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About the Author

Greg Blencoe is the author of THE SUPERMANAGER. He is the former CEO of the alternative energy start-up company Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc. and graduated with high honors from the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Business in 1996.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460980328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460980323
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,545,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Blencoe is the author of THE SUPERMANAGER. He is the former CEO of the alternative energy start-up company Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc. and graduated with high honors from the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Business in 1996.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TNaseer on May 7, 2012
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When it comes to communicating your message, storytelling is one of the most effective vessels you can use to impart your ideas to your audience. It's no doubt for this reason why Greg Blencoe uses the story of a new manager seeking the mentorship of a seasoned leader to understand what it takes to successfully lead those under your care.

Although the points are straight-forward, Greg's use of imparting them within a story framework helps to illustrate their use and importance to ensuring your team achieves the goals you set out for them to attain. The fact that the book is a quick read also helps in making this book a useful tool to remind both new and seasoned leaders of what it takes to help your team get on board and succeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Cogdill on June 14, 2012
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I was a little apprehensive when I first purchased this book, but it turned out to be one of the better books on management that I have seen in a long time. This is a great book for new managers that do not want to spend a lot of time reading very boring books on the theory of management. Greg provides seven principles that every successful manager needs to master. He presents them in a very entertaining story that can be read in one sitting. Pick this book up and I promise you are likely to finish it before ever setting it down. It is a very practical guide for managers. I highly recommend it.
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Mentoring allegories have long been a favorite of mine. I believe writers are able to convey great points using this technique and make a story interesting, even if not always totally believable. I also believe some of the great lessons of the power of mentoring have been displayed through allegories in recent years. Patrick Lencioni's famed Death By Meeting taught us how to make meetings more productive and enjoyable. Sprout! Everything I Need to Know About Sales I Learned From My Garden, gave a simple and logical approach to sales to thousands who struggled with their career choice. Jon Gordon has made a career out of writing some great business allegories such as Soup and The Seed. Then there is one of my all-time favorite books by Andy Andrews, The Noticer, which puts everything in our lives into the right perspective.

THE SUPERMANAGER by Greg Blencoe is one of the latest of business allegories which focuses on team building and first time leadership roles. In this book, Andrew Hernandez reflects back on the lessons his mentor, Leon Cook had taught him years earlier that helped him build a successful career in management. At the age of 22, fresh out of college, Andrew found himself thrown into a management role with no idea how to build and maintain a successful team. A chance meeting with a successful restaurant owner would be a turning point in Andrew's career and life. Andrew reaches out to the restaurant owner for guidance and Leon Cook is happy to mentor the young manager. The story takes us through the seven management lessons Leon lived by.

This is a diminutive book of under 100 pages and is a quick read. I read it during a 2 hour flight. That is my only knock on this book.
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The Supermanager: A short story about the secrets of an extremely successful manager
By Greg Blencoe
Copyright 2011 Greg Blencoe
Price $2.99 Kindle Edition
97 pages
I love books that make sense. I like books that get to the point, that capture the very essence of the message that they want to deliver. Greg Blencoe's book does exactly that. If you want to know how to be a great manager in about an hour then you have to read this book. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that this book oversimplifies the process of becoming a great manager, no not at all, but what I am saying is that everything you need to know about becoming a great manager is right here in this short book.
The book contains seven principles for what it takes to be a great manager and if you learn and practice these principles on a regular basis, you can't miss; you will become a great manager.
The first chapter titled "Surround yourself with High-Quality employees contains a slogan/axiom that is so powerful that I've already stolen it and used in in one of my columns, that advice is "hire for attitude and train for skill" this is probably the most important thing in the book. You have to understand that skills than be taught while attitude, well that's just there. You either have it or you don't.
The next six chapters cover each one of the other principles you need to be a great manager from training to communication, to leading by example, to listening to your employees to praising and finally to understanding that every employee is different and has to be managed as such.
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Oh, if only there were more managers that read and practiced the concepts in this book! In Supermanager, author Greg Blencoe sticks to the fundamentals of sound management. It's unfortunate that more managers don't stick to them.

The book is written in short story form. A young, entry level manager quickly becomes overwhelmed in his new position. At lunch he encounters a successful fast food restaurant manager and is smart enough to reach out to him for advice. Over the next week or so, the fast food manager takes the young man through a series of lessons corresponding to the seven principles below:

-Surround yourself with high quality employees
-Train employees well
-Communicate the end result your want, then empower employees to achieve it
-Lead by example
-Listen to employees
-Praise good work
-Manager each employee differently

Stories are great learning tools. Wrapping the 7 principles around a story allows the author to easily support the principles with practical examples, and it makes for a more engaging and memorable read.

Supermanager can be read in under an hour, but it's probably best if read in small chunks (a chapter a day), so the concepts can be fully absorbed and the reader can learn at the same pace as the character in the book.

Once the principles are learned and put in practice, this is a book that managers should return to frequently to ensure they remain on the right track.

Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down"
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