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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1st edition (July 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423601586
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You have now out done yourself. The Better People Leader is your best work yet. You have done a really terrific job with this work. My copy is all ready well marked and annotated. This is good, solid, useful stuff that most people never get. Thanks for the book and the work you are doing. (Jon Wampler, retired CEO Texas Dental Plans 2007-11-02)

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≈If only I could get better people, weˇd be more productive around here.² ≈I shouldnˇt have to hold their hands while they do their job.² ≈If only I wasnˇt burdened by the people I manage.²

Have you ever uttered these words? Have you ever wondered why you canˇt get your people to do what you want them to do? Have you ever felt powerless as a manager? The truth of the matter is, you have all kinds of power to get better people and to get people better. As a coach, you can have incredible talent on your team, but if you donˇt create an environment for success, your team will never be incredible. And without incredible teams, companies donˇt become incredible. They plod along at best, and falter at worst.

Written by founder of The Game of Work consulting company and author of the book The Game of Work Charles A. Coonradt, The Better People Leader holds the key to helping you inspire your team to greatness. This book teaches you to take the proactive and accountable approach to leadership, giving you the power to draw out your employeesˇ strengths, strengthen their weaknesses, and help them improve. As a better people leader, you have the power to coach your employees to greatness, to enable and ennoble them. In return, they will do all that you ask of them and more, and you will see personal, team, and company successes you cannot imagine today.

Charles A. Coonradt, acclaimed author, consultant, and speaker, founded his consulting company in 1973. Based on the phenomenal popularity of Coonradtˇs workshops, he wrote and published The Game of Work book shortly thereafter.

It has been updated and reprinted continuously since then. Coonradt is internationally recognized in the fields of goal setting and profit improvement on five continents and has authored three other management ≈must-reads²: Scorekeeping for Success, Managing the Obvious, and The Four Laws of Debt-Free Prosperity. He is a contributing author to the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as a founding member and frequent lecturer at the School of Entrepreneurship, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management.

Lisa Ann Thomson has dealt with words for more than a decade as a writer, editor, and web content manager. She has written about a wide variety of subjects, from modern business to Mayan archeology and from international travel to local home construction. Working with the web, Lisa has been a product manager, content manager, information architect, and producer. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a full-time writer and consultant.

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Our family law firm hired The Game of Work to coach us.
Mark A. Chinn
It is an easy read and I highly recommend it for anyone in a leadership position.
Dennis J. Bixenman
Great fast read to get you focused back on people, at work and at home.
Melissa Campbell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Bixenman on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Charles Coonradt hit a home run with The Better People Leader. It is an easy read and I highly recommend it for anyone in a leadership position. I coach and teach leaders on a regular basis. Chuck's book addresses the "soft skills" of leadership. It intorduces the fundamentals so often overlooked...any leader who will practice these fundamentals will become a dynamic, influential leader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff D. Hendler on October 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book combines the many principles of leading people into one document. If you are a manager, parent, volunteer, member of a group, or just want to better understand the how's and why's of dealing with people, then you must read this book. Every person and organization will benefit from the concepts shared within these pages. I teach management throughout the world, and management begins with understanding people. My hat is tipped to author Chuck Coonradt - he hit the home run!
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By Mark A. Chinn on October 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our family law firm hired The Game of Work to coach us. In one poignant session, I was asked, as the owner, what was my most important and expensive resource in delivering our legal product. It hit me like a brick: my people. I then realized that I probably spent less time mentoring my people than on any of my other responsibilities in practicing law and managing my firm. The Better People Leader drives this point home for any manager who reads the book. The book is a quick and easy read and it finishes with a universally inspiring message and challenge to become not just a better coach, but to become a mentor who changes the lives of the people around you. When you think of the truly great people in your own life, you can get excited that maybe you could become someone like that to not only your employees, but to anyone you meet.

Mark A. Chinn, J.D., Owner, Chinn & Associates, PLLC, Jackson, Mississippi
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Well Coonradt has done it again! His ability to refocus the attention of leaders who are much to busy is truly a gift. The simplicity of the "Better People Leader" should be ingrained in every executive, yet we find ourselves distracted from the most important issue in business, "Our people".......

Having read some of his other books, (Game of Work, Managing the Obvious), Mr. Coonradt once again reminds us that we can never become to busy to develop our people. Nothing can be more important, and as usual his in your face accountability forces you to really evaluate your self and business. The practical "Player Development" sheets quickly have you back into coaching people. I'm a bit surprised he did not title the book, "It's the People Stupid!

Great fast read to get you focused back on people, at work and at home.

Ted Elliott

President and C.E.O.

Coverall Cleaning Concepts
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People -- not only the ones who help us build our business but those who buy our products / services . . . NOTHING is more important! As managers, we have to surround ourselves with people smarter than we are. In "The Better People Leader," Chuck Coonradt details the necessity of finding, nurturing, coaching, praising and keeping your most important asset -- people. His coaching techniques center around his 12 "Attributes of Better People Leader." This a MUST read!

If you can't, or do not want to follow the principles outlined in Chuck's newest treatise on over-the-top business performance, then you will not have fun and perform at the highest level as a boss!

Gary Birdsall (Salt Lake City, UT) -- former colleague of Chuck Coonradt and a continuing fan of Urban Meyer.
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This book works just as well for charitable organization leaders as it does for corporations. As a board chairman, I find the techniques Chuck suggests have helped a great deal in motivating my board members. Whenever they find a donor, think of a new public relations idea, or lead a committee well, sending them a note of thanks and praise has built our board into a cohesive group with a goal. Our board attendance has doubled
since I caught each member doing something great and let them know it. These are volunteers with busy lives, and Chuck has shown the way to focus them and galvanize them. It's a short, easy read. If you are a leader of any kind of group, read it!

Terrell Dougan
Chairman, Advisory Board
Red Butte Garden
Salt Lake City, Utah
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