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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609945735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609945732
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is probably the most fun you will ever have reading a business book. Devora Zack demonstrates how a couple of simple shifts in thinking and technique can completely transform how you manage and, in turn, how you feel about managing. If you think of leadership as a daily grind, you really need to read this delightful book.”
—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

Devora Zack consults to dozens of diverse organizations in private industry, federal agencies, and the public sector. Sample clients include: U.S. Office of Personnel Management, IMF, DC United, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Governor's Office (MD), Internal Revenue Service, FEMA, ICF Consulting, Dept. of Homeland Security, Low Income Housing Fund, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, numerous Federations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

More About the Author

Hi! I know you'll love my books because they're practical and fun - as perfect a combo as peanut butter and chocolate. I'm a leadership consultant w/an MBA (Cornell) and BA (Penn). I have 100+ well-known clients and speak internationally at dozens of events annually. Learn more at www.onlyconnectconsulting.com.

My newest book is Managing for People Who Hate Managing. If you manage other people - formally or informally - and it drives you nuts, this book is for you! It is chockfull of useful, customized tips to match your own fabulous personality. The book kicks off with a brand 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 learning how to 'flex your style' to best motivate and inspire others.

My first book, Networking for People Who Hate Networking, 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.

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This is a business book with a message that works for everyday life encounters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. OConner VINE VOICE on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Honestly Managing for People Who Hate Managing (by Devora Zack) started off with a bit of a quirky feel that I had a hard time getting used to. I wasn't expecting a comfortable, humorous, and engaging approach; I was expecting more of the "I'm a hard core business professional - emulate me" approach that's so often the case with professional development titles. However, about 20 pages in, I was able to relax and let the material sink in. Once I got used to the informal and somewhat "in your face" style of presentation, I found the text to be extremely conversational and enlightening.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judith Zelman on September 5, 2012
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"But I liked my real job!" - the title of one of the chapters...says out loud what many of us feel. We may have thought we wanted to be promoted, but once we get there we realize how hard it can be and suddenly we miss doing what we used to do. This book shares ideas about how to handle these new responsibilities and feel progress rather than frustration. And it made me laugh a lot along the way. Zack writes with a style that shows she understands your pain. After reading books by authors who claim to be experts (and feel egotistical and unrealistic) it is refreshing to read an author who relates and encourages while making us smile along the way. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By portia on October 17, 2012
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I can't say I was exactly looking forward to reading a book on management, but no less than a couple of pages into the book I was completely engaged. Devora Zack has a distinct writing style that entertains and makes you laugh while disseminating practical and useful information. She provides wonderful tools for problem solving. I found myself wondering if she has been secretly hanging out in my office, as she described common relevant workplace challenges with fresh perspectives on the situation. I think if more companies can share this awesome resource with their managers we'll have more productive and satisfied work environments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Kaye on September 7, 2012
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I absolutely love the way Devora writes! I now understand what it really feels like to LOL! What a nice way to read a book on management. And - if you've had your fill, don't quit just yet. Devora truly gets the meaning of the word and tells you how to handle this (weight on your shoulders) with aplumb. I think her humor is wonderful - and her insights, stories, examples and (yes, even) puns are delightful.

A truly engaging way to learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melrizzuto on May 4, 2013
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This book offers great tips for a thinker like me. The author's casual writing style helped me appreciate the message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Greenwood on March 19, 2013
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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. key takeaway is how to sustain being a great manager, and each employee has to be treated differently to bring the most performance out of them. At the end of the book, managing is demystified, and rewarding. Bought her networking book, and listened to her webinar, can't help but enjoying her charming insight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 30, 2013
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Overall informative, fun examples, and easy to read, and short book, not your usual boring management, easy to travel with and read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Him Danno on November 24, 2012
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This is a fast, quick, little book to read. I found it funny and quirky. Many of the things it said made me think about the times I have had to manage people and how much I hated it. I found managing others to be uncomfortable and stressful. This book cleared a few things up and let me know that the kind of management I was doing was not really working for me or for those I managed.

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.
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