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You Can't Fire Everyone: And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager Hardcover – March 17, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is the only useful 'self-help' book on management I've ever read. Ever." -Heather Huhman, "Business Insider"

About the Author

Hank Gilman is the deputy managing editor of Fortune. Over his career, he has worked at The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The Beaufort Gazette (South Carolina). (His favorite job.) He has also been a regular commentator on The Nightly Business Report on PBS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
One of the perverse realities faced by most first time managers is that they got the job because they were excellent individual performers. They demonstrated a talent the company valued so instead of helping them do it better, they promote them to management. Why? The hope is that they will be able to teach their skill to others and replicate their success through their team on a larger scale. It rarely works that way. If this has happened to you, this book will give you a crash course on how to succeed at being a manager and avoid many of the natural mistakes nearly every first time manager makes. And, if you think you know more than Hank Gilman and can get away with ignoring his advice, you will learn firsthand what Gilman was trying to share with you.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Vedrashko on September 18, 2011
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Neurotic parenthetical asides pepper every single page of this book. A sentence on page 7 has three. The asides interrupt the flow; I would call them distracting if only there were much to be distracted from. Unfortunately, the book is mostly a collection of newsroom anecdotes involving anonymous people who are caught doing nothing of interest. On a three-hour flight, I got all the way to page 121. Maybe the book gets better in its second half, but I'm not likely to find out. In the introduction, the author writes, "I've always avoided writing a book because there are so many bad ones out there." Now there is one more.
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Typical information, but always good to review. And it is written in a very casual and low-key style. Loved reading it.
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Hank Gilman's book is a fairly light read - mostly a collection of stories from journalism's great writer/manager divide by someone who 'accidentally' crossed over to the dark (okay, maybe grey or charcoal) side. It's a loosely organized series of 'lessons learned' by someone who - though he takes his work very seriously indeed - ultimately doesn't take himself too seriously. That's demonstrated by a sentence in his conclusion (which Gilman calls his "Director's Cut"): "[N]o matter what your management style, it will work if you do it well, are honest, treat your employees with respect, and are consistent." So, there you go: no repetitive, heavy-handed recapping of main points in bulletized form or the like (I'm grateful for that, actually); just more like "hey, let's get real, what I'm saying can be distilled into this one simple sentence."

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.
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