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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Fish Head Publishing (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979585716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979585715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Silicon Valley corporate attorney to mentoring expert and middle leader advocate, Ann Tardy has never met an insignificant leader. Ann specializes in mobilizing leadership, evolving workforces, and mentoring as a best-in-class, strategic advantage. She has sparked mentoring and revitalized leadership in companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric, Kaiser Permanente, and Scotts Miracle Gro. Ann is the author of many books, including Moxie for Managers - The Secret to Evolving from Manager to Leader and Why Mentoring Matters - How Leaders Mobilize Relentless Leadership.
Ann has been scouting the remarkable in people since 1995 when she became an attorney for dot.com entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. There she led over $2 billion of venture-backed financings at two of California's largest law firms before running the legal department of a public company. During this time, Ann also volunteered for five years as the Director of Entrepreneurial Education Program teaching teenagers how to start and run businesses.
Ann passed the CPA exam upon graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law and passed the Bar exams in Illinois and California.

In 2011, Ann cycled from San Francisco to New York City to film a documentary called Work Matters, documenting what people love about their jobs. In 2012, she cycled from Key West to Bar Harbor Maine for her upcoming book, Rousing the Remarkable at Work.

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As a middle management person, your job is to influence intrinsic motivation in a positive way.
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
Ann Tardy discusses how to give flexibility and control to the members of your team which improves morale and overall productivity.
Ali Julia
This book should be required reading for every manager, as well as by anyone who wants to be a manager!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
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This book in a way has some sad truths; the average office is a sea of mediocrity, with people who are passively or actively trying to pull you down. There may be situations and management that are not actively helping you to be successful. This book, Moxie for Manages, gives some basic tenets about people's motivations and examples and ideas to model for success in helping people to do their best even when the situation is not the best.

The tenets really caught my eye, the first one especially. It is:

"We all think the world revolves around us." Oh my goodness, I have to remember that every day when dealing with people. We are the center of our circle, and likewise, the person you are dealing with is the center of THEIR circle, and unless you are a part of their inner circle, you touch them on a tangent point at best. This is very deep advice, and I recommend you ponder on it when you deal with people. You are touching them at one point on their circumference--how are you going to influence them?

The next tenets give you a clue: We are dying to make a difference, we want to be winners, we all want control, we want to feel important, we want respect, admiration and appreciation. These five tenets actually all say the same thing, in a different way; as the center of their circle, people want to be recognized and appreciated. The moxie manager can use that basic principle of human psychology to motive, drive and implement their plan, and so the examples follow to illustrate how that was done in some challenging situations.

This book covers difficulties you, as a manager, especially a new manager, are going to face (what if you are now managing the persons who were rejected for your job?)

This is easy, interesting reading, and I think it would be helpful to anyone in the thankless task of middle management, or anyone taking over a firm who faces deep challenges in becoming successful as a leader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Christensen on September 6, 2011
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Ann Tardy hit home with her pointers to being a better manager! The anecdotes and specific, real life examples of bosses demonstrating effective leadership make this a fantastic book. I especially liked her "asking the second question" section. We've made changes at our business based on some of her suggestions and have had very positive feedback from the rest of the team. Note: I said "team", not "employees".
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By Lois Creamer on November 2, 2013
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This book should be required reading for every manager, as well as by anyone who wants to be a manager! It's filled with common sense advice and strategies to insure success .
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A great read that you can not only consume for development as a leader. It is also one of those toolbox books you can refer back to frequently when encountering a leadership challenge during your day. Go back that evening and refer to your reading to develop and action plan for making your unit or organization more effective. Tools to deal with interpersonal relationships, a demanding boss, and that employee that you would love to get rid, but can't, just yet.
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If you have people in your organization who could benefit from leadership training, then look no further than Moxie For Managers - The Secret To Evolving From Manager to Leader, by Ann Tardy.

I have read many leadership "theory" books, but most of them fall flat when it comes to the "how to" of leadership. What makes Moxie For Managers so different is that this book calls for "action" - and shows the reader the path to influencing and leading others. The author is, and has been, successful in a variety of roles in her career - as an employee, a partner, a motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur - and she writes from the perspectives of each one of these roles. With her experience and expertise in all of these positions, she has created a book that is easy to read and easy to understand - and it doesn't matter if you are a first-time manager or the CEO of a company.

I currently serve as Vice President and Sales Manager in a small business, and in this role I wear many hats. However, my most important responsibility is developing the talent of our entire team - and Moxie For Managers is a perfect blueprint to do just that. Once I realized the positive impact this book could have on our organization after reading it, I created a voluntary "book club" for our management team to meet regularly to discuss this book chapter by chapter. Through reading and dissecting this book, our people have grown from reactive managers to proactive leaders. They are constantly thinking, sharing, and using concepts from the book to improve themselves and become more efficient, effective influencers to those around them.
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By wpowens on June 5, 2012
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This book i got last year before it came out to review. Not very computer savvy at times, so just getting to review it. This book made me think. I am now am using it fro assignments in my MBA program a really good book with enlightening Ideas.
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When I read something and make notations on a lot of pages, that's a good sign that I'm liking it . . . that was certainly the case with MOXIE FOR MANAGERS (Fish Head Publishing) by Ann Tardy--founder and chief catalyst of her own company, LifeMoxie.

The author promises in her subtitle to share THE SECRET TO EVOLVING FROM MANAGER TO LEADER.

She delivers on this promise, too, with page after page of useful tips that can best be summarized by this one:

* If you want to be a moxie manager, your objective must be to make people as successful as possible; not to make yourself, your company, or your shareholders as successful as possible. Just people. When you serve people's success first, your success will be guaranteed and exponential. This is the key to moxie leadership. It is incredibly challenging, but unbelievably fulfilling.

In addition, I liked Tardy's explanation of something called the Second Question:

* As the Second Question. My good friend Cherryll Sevy introduced me to her theory of the "Second Question." Most people ask one question and then hijack the conversation with their own story, similar experience, or commentary. For instance, typical people may ask the standard first question, "What do you do?" When they hear the answer, they instantly jump in with, "That's interesting. I have a friend who does that." Or "I used to do that." Or some comment like, "I bet the market has not been good for you."

The self-confident, self-assured person does not need to entertain, impress, and be interesting. Instead they focus on being interested and connecting with the other person by staying interested in them. People who are committed to connecting always ask a Second Question, such as, "How did you get into that career?
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