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The authors have culled their observations from more than 80,000 interviews conducted by Gallup during the past 25 years. Quoting leaders such as basketball coach Phil Jackson, Buckingham and Coffman outline "four keys" to becoming an excellent manager: Finding the right fit for employees, focusing on strengths of employees, defining the right results, and selecting staff for talent--not just knowledge and skills. First, Break All the Rules offers specific techniques for helping people perform better on the job. For instance, the authors show ways to structure a trial period for a new worker and how to create a pay plan that rewards people for their expertise instead of how fast they climb the company ladder. "The point is to focus people toward performance," they write. "The manager is, and should be, totally responsible for this." Written in plain English and well organized, this book tells you exactly how to improve as a supervisor. --Dan Ring
Some talents are hidden, and good managers can recognize and cultivate them in their employees.
This is the best type of strategic reading: A business book that you can immediately apply to your work life!
For this reason I generally recommend reading the follow-on book first if you have the time to read both books.
This is THE book to read if you are a new manager. I was promoted a few months ago at a company I've been with for year and I've been doing a lot of reading. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jen
Brilliant, practical, adaptable advice told in an effective, anecdotal form.Published 12 days ago by Laura L. Delman
I used the questionnaire and methods to understand and find more efficieny in my team of 60 ppl and i see clear improvement in satifaction and performancePublished 12 days ago by G. Chung-chieh
I got this book from a boss who clearly did not follow any of the advice written there. Had he bothered to peek into the introduction section, he would have probably earned respect... Read morePublished 18 days ago by mr z
Good ideas but not workable unless you are the top dog at your location. If you are in a relatively flat organization with a micro managing boss this is impossiblePublished 24 days ago by Steve Saunders
Excellent book and the research is on target. This book is a big help regarding my need to develop a research question for my doctoral research study. Thank you Mr. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Eric