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You Can't Fire Everyone: And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager Hardcover – March 17, 2011
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I think this book will be especially helpful to young first time managers just beginning their management career. But managers with some experience under their belt will find many helpful tips on how to resolve some of the problems they can't just quite get their hands around. And if you are an individual contributor aspiring to management, learning this stuff now can give you a leg up when your management opportunity finally knocks on your cubicle's door. Well, not a door, but that metal rail at the opening. You know what I mean.
Because Hank Gilman is a successful journalist and editor he knows how to write clearly, with focus, and charm. He also knows the power of making his point by telling compelling stories and fills the book with stories from his own work experience of from the lives of his friends. And because he has worked at major papers and magazines, many of the stories also involve major events and some famous people. Yes, the book is interesting.Read more ›
As noted by another reviewer on this pages, the author's style is not so much by-the-numbers management tome (not unexpected by someone who sinks his teeth into Jack Welch and Tom Peters) as it is "[n]eurotic parenthetical asides." If you can roll with that idiosyncratic style and are interested in some insights as to how the sausage gets made at institutions like Fortune and Newsweek (well, what used to be Newsweek), then this book - which you can consume in the course of a mid-distance plane ride - is worth a read.
Gilman provides practical advice. To the experienced manager, many lessons will be familiar ones. Repetition is a good thing, especially if it can shake some managers into embracing these tried and true lessons.
Gilman pulls no punches. He boldly proclaims some of the rarely discussed shortcomings of managers. For example, very few managers will admit that fear governs their daily decisions – fear of confrontation, fear of losing a job, etc. He lays it right out there and challenges managers to get over their fear so they can perform well in their management roles.
The book is a quick read filled with many pithy comments and entertaining real-life examples that enhance the message. Gilman is also self-effacing. He does not pretend to be the god of management which endears him to the reader. There's lots of good stuff in this book for managers at all levels.
--Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down"
The reader should be able to pluck a few gems from the book without trying too hard. I especially enjoyed his "Director's Cut." This was the final chapter that Gilman said he could not find place anywhere else in the book. The outtakes may have been the best part.
Overall, some of Gilman's advice seemed to be more applicable to the cut-throat world of journalism than to the broader world of "business." There is not much in the way of new or memorable material in this book. But, the length, fluidity, and humor of the book make it a worthwhile read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical information, but always good to review. And it is written in a very casual and low-key style. Loved reading it.Published on August 16, 2013 by V. A. Sheppard
This book was very basic. Although it is funny it really didn't address management issues that most of us face. However if you buy it... buy it used.Published on May 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book is very readable, and full of thought-provoking, pithy, insights, generally preaching a kind of managerial "toughness. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by chungking