Daneet Steffens
January 27, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Winnie-the-pooh On Management

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Roger E. Allen

We gave it a B

In Roger E. Allen’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh On Management, Winnie-the-Pooh learns the basics of management and becomes a V.I.B. (Very Important Bear). It’s a cute idea, á la The Tao of Pooh: Use something that is fun and familiar for the layman to illustrate the obscure or obtuse. Pooh, Kanga, Tigger, and the rest of the Forest gang hang out with a very friendly Stranger (who comes equipped — thoughtfully enough — with a picnic basket loaded with honey) and puzzle through a Very Serious Subject. The Stranger uses their famous adventures with Woozles, North Pole Expeditions, and Horrible Heffalumps to discuss management theories, setting objectives, motivation, and delegation. But what works in theory may backfire in practice: About 40 pages into this how-to book, you’ll want to drop your good intentions of improving management policies to go devour every pure volume of A.A. Milne you can get your hands on. B

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