Is anyone familar with the book " Hands-Off Manager: How to Mentor People and Allow Them to be Successful" who could comment on its value?

This was mentioned positively in a speech at a recent leadership conference that I attended, but my inital reaction was a bit negative. First, it seemed the title espoused a laise-faire approach. Then as the book was described, I took away that "you shouldn't criticize employees." This is certainly something I agree with in principle, but it sounds more like rehashed, failed childrearing philosophy from the 60s which lead to a spoiled and undiciplined generation of adults. While "criticism" is certainly a negative the way I would define it, managerial feedback is certainly not, nor would a good manager take a hands off approach to performance improvement. But admittedly, I haven't read the book.

I'd be interested in hearing a review from a manager-tools type manager on this book since my first impression was to leave it off my reading list despite it's recommendation from a respected leader.