‘…a stimulating new book…' (BNET.co.uk, May 2010) “This book equips readers with a framework to start getting better at making smarter choices as to how they organise and manage." (Director, March 2010). “…a thoughtful, practical and readable tour that encourages the reader to reflect on the prosaic role of sleeves-rolled-up management" (Management Today, March 2010). ‘…issues both a practical outline of novel management approaches…and a rallying cry: Put leadership and management back on equal footing.' (Harvard Business Review, July/August 2010). ‘He discusses important issues and provides invaluable insights and suggestions that can help to develop a distinctive management model'. (Professional Manager, September 2010) ‘…this book is a major contribution to efforts at re-igniting the debate on the way we do things at work.' (People Management, September 2010). ‘This is an excellent, absorbing and thought provoking book. A must read'. (Edge, September 2010).
From the Inside Flap
- argues that we need to recapture the essence of management: we need to start making smarter choices in how we get work done through other people. Management is a central driver of economic activity, and arguably even more important in today's economic climate than ever.
- develops the concept of a firm's Management Model: the deliberate choices made by top executives on four key dimensions: how they set objectives, motivate people, coordinate activities and make decisions. Too often companies subconsciously adopt the same Management Model as their competitors. But when developed carefully, a Management Model can become one of your key drivers of competitive advantage.
- helps you to make smarter choices in each of the four key dimensions of management. A traditional, hierarchical approach to decision making has its limitations, but so does tapping into the collective wisdom of your employees. The book explores the pros and cons of each set of choices, to help you develop a distinctive Management Model that can be become the basis for your firm's long-term success.