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The Truth About Managing People (3rd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen P. Robbins
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Book Description

In the Third Edition of the bestselling book, The Truth About Managing People, bestselling author Stephen Robbins shares even more proven principles for handling virtually every management challenge.  Robbins delivers 61 real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. Readers will learn how to overcome the true obstacles to teamwork; why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little; how to improve your hiring and employee evaluations; how to heal "layoff survivor sickness"; how to manage a diverse culture; and ways to lead effectively in a digital world. New truths include: how to nurture friendly employees, forget about age stereotypes, first impressions count, be a good citizen, techniques for managing a diverse age group, and ethical leadership among others.

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Praise for the Previous Edition
“Stephen Robbins translates what researchers currently know about managing people into clear and useful prescriptions…. It should be the benchmark  for anyone seeking advice on how to manage people.”
—THOMAS C. CUMMINGS, Professor and Chair, Department of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, USC

“What a service! Stephen Robbins lays out the rock-solid foundation for managing people: those central truths that are consistently  supported by research. Ignore them at your peril!”
—KENNETH W. THOMAS, Professor Emeritus of Management, Naval Postgraduate School

Succeed brilliantly as a leader and overcome  the “killer” problems faced by every manager!
•    The truth about leading diverse and global workforces  in a digital world
•    The truth about hiring, motivation, evaluations, and  team development
•    The truth about managing change and getting corporate  culture right

Simply the best thinking

This book reveals 59 PROVEN MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES and bite-size, easy-to-use techniques that work.

About the Author

Stephen P. Robbins, Ph.D., professor emeritus of management at  San Diego State University, is the world’s best-selling author of  textbooks in management and organizational behavior. His books  are used at more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities and have been translated into 19 languages. Robbins has served in management roles for Shell Oil and Reynolds Metals. A member of the USA Masters’ Track and Field Hall of Fame, he has won 11 individual world sprint titles and set numerous American and world age-group records.

Product Details

  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0133090442
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 3 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NW9NTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Managing People January 3, 2013
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"The Truth About Managing People" by Stephen Robbins is a great read for anyone wanting to either improve their management skills in a current position (work, home, community, etc.) or thinking about moving into a management position. The book is around 230 pages, contains 59 chapters that are 1-3 pages each, and addresses topics such as:

1. Hiring responsible people.
2. Reasons why people are not motivated at work today.
3. Managing people older than you.
4. Leadership myths.
5. Listening (not just hearing) when people speak to you.
6. Being politically adept (not necessarily being a bootlicker, but knowing how to negotiate around the company's political environment).
7. Adjusting your leadership style when the situation calls for it.
8. Listening to the corporate grapevine and what you can do to reduce negative rumors.
9. Being silent (we all could stand to be less vocal at times!).
10. Being careful of groupthink (not speaking up for fear of not fitting into the group).

The book is an easy and informative read. During my career I have had good and bad managers and think that each one of them would benefit from this book (some more than others!). Having been in the corporate world, I have seen both the good and bad of people working (and not working)together. Since I had management positions in the military and civilian worlds, I can appreciate the challenges managers face.

"The Truth About Managing People" is a good read for anyone wanting to either learn more about what managers face or looking to become a manager.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth and Wisdom May 16, 2013
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As one mature in corporate life in terms of responsibility and accountability, there are many things you come to realize as beyond your control.
Every corporation has a different culture and it is mostly determined by the top management. When the employees are conditioned to behave a certain way to meet the expectations of their managers, old habits die hard.
The author gave some really insightful observations on managing people, however, to a large extend, you need wisdom to exercise what he's shared.
No matter how much you agree with the author, when the time comes for you to encounter the same scenario, most certainly you will react differently because of your experience, education, background, EQ, etc.
I recommend this book not as a "Idiot Guide to Managing People", but as some wisdom you can read and think about how you will react in similar situations with your corporate culture taken into consideration.

Good luck managers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Management for the Masses May 15, 2013
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While I believe there is valid criticism from career management professionals, I think even someone with many years of experience can still benefit. Most managers experience the situations covered, that is a given, and are well versed in what is being described but even an excellent manager will have areas that they do not address very often.

