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The “Dung Beetle Manager”
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Feb 16, 2010
The “Dung Beetle Manager” by Scott W. Dunlap is a soft-covered book published by Outskirts Press Inc. October 26, 2009.
Dunlap uses the world of dung beetles to entertain readers in a humorous yet articulate manner to describe, metaphorically, the similar behaviour of business management.
The book is aimed at coping strategies in business; in particular for the middle management - “The Workforce.”
"The workforce are those who are forced to eat dung, clean it, step in it, or get it thrown in their faces." The people who drop dung are called “Executives.” The lower or mid management are left to clean up after the executives with pressure from both sides.
Dunlap examines the habits of different dung beetle species, and compares them with the human characteristics of individuals in the corporate world. There is a mix of personal tales from his youth, and reference to his own government and industrial experience throughout his 24-year career in civil service.
This book on business details the many ways to describe excrement – literally. The executives leave excrement - symbolically -for mid management who then must deal with it.
Just as the ever persistent dung beetle; the Dung Beetle Manager must study the rules of dung and become skilled at shovelling themselves out before they get buried; this life skill or management tool can be replicated in a number of circumstances.
Dunlap’s approach is unique with observation that readers can relate to. The dung beetle demonstrates the art of coping or managing the dung. The art of management can be taught; even though the personality traits may make the individual unique the management techniques can be tailored. The art of managing dung…. the beetle demonstrates how to take crap, recognize the various types of crap then make it functional and apply tailored strategies to clean up the mess left behind.
When the Dung Beetle Managers master the rules of dung, and can understand the character of their Dung Beetles then they can take steps to help their team of beetles maintain peak performance.
Even if you aren’t stuck in the middle management corporate world; you may be dealing with the negligence of clients or peers….this book is aimed at managing with others. The chapter on "The Traveling Dung Beetle" is a hysterical account of the author's own experience over years of work related travel; beneath the laughter you will also gain some valuable tips.
“The dung beetle eats and processes dung. The beetle demonstrates how to take crap and make it usable” …the art of business !
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About the author:
Scott W. Dunlap is a native of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. His distinguished 24 year career in civil service resulted in many innovations and improvements in training, education and information technology programs for the U. S. Navy.
He and his wife, Robin, currently live in central Florida.