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Product Details

  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Personnell Decisions; 7 edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972577025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972577021
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The information is very practical, easy to read, and has great tips.
Amy Kraal
What it does have is practical advice with tools, checklists and "tips for coaches" in every chapter.
T. C. Floyd
I bought it on the recommendation of my manager who is on his third copy of the book.
Dave Fisher

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Jayakumar on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, as the name indicates, this book is a handbook. Merriam Webster defines a handbook as "a concise reference book; manual"

For a manual, I have to give this book high marks - it covers a whole gamut of topics / competencies - enough to assist those who consciously want to improve their professional and leadership skills. The language is easy to understand. The only prerequisite is to be in a work-place for a few years so as to appreciate each competency.

Pros:
(1) Compendium of competencies. Most likely, nothing has been missed!
(2) A person who is keen on gaining skill in a particular competency such as "Manage Change" or "Establish Trust" can quickly gather insights into what behaviors and skills he/she must practice or develop.
(3) Easy to understand.

Cons:
(1) No pictures or maps or schematics shown.
(2) No case studies or examples presented.
(3) Not concise. For example, there are 28 chapters in the seventh edition (2004). At a high level, one should be able to identify less than ten key competencies, with each having additional sub-topics. For example, it is easier on the reader to have one chapter on "Foster open Communication" with sub sections of "Write effectively", "Listen attentively", "speak with Impact", etc. rather than have a chapter each. A person solely relying on this book will have difficulty summarizing key leadership qualities. (Imagine organizing 28 chapters in the mind!).
(4) Systematic methodology for skill development not presented.

All this makes for dry reading. But then, if you look upon this book as a reference manual and not as a textbook, you might develop some compassion for the authors!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JagV VINE VOICE on January 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
The content of the book is excellent. The authors have created a compendium of the knowledge and behaviors needed for a manager to be successful. One would be hard-pressed to find this much of content in one volume, at the price this book is sold at.

The bad news is that all of the content is in endless streams of paragraphs or bullet points. The total absence of a change in pace (no anecdotes, case studies, sidebars, pictures) makes this a very dry read. The book could be significantly enlivened by the addition of more diagrams that visually illustrate the principles being described.

To make the best use of this material, learn to Mind Map (see Buzan's The Mind Mapping book). As you read through the material, distill the content into mind maps. Continually refer to those mind maps as you practice the behaviors suggested by the authors.

In summary, the content is first-rate, the presentation is lacking.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Now in an updated seventh edition, Successful Manager's Handbook is an in-depth, one-stop compendium packed with everything a manager absolutely must know. Written and compiled by Personnel Decisions International, a global human resources consulting firm specializing in building leadership talent, Successful Manager's Handbook is filled cover to cover with expert advice, from how to analyze issues and make sound, logical decisions to postively influencing others, fostering open communication, listen and write effectively, lead with courage, build trust, and much more. Point-by-point suggestions applicable to leaders of any scope in any field break down the most crucial concepts into easily accessible guidelines, and extensive lists of top-quality books and seminars offer further resources to pursue for tips, tricks, and techniques. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teagan Blue on September 15, 2005
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This book is the most practical book on the topic of employment that I have seen. It is helpful for first level and intermediate level management because it is simply written and covers practical topics. It is also a great resource for new college graduates or anyone new to the workplace. Use it to learn what your manager might be expecting of you. Topics include strategic thinking, change management, technology, customer service, leadership, human resources and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Floyd on August 20, 2009
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As a leadership consultant, I find this book priceless. Unlike many "leadership" books, this does not have any cute stories about cheese or whales. What it does have is practical advice with tools, checklists and "tips for coaches" in every chapter. I teach a 12 month leadership program for high potential leaders at my company. Over the past five years I have given only one book to my 100+ graduates... "Successful Manager's Handbook".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
While no manager should be just handed a book then told to be a manager, this book does provide insight into almost any kind of managerial situation. It begins with the basics, analyzing problems and making sound decisions. It then moves on to cover communications (written, spoken, and listened), relationship building, conflict resolution, and so forth. Every chapter is relevant to real life situations managers of any kind will eventually face in the workplace.

Since managers are in the position between line supervisors and department directors, they play a key role in shaping strategy, implementing policy, and providing guideance to staff. All mangers should have basic skills prior to their appointment, but a book like this will help fine tune those skills. The format is more than just pages of text on how to do things right. It acknowledges the vastness of managing people and the complexity of some situations. There is no textbook response to any given situation, but a book like this can help managers give situations perspective.

This book is highly recommended. No manager should be so arrogant as to think they have all the answers all of the time. Taking the time to read this book then refer back to it often will help any manager be that successful manager the book's title speaks of.
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