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"Wolf Rinke delivers powerful information in a dynamic, innovative, action-oriented style." J.W. Marriott, Chairman of the Board & President, Marriott Corp.; "Put Wolf Rinke's winning strategies to work and You will succeed." Kenneth Blanchard, PhD, co-author, The One-Minute Manager"

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Laugh, lead, and succeed-let Wolf Rinke show you how

Just because your management practices worked yesterday, doesn't mean they work today. Break out of your management rut to greater success and productivity with the techniques in Don't Oil the Squeaky Wheel.

Written by management guru Wolf Rinke, this humorous, instructive guide distills a lifetime of management consulting experience into 20 easy-to-digest lessons to help you be a more effective manager. These strategies will change the way you lead people and have an immediate payoff on the bottom line. You'll discover the shrewd wisdom of:

  • Don't satisfy customers: Exceed your customers' expectations, and they'll remember you and your organization.
  • Don't focus on work: No matter what you produce, you're in the People business--your people are responsible for 85% of your success.
  • Don't make decisions: Learn to give your power away with two powerful phrases: What are YOU going to do about that?; What do YOU think?

With the expertise of Wolf Rinke, you're on your way to becoming the kind of manager that everyone will turn to, as you improve efficiency, productivity, and workplace morale.

"Tells you what you need to know to win in the game of leadership in these turbulent times."-J.W. Marriott, Chairman of the Board & President, Marriott Corp.

"Put Wolf Rinke's winning strategies to work and YOU will succeed."-Kenneth Blanchard, PhD, co-author, The One-Minute Manager

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007142993X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071429931
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not only is this a perfect book for managers, it's a book that could help anyone with their very lives!

I'm 64, care for my bedridden husband, and have to "run the show."

Yes, even we "Doing it all, and doing it alone types" sometimes need a reminder. When things, and others, get out of whak, we need to take a look at our lives, and do what we can to make it better. Oh how we forget when chaos hits us. We often run in circles just trying to keep up. When this happens, we are on the wrong track, and we need some GOOD examples of how to make the road easier to manage. This book does even more than that.
I literly (almost) swallowed this book, and it actually changed me. I saw what I was doing wrong, and took action right away. IT WORKED! On the first day I saw results.
I must confess I knew, and had practiced many of the answers he offers, but when chaos creaps up on you, you somehow don't notice until your ready to tear your hair out.
I'm so happy I read this book, it worked for me, and it can for you. Even if your not a manager, you can manage your life again, and for me, it was a God send.
Don't give up, read the book, use it, get your life back, you won't regret it.
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Wolf has contributed much to the fields of management and leadership over many years; this book adds tremendously to that body of knowledge.
"Don't Oil" is a common sense book that is an easy read, but is chock full of info spread over 20 engaging chapters that can be easily consumed.
A must buy for your library.
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Those words pop off the back cover to entice prospective readers to open the book. Combine that phrase with the subtitle about contrarian ways to improve leadership effectiveness and you begin to gain an idea of what this book is like. Frankly, I wasn't sure if I'd get a laugh a page or serious stuff. Turns out I got both!

Rinke, an experienced executive leader, management consultant, professional speaker, and author presents alternatives to the old saws that populate so many leadership books. Listen to some of the chapter headings: Knowledge is Not Power. Don't Manage People. Don't Be Proud. Don't Have People Work for You. Don't Focus on the Bottom Line. Don't Satisfy Customers. Are you getting the idea that you might be in for an interesting ride?

Each chapter lightly pokes fun at the common belief, though not as obviously as I expected it would. Readers will be surprised at the strong treatment of leadership skills, illustrated with stories that bring them to life. The lessons are presented in a way that holds interest and teaches practicality.

Laugh? This book includes something unique; I have not seen this done before. In each chapter, just before the summary, there is a brief section titled "Smile." Rinke shares a bit of humor with the reader to keep the book light and to demonstrate that leadership should be fun, not laborious.

If you've spent any time in leadership positions, you'll identify with the proverbial advice...and can probably create your own thinking about what Rinke teaches us. You'll spin a paragraph or two before you wonder where to go next. Rinke will be there to take you further down the path to success.
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Dr. Rinke has used a fun approach to outline the necessary skills to improve leadership skills. By taking the backdoor approach he shows you exactly what to do. The book is full of wisdom, examples, techniques and humor. It should be required reading for any manager or leader.
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Wolf Rinke has an inviting style of writing that makes one feel like he is right there with you while you are reading. Wolf teaches with humor and practicality. Don't Oil the Squeaky Wheel is a Leadership Roadmap. This book is hands-on and realistic; it validates the very essence of what leaders need to do to succeed. Dr. Rinke has a rich background of experience from which this energizing management tool is derived. He gives numerous examples and techniques that allow one to assess their own management and leadership style and "diagnose" the areas in which behavior should be modified or changed. This is a how-to book that you will not want to put down and a "must have" for your professional library. And if you think Wolf's books are entertaining...see Wolf Rinke in person! He will "wow" you and your organization into greater awareness and efficiencies.
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