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About the Author

Barbara Otis has a BA in Business Management from Dominican University of California, an MA in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and nearly 20 years of experience in the field of training and organizational development. She develops training strategies and approaches, designs and develops training curricula, performs training needs assessments, maps workflow processes and is experienced in workplace interventions and group facilitation. She also offers coaching and support to managers and employees for leadership development, change management and individual career development. Barbara has received a Leadership Certificate in The Making of Leaders program from Dominican University of California and is certified in the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory instrument. In addition, Barbara has been awarded a certificate of completion in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development program from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. She is currently a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Organization Development Network (OD Network).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Otis; 1 edition (November 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991201507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991201501
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ursula E. Hanks on December 3, 2013
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There are several topics in this book that really hit home, as I have been in the workplace for a long time. Although we "inherit" our management, we can rise above any situation b stepping up our own leadership capabilities, without needing to be the boss! Your writing style invokes tha sense of humor needed in situations with the type of management that lacks in successful management of the organization's people and I pretty much smiled throughout the process of reading your book. I would encourage everyone who has doubts about staying in a work situation with the lack of quality management to read this book, simply because you raise the awareness to realize that we can't change people - we can only lead (no matter what our jobs are) by example and hope it rubs off. and I would hope that this book draws attention for those that are in those very important roles of managing people. People are the Number One and most precious resource of any organization and should never be treated with less importance. Thank you for writing this book
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I read this book while trying to make the best of a very difficult work situation. What it did for me was to validate that the issues I was having with my manager were real and severe, and that it was time to remove myself from a situation that was out of my control. When I finally decided it was time to make a change, I seriously considered leaving my dog-eared copy on his desk as a letter of resignation.

I really enjoyed the easy to follow format--one concept per page written in an approachable manner. If I ever become a manager myself, I will be sure to remember the lessons presented in this book.
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This is a must read for anyone in a Manger or Leadership role. The book does a great job using simple examples to illustrate complex issues which occur in many organizations. The reader can take these examples and use it to enact change immediately as the solution is made very clear. Regardless of your experience leading organizations you can learn something from this book. I believe this will be the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" for the Millennial generation!
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So glad to see someone operationalize what poor management looks like. So many people I coach do not understand the impact of their behavior. Barbara Otis surely makes the case. Glad to see this contribution to our field by someone in the know.
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Amazingly simple if you're prepared to look in the mirror at yourself and how you go about managing and leading people..........The authors ability to capture so succinctly the activities that really terrible managers employ sometimes consciously but most times unconsciously to simply destroy morale in individuals and an organisation. Simply constructed offering both the symptom and the antidote to equip managers with the necessary ways to keep their most important assets purposefully engaged..................I loved it!!!!
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What a pleasant surprise and a great read this book is. The nuggets of wisdom that this book contains is priceless. Barbara Otis has captured in this publication the concepts and the insights that all managers and leaders should remember to incorporate into their organization. She has done so in a humorous, but matter of fact, fashion. I couldn't wait to receive it and when I did, I couldn't put it down. Awesome job Barbara! Your knowledge and awareness of what any management team should pay attention to is well-stated!
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My favorite things about this book:
* The content is so accessible. One page per concept. You don't get bogged down in chapters full of repetitive or irrelevant content. Every single page is helpful.
* The humor takes the sting out of finding myself in its pages! (And I did, sad to say!)
* The "Instead, try this" information is clear and concise, and easy to implement.
Buy this book if you are a manager. Buy this book if you WANT to be a manager. Buy this book if you KNOW a manager. Keep it next to your other indispensable management tools, whatever they are for you.
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This is not a book to read - but rather to reference . . . often!
101 reminders of how important it is to be respectful and considerate of those we work with. I'm a teacher, not a manager, but appreciate these "gentle nudges."
Barbara Otis does a great job of educating us in an entertaining way, without leaving you feeling like you've been scolded.
I hope this is the first of a series, because there's much more to say about workplace relationships.
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