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Managing for People Who Hate Managing: Be a Success By Being Yourself Paperback – August 27, 2012
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—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow
“In her one-of-a-kind style Devora Zack offers up a wonderfully original look at what it takes to manage others when it’s not necessarily one's lifelong ambition. Her irreverent humor and splashes of witty commentary ensure you actually remember the very serious, insightful advice you’ve read.“
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge
“There are plenty of management books out there, yet none as smart, funny, and effective as this one.”
—Michael Depatie, CEO, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
“Like the author, this book has bounce and sass, plus great ideas and examples. If you want to retain your talented employees, read this book—cover to cover!”
—Beverly Kaye, coauthor of Love ’Em or Lose ’Em and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
“This witty, insightful, immediately applicable, and action-oriented guide teach- es people managing can be fun, meaningful, easier, and more peaceful.”
—David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
“Zack’s sparkling personality bursts from the pages to guide readers in a delight- ful and entertaining way.”
—Amy Lemon, Acting Coordinator, Volunteer Management, Smithsonian Institution
“Zack’s insight and her engaging writing style make this book easy to read and fun to apply in your business and personal life.”
—Hector Vargas, Managing Director, Training Solution, Mexico and Central America
“Why do so many managers hate managing? Devora Zack tackles that ques- tion head-on in a book that should be on every manager’s reading list. Zack identifies skills and techniques that will help you manage authentically—and effectively.”
—Tony Bingham, President and CEO, American Society for Training and Development
“Management is as much an art as it is a science. Zack provides insights on the importance of both and practical advice on how to improve performance.”
—Jerome E. Hass, Professor Emeritus of Finance and Business Strategy, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
“This book is a life-saver for any managers who woke up one day to discover they’re suddenly in charge.”
—Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President and Group Managing Director, Time Warner Investments
About the Author
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My newest book is Singletasking: Get More Done One Thing at a Time. Revitalize your focus, relationships, and productivity by learning how to live in a 'flow' state. Go ahead, toss 'multitasking' out the window! Singletasking has been called 'life changing,' 'the most important book you'll read,' and 'a breath of fresh air.'
My 2012 release is 'Managing for People Who Hate Managing,' and if you work or live with people who see the world through a different lens, this book is for you! It is chockfull of useful, customized tips suited to match your own fabulous personality. The book kicks off with an enlightening new personality assessment and offers a plethora of field-tested techniques to catapult you into a whole new realm of success and satisfaction. You'll learn how to maximize your natural strengths while also 'flexing your style' to best motivate and inspire others.
My first book, Networking for People Who Hate Networking (2010), is for people who have always hated networking and think they stink at it...foolishly following techniques that drain rather than energize them. Do you believe your natural traits can be your best strengths, networking is about meaningful connections, and cocktail parties can be a blast? Believe it! I've heard from hundreds of readers around the world sharing fantastic examples of how this book has helped them not only build meaningful, lasting connections, but - more importantly - enabled them to understand and accept themselves in a new way.
Can't wait to hear your stories.
Top Customer Reviews
I think it's important to note that from a management perspective there is often this focus on professionalism and over-academic communication (you know rigidity, lack of human emotion, and the separation of work from one's personality). The book ultimately bumps into the edges of that approach - which I think is excellent. In my opinion, management is about dealing with and communicating with people rather than actually "managing" them ("managing" sounds way too much like directing the incompetent which is often not the case).
The major theme within the book is the use of the "Thinker"/"Feeler" paradigm without highlighting one mental process as supreme. "Thinkers" and "feelers" of course being two of the major categories which Zack uses to show that management is not one size fits all and that we must recognize individual styles in our approach to people. "Thinkers" are the introverted analytical types among us, while "feelers" tend to be the more extraverted and emotional folks. It's refreshing to see a management text not engage in dichotomies but to highlight the fact that all behavior exists on a gradient and no one is absolute.Read more ›
A truly engaging way to learn.
If you are managing others or will be in the future, this is a great book to get your hands on and read. You will find out what kind of manager you are and how to best make the best manager out of who you are deep down inside.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I still have yet to delve as deeply as I would like into this book, however- as a product, everything is great. no tears, scratches, marks etcPublished 23 months ago by jared joyce
Really personable and funny writer with some nice tips about being a self-reflective and flexible manager. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by K. Shanks
Some people may find this style of writing entertaining, but for me it lacked seriousness, and, unfortunately, distracted from the message. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Aryatara
This book offers great tips for a thinker like me. The author's casual writing style helped me appreciate the message.Published on May 4, 2013 by melrizzuto
This simple book teach differenct management skills to adopt depending on whether you are a thinker or Feeler. There are some orther useful tips as well. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by YK Yong
It helps if you have familiarized yourself with some of the Meyers Briggs personality traits, as Ms. Zack refers to the Thinking vs. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Mystery Reader
Engaging author who uses humor and realistic examples on how best to manage. She alludes to the fact there is no mystical art to becoming an effective mgr. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by D. Greenwood
nothing earth shattering here. more common sense than anything else. there were a couple of good team exercises that I'll try using in the future.Published on March 7, 2013 by Rog