The book has a lot of potential for non-career managers. Employees are thrust into supervisory positions with little to no training in how to actually manage other people. Even if the training is ostensibly thorough it can't compare to long term and in depth study or time on job. But this book could take a person like that and give them the foundation for being a manager that people will work for.

It also strikes me that this book is not just for managers or aspiring managers. It is a great handbook for someone that wants to be not just a good employee but a great employee. Someone that will be recognized for excellence and be given opportunities to move up or stolen away from a company that doesn't recognize the potential you display by following the tenets in this book from the employee side of things.

For example, the very first rule about first impressions is an insight into how powerful it is to make a good impression because it will create a favorable environment for *you*. More than that, making a good first impression is not perceived as an action as opposed to, say, explaining why you are peachy for this promotion in a sit down with a potential new boss you've never met in a different office. Unlike a book on landing a job that tells you how important this issue is, here is a book from the perspective of the other side of the desk about how powerful it is on the interviewer themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New stuff? April 24, 2013
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Easy reading. Some decent material. Would have been a better presentation with highlighted topics and underlined points. Pretty much skimmed material and got same message. Still not a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice April 20, 2013
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Tis book gives good advice on being a manager. It cover everything from hiring, motivating,and leadership. The book is broken down into 59 truths. Very well organized and a good buy for managers. Managers also have to be good at time management Kill the Time Bandits
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of it seemed retreads February 3, 2013
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I really had to think about what to rate "The Truth About Managing People". This is for the 3rd edition. Admittedly, I have never read the 1st or 2nd editions although I feel like I have whenever I have gone to any seminar or read any book on managing or motivating people.

A lot of it felt like retreads of old ideas and debunking myths that have been debunked so many times over.

Not that the book doesn't have value and that's where I got stuck on my rating. Even though it feels very much like "I've read this all before", it is simply presented with not a lot of fuss which many may like. As the blurb on the cover says, "Cuts through the jargon to provide practical solutions."

I'm not so sure on the practical solutions or if they were just suggestions but it definitely cut through jargon.

I gave the book to one of my bosses to read to get a second opinion and after a day, he pretty much said the same thing as I was thinking except added that it'd be a decent "nice to have" if the price wasn't as high as it is. He considered the price as too high.

After some thought, I have to go with a 3-star of "Its OK". It does have value for someone who wants a quick reference of a collection of 'truths' with the caveat that the price is a bit steep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good, to the point
a very good, to the point, summary; gives you overview and makes you think. Then you can research something specific if you want more details.
Published 1 month ago by Irina V Shevlyukevich
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for me
Nothing to say, perfect for me!!
Published 2 months ago by Javier
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read with useful referenced content
Useful content, in an easily digestible format. I had come across many of the points raised in this book previously, but it was good to have references to back up some of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gianouts
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
as it's title says, cuts through the jargon to provide practical solutions. It might get a little short though, but for a quick read it's a great book.
Published 8 months ago by Ulises Bocchio
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious Read, Same Old Information
This book is nothing new. It's the same old tired information on how to manage people that you can read in any number of other books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Randy Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
great book. very insightful. I would recommend it to new managers and old ones. it has something for everyone in business.
Published 14 months ago by business reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for supervisors, managers and others in leadership roles
Stephen P Robbins lays it all out in this latest version of his book The Truth About Managing People. He provides a blueprint that, if followed, can pull you out of many a bind. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tania A. Ruiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I would recommenced this book, it offers some helpful tips that are useful managing people. It is a easy read
Published 16 months ago by Cheated in AZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I have been a manager for over 15 years now. I am always looking to improve my management skills and be the best I can be. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. J Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars good insight
I think this provided good insight into the psyche of others. Helpful in knowing how to deal with all types of people.
Published 16 months ago by cblack71
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More About the Author

Stephen P. Robbins (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is professor emeritus of management at San Diego State University and the world's best-selling textbook author in the areas of both management and organizational behavior. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. His books are currently used at more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities, as well as hundreds of schools throughout Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

In Dr. Robbins' "other life," he participates in masters' track competitions. Since turning 50 in 1993, he has set numerous indoor and outdoor age-group world sprint records. He has won two dozen indoor and outdoor U.S. championships at 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m, and 14 individual gold medals at World Masters Track Championships. In 2005, Dr. Robbins was elected into the USA Masters' Track & Field Hall of Fame.

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