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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425194949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425194942
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Funny, wise and well-written... readers will learn to lead smarter, manage faster, delegate better, and turn vision into value. -- Lewis S. Ranieri, Chairman, Hyperion Partners, Former Vice Chairman, Salomon Brothers

Smart, funny and relevant... will help you be a better manager, run a more effective company, and make more money. -- Julie Stav, Author of GET YOUR SHARE and FUND YOUR FUTURE

TONY SOPRANO ON MANAGEMENT is really a great business education. -- Tim Zagat

About the Author

Anthony Schneider is a nationally recognized marketing consultant and leadership coach. He is the founder and CEO of Web Zeit, an Internet strategy firm in New York City whose clients include Pfizer, J.P. Morgan Chase, Dell and HarperCollins. His interests include waste management, Newark real estate, and cooking pasta.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carl Linden on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Schneider has mined nuggets of management wisdom from the first four seasons of Sopranos episodes, and he cleverly uses quotes, anecdotes, and vignettes from the show to illustrate his lessons about management skills such as delegating, negotiating, and giving praise.

Tony Soprano on Management has additional attractions, if you're not a Sopranos fan. The book includes an excellent chapter offering advice on how to manage up (that is, how to influence people in management positions above you). There are also plenty of case studies and traditional advice on good management practices, along with worksheets to help readers identify their hot buttons or concerns and plan future corrective actions.

Kathy Graden

Society for Technical Communication

November, 2004
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Pursglove on November 30, 2007
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I found "Tony Soprano on Management" by Anthony Schneider to be a well written, coherent discussion of leadership rules in which every manager should follow. He covers every aspect of leadership from knowing yourself to dealing with poor performance. Several of the essential theories of leadership discussed in this text include seeing your vision, making decisions, resolving conflict, delegating, fueling energy, negotiating, and building the right team. In every chapter, Schneider uses the Tony Soprano approach as a guideline for the rules of management. For instance, knowing yourself is the first rule of leadership presented by Schneider. He introduces this rule by explaining that the beginning of The Sopranos pilot, Tony Soprano is in the waiting room of his therapist, Dr. Melfi. Schneider states, "what is more symbolic of a man on a quest of self-knowledge than standing in the waiting room before his first meeting with a therapist?" Several lines later, Schneider is able to relate Tony Soprano's therapist visits to rules of leadership. "Knowing yourself and understanding your tendencies as a person and leader are keys to becoming a better person and a more effective leader." Throughout this entire book, Schneider backs up every argument on leadership style with an example from The Sopranos.

In addition to the valuable contents of the book, the set up of each chapter is useful for leaders working to improve their skills. Each chapter breaks down the aspects of leadership into segments. For instance, the chapter on praise and feedback examines how to determine when praise is due, rapidly responding to praiseworthy performance, praising in public and reprimanding in private, and the effects of annual performance evaluations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Dunn on August 15, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book about leadership. The comparison to Tony Soprano's management and leadership ability makes it worth reading and it is not boring.

I had some leadership classes and the fundamentals are there, the style is authentic...Tony Soprano makes leadership more interesting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2004
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I bought this book because I read articles the author wrote (on related subjects) in US News and the Toronto Globe & Mail. Like the articles, the book cuts through the crap and delivers the goods, while being fun to read. I'm using this book to help develop my team skills at work, communicate better and it's helped me in two negotiations so far. Tony Soprano may not be the nicest guy around, but I gotta say, he's a great management coach.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2004
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Once a concept takes off, others jump on the bandstand. The idea of using fictional characters to give leadership advice is not new. This author tries to use the actions of mob boss Tony Soprano to teach management. Unfortunately he falls very short. His examples ring stale and reworked. As a management practioner, there is no way I'd use what he has to say. He misses the mark by a mile. Save your time and money. It has already been done much better.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2004
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Anthony Schneider has given the world a new and important way to approach leadership. This book has everything, insight, humor, a deft eye toward pop culture and the wisdom it can lend, but most of all, the book keeps us reading and keeps us laughing, all due to Schneider's skill as a writer. This book is a must.
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By Jimmy B on December 15, 2013
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Very well written and theories seem to hold true. It amazes me how true to life this book is. Everyone should read it.
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By Samer Mahdi on November 28, 2013
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That's tonyy, you learn from the corporate governance of the underworld and organized crime leader, not anyone it's Tony.. In..out.., get it done, that is how a business should be run
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More About the Author

Anthony Schneider is the author of Tony Soprano on Management and the novel A Quiet Kind of Courage. Tony Soprano on Management was a business bestseller and has been published in five languages.

Nadine Gordimer on A Quiet Kind of Courage: "A depth, a synthesis of human contentions, intellect, emotions, self-searching, fully realized... A work of the meaning of exile."

Anthony has been published in McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, Conjunctions, Sunday Times (South Africa), Globe & Mail (Canada), Details, US News & World Report, The Believer and others.

Find out more here: anthonyschneider.com


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