaining, informative book.

- Marshall Goldsmith, American Leadership Coach

The Ministry of Common Sense shows you how to restore common sense, and enjoy the benefits that come with it! (and we mean real company benefits).

The more organizations scale and get stale, the more employees become victims of standardized rules, procedures and old habits that have never been questioned for logic. Once we’ve learned to become corporate, we suppress our instinctual empathy and ignore what we know about right vs. wrong and smart vs. foolish. We forget how we’d feel in a customer’s shoes if a bank froze our accounts, if a telecom company sent a nasty letter, or if a call-centre transferred us five times. Before long, most of us become not only numb, but complicit in crimes of corporate nonsense, even when they lead to frustrated customers, poor morale, lost revenue, and stifled innovation.

What has happened to common sense? And how can we get it back? Companies, it seems, have become so entangled in their own internal issues, and further beset by reams of invisible red tape, that they’ve lost sight of their core purpose. Inevitably, they pay the price.

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