Book Review: Breaking the Fear Barrier

How fear destroys companies from the inside out and what to do about it.

By Tom Rieger

Reviewed by Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief of US Daily Review.

The United States was famous for being a land of risk takers.  The place were entrepreneurs could succeed.  In recent decades the US has become noted for its excessive regulations, pervasive litigation, oppressive taxation and other tolls on excellence, Americans are increasingly driven by fear and a desire to avoid risk.  Enter the newly released “Breaking the Fear Barrier” by Tom Rieger.  The book doesn’t answer all the government created problems that are undermining business, but does develop a viable and interesting strategy for handling those things that should be under a company’s control.

The book helps the reader identify the “three levels of the pyramid of bureaucracy” common in business today.  Those are, according to the author:

  • Parochialism: A tendency to force others to view the world from only one perspective or through a narrow filter, when local needs and goals are viewed as more important broader objectives and outcomes.
  • Territorialism: Hoarding or micromanaging internal headcount, resources, or decision authority in an effort to maintain control.
  • Empire Building: Attempts to assert control over people, functions, or resources in an effort to regain or enhance self-sufficiency.

These are all major barriers to a business’ success and can be seen in companies with only a few employees.

The author, Tom Rieger, brings a wealth of real world experience, accompanied by significant book knowledge.  He is considered a pioneer in the “study and science of organizational barriers and is an expert in applying behavioral economic principles to help understand how large complex systems self-destruct.”  He has been a consultant to major companies and received a Masters of Science degress in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Rieger’s style is smart and practical. It is useful to a business organization of any size.  Get more information on it here.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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