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Common Sense

Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace

Authors: Tanner, Ken

  • Common Sense: Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace shows readers not only what common sense is, but how to acquire it and improve their personal common sense quotient. It also shows how to teach common sense to others, which will help readers become promotable and take better advantage of workplace opportunities.

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About this book

“He may have an MBA, but he’s got no common sense.” Assessments like that by a boss can stop a career dead in its tracks. Unfortunately, many believe that common sense is a trait you are either born with or you are not. This book dispels that myth. Through the pages of Common Sense: Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace readers will learn not only what common sense is, but how to acquire it and use it to enhance their careers, increase their confidence, and take better advantage of business opportunities. 

Common Sense explores the use—and non-use—of common sense in the workplace and the world around us. It shows how you can become a person of great wisdom and good judgment by simply learning about all the ways people stumble in the thought process. Author Ken Tanner, a seasoned manager, consultant, and former regional vice president for two major U.S. restaurant chains, shows readers how to make better decisions, how to spot and avoid fallacious thinking, how to better assess ambiguous situations, and how to become a mature thinker with a knack for making the right move at just the right time.  

Best of all, Common Sense shows how to teach this trait to others, especially subordinates and co-workers who can and will do nonsensical things unless you help them learn to reason through their decisions and actions quickly and confidently. The payoff? Your staff will make you look good, greasing the way for greater responsibility and opportunity. This book:

  • Takes you through an understanding of the term "common sense"—what it means and what it doesn’t mean.
  • Shows how fallacies create barriers to using common sense.
  • Provides dozens of examples of the application (as well as rejection) of common sense in the business world and elsewhere.
  • Shows how to teach common sense to others.

About the authors

Ken Tanner began his career scrubbing dishes in the back of a Pizza Hut, eventually becoming the youngest manager in that chain s history. What followed was a 20-year career in the hospitality industry that included management of hotels, owning a dinner theater, and serving as a regional vice president for two of the nation s biggest restaurant chains. This phase of his career featured dramatic customer-service turnarounds, record low employee turnover rates, and the development of dozens of industry leaders. Ken is especially proud of the number of women he helped advance into executive positions. Ken founded a human resources consulting firm in 1995. Initially focused on recruiting, Ken now uses his expertise to help companies build teamwork and retain employees. Ken is the author of five other business books on team-building and careers, including Recruiting Excellence and The Boomer s Career Survival Guide. He can be reached at kentanner@consultant.com.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • What Is Common Sense, Anyway?

    Tanner, Ken

    Pages 1-10

  • Perception Is Reality

    Tanner, Ken

    Pages 11-29

  • Common Nonsense Based on Faulty Appeals

    Tanner, Ken

    Pages 31-43

  • Common Nonsense Based on Muddled Logic

    Tanner, Ken

    Pages 45-57

  • Urban Legends, Conspiracies, and Other Perversions of the Truth

    Tanner, Ken

    Pages 59-79

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-4153-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $19.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-4152-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Common Sense
Book Subtitle
Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Ken Tanner
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-4153-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-4153-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-4152-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 180
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
Topics