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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.
Excellent book, with lots of great, interesting, sometimes counter-intuitive business lessons. Keep a notebook handy - you'll find lots of nuggets that make sense of your prior... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tom B.
Somehow, without definition, I had already adopted many of the characteristics of a good manager, as defined in the book. However, I couldn't understand why I was different. Read morePublished 9 days ago by A. Davis