April 04, 2008

Sam CulbertLOS ANGELES - In his new, provocative book, Beyond Bullsh*t: Straight Talk at Work, UCLA Anderson Professor Sam Culbert describes how to detect bullsh*t in the workplace, both in its overt forms and in its various disguises. Prof. Culbert also shows when and how it is possible to get to straight-talk and put aside the constant deception and obfuscation that all too often permeates the workplace.

In the book, Culbert acknowledges that a certain amount of bullsh*t is inevitable, but hopes readers find his latest book a powerful antidote to the bullsh*t in their lives and careers.

After decades of research and consulting, Culbert is convinced that straight-talk at work is possible. But it requires more than luck and willing people. Straight-talk is the product of thoughtful, caring relationships built upon trust and a commitment to look out for one another’s success.

Culbert describes this brand of truthfulness as "a caring, other-sensitive, candor-on-demand, loyalty-producing, intimacy-escalating, give-and-take relationship, leading to enhanced personal and organizational productivity." From an organizational perspective, there’s no greater contribution to operational effectiveness and success than conversations in which people with conflicting viewpoints discuss their differences forthrightly.

Beyond Bullsh*t is now available from Stanford University Press.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Furthermore, the finance faculty is ranked #1 in research publications in the four leading peer-reviewed journals by the Financial Management Association. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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