William J. Altier believes that many companies fail because their leaders don't know how to think objectively. The Thinking Manager's Toolbox is Altier's front-office prescription for right thinking. He writes, "In medicine, in flying, in golf, it's the knowledge of the processes involved and the skill and experience built up by continually using them that separates the leaders from the also-rans. The same is true in business, in government, in teaching, in every profession." The book is a manual for developing a set of "thinking tools" for making choices, defining steps, timing decisions, preventing errors, and finding the root causes of unexpected change. Say you're a manager of a plant under expansion--Altier shows ways to uncover potential problems and nip them before they develop. He loads the book with written exercises, advice for teams, and step-by-step examples for planning. The Thinking Manager's Toolbox is sometimes highly technical, but provides key advice for managers looking to make the right decisions. --Dan Ring
"Important, useful, and practical advice for more effective problem solving and decision making are integrated with in a more comprehensive view of management."--Chris Argyris, Harvard Business School, and author of Knowledge for Action and Organizational Learning II
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"Whether you are a project engineer solving problems, a business person making decisions or a CEO planning for the future, there is a thinking process tool to help you do it better. Bill Altier's 'Toolbox" is a potential competitive advantage--use it before your competitors do."--Nance K. Dicciani, Senior Vice President, Rohm and Hass Company
"The Thinking Manager's Toolbox offers a clear and concise guide to improving one's decision making and problem solving skills. Having used these techniques with excellent results, I highly recommend this work."--John K. Herdklotz, former president of Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.