By Chris Turner
Have you ever heard "Let's get every person at the similar web page" only one time too many? was once your most up-to-date administration education direction simply one other plateful of warmed-over dogma? Then it is time to commence kicking up a few airborne dirt and dust and creating a distinction. In All Hat and No livestock, maverick advisor Chris Turner exhibits you ways to just do that. With a hefty dose of Texas humor, and with knowledge won from event at the entrance traces, she exposes a lot of what passes for administration knowledge as baloney and provides clean methods of pondering agencies and the folk who deliver them to lifestyles.
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