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FYI: For Your Improvement, A Guide for Development and Coaching (4th edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 860-1401484721
ISBN-10: 0974589233
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  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Lominger Ltd Inc; 4th edition (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974589233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974589237
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2008
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FYI presents a comprehensive list and description of competencies needed for leadership, according to the Lominger Group. This model may differ in some respects from the one used by your organization, but it won't be far off.

The competencies in this book are organized into six factors: Strategic Skills, Operating Skills, Courage, Energy & Drive, Organizational Positioning Skills, and Personal & Interpersonal Skills. The authors add the two negative factors Trouble With People and Trouble With Results. Nested within these factors are clusters and individual competencies. One might quibble with the details, but this map covers the terrain.

Readers are skillfully guided through this territory. The initial chapters provide solid advice for deciding which competencies to develop, recognizing that sometimes it is more useful to compensate for a weakness with other strengths and that it is possible to unproductively overuse one's strengths. The authors' willingness to deal seriously with negative issues such as overapplication of strong competencies and barriers to success is valuable--and often lacking in competency publications.

Individual competency chapters have a predictable and useful structure. Each chapter begins by locating the competency within its factor and cluster and "inspires" the reader with an appropriate quote. The reader encounters concise lists of the behavioral indicators of unskilled performance, skilled performance and overuse of this competency. These lists cross-reference other competencies that can either substitute for unskilled peformance or compensate for overuse.
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I purchased this book years ago (around 1996) as part of a year long leadership development program for individuals working in state government. The authors provided training in the use of the book at our retreat. It has multiple uses and I have purchased each new edition. Those who have rated it very low, I think do not get the concept of the book. The competencies listed are precise descriptions of behaviors that can be either assets or liabilities depending on whether the individual is skilled, unskilled or overskilled in the competency. In addition the book lists career stallers and strategies for overcoming them. What sets it apart from other books of this type is the research that went into developing the competencies, strategies. I have used this book to 1. Create my resume and help others to write resumes, 2. Writing employee evaluation summaries, 3. Developing my own professional development plan and helping my direct supports to develop theirs, 4. Counseling chronically unemployed prepare for interview questions, 5. counseling individuals who have been terminated MORE than twice for cause to identify the internal reasons they can't keep a job, 6. working with couples through our ministry to identify areas in their marriage relationship causing conflict, 7. defending terminations for poor performance, 8. Creating job descriptions, 9. teaching teens and recent college graduates about managing their own career development and 10. countless workshops and individual career counseling sessions.
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By melissa on March 6, 2015
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I recently accepted a nursing supervisor position. For the past 6 months I have been bullied by the very people who encouraged me to take the position-my co-workers and boss. Numerous times I've met with the boss regarding employee complaints. In several of the meetings, my boss commented that she didn't know how to handle the situation and soon I was working with human resources (HR). While working with HR one afternoon, I saw this book, FYI, on the shelf. I went home, googled the book/author, ordered it, and read it. I have learned how to communicate better with my boss, coworkers, and even friends and family. No longer am I being bullied. Every employee in a humanity field-nursing, social work, teaching, police/security, etc…should buy this book, use the strategies, and see your life improve!
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Not only a succinct guide for improvement in itself, many references to detailed research on improvement of individual traits.

My Team members each have a copy. Works well with 360 degree review approach.
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I and my team of managers live by these books. They allow you to identify exactly what a person is doing wrong and give them constructive actions for correction. Shortens time to write reviews and provides the correct verbiage for other things like "Performance Plans" or "Personal Improvement Plans".
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If you're a manager, you need this book. Not just at annual review time, all the time.

After I have a new representative for about 90 days, I print off the competencies I think they excel in, and those I think they need work on. Have them read them (underused, competent, and overused) and make their own KPIs for the coming quarter, half year, whatever.

They're invested in their development along the way and they become aware of what they need to improve upon to be at minimally competent and what they need to exploit.
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