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The Truth About Managing People by [Robbins, Stephen P.]
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“Stephen Robbins translates what researchers currently know about managing people into clear and useful prescriptions…. It should be the benchmark  for anyone seeking advice on how to manage people.”
—THOMAS C. CUMMINGS, Professor and Chair, Department of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, USC

“What a service! Stephen Robbins lays out the rock-solid foundation for managing people: those central truths that are consistently  supported by research. Ignore them at your peril!”
—KENNETH W. THOMAS, Professor Emeritus of Management, Naval Postgraduate School

Succeed brilliantly as a leader and overcome  the “killer” problems faced by every manager!
•    The truth about leading diverse and global workforces  in a digital world
•    The truth about hiring, motivation, evaluations, and  team development
•    The truth about managing change and getting corporate  culture right

Simply the best thinking

This book reveals 59 PROVEN MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES and bite-size, easy-to-use techniques that work.

About the Author

Stephen P. Robbins, Ph.D., professor emeritus of management at  San Diego State University, is the world’s best-selling author of  textbooks in management and organizational behavior. His books  are used at more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities and have been translated into 19 languages. Robbins has served in management roles for Shell Oil and Reynolds Metals. A member of the USA Masters’ Track and Field Hall of Fame, he has won 11 individual world sprint titles and set numerous American and world age-group records.

Product Details

  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 3 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NW9NTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2013
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"The Truth About Managing People" by Stephen Robbins is a great read for anyone wanting to either improve their management skills in a current position (work, home, community, etc.) or thinking about moving into a management position. The book is around 230 pages, contains 59 chapters that are 1-3 pages each, and addresses topics such as:

1. Hiring responsible people.
2. Reasons why people are not motivated at work today.
3. Managing people older than you.
4. Leadership myths.
5. Listening (not just hearing) when people speak to you.
6. Being politically adept (not necessarily being a bootlicker, but knowing how to negotiate around the company's political environment).
7. Adjusting your leadership style when the situation calls for it.
8. Listening to the corporate grapevine and what you can do to reduce negative rumors.
9. Being silent (we all could stand to be less vocal at times!).
10. Being careful of groupthink (not speaking up for fear of not fitting into the group).

The book is an easy and informative read. During my career I have had good and bad managers and think that each one of them would benefit from this book (some more than others!). Having been in the corporate world, I have seen both the good and bad of people working (and not working)together. Since I had management positions in the military and civilian worlds, I can appreciate the challenges managers face.

"The Truth About Managing People" is a good read for anyone wanting to either learn more about what managers face or looking to become a manager.

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As one mature in corporate life in terms of responsibility and accountability, there are many things you come to realize as beyond your control.
Every corporation has a different culture and it is mostly determined by the top management. When the employees are conditioned to behave a certain way to meet the expectations of their managers, old habits die hard.
The author gave some really insightful observations on managing people, however, to a large extend, you need wisdom to exercise what he's shared.
No matter how much you agree with the author, when the time comes for you to encounter the same scenario, most certainly you will react differently because of your experience, education, background, EQ, etc.
I recommend this book not as a "Idiot Guide to Managing People", but as some wisdom you can read and think about how you will react in similar situations with your corporate culture taken into consideration.

Good luck managers!
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While I believe there is valid criticism from career management professionals, I think even someone with many years of experience can still benefit. Most managers experience the situations covered, that is a given, and are well versed in what is being described but even an excellent manager will have areas that they do not address very often.

The book has a lot of potential for non-career managers. Employees are thrust into supervisory positions with little to no training in how to actually manage other people. Even if the training is ostensibly thorough it can't compare to long term and in depth study or time on job. But this book could take a person like that and give them the foundation for being a manager that people will work for.

It also strikes me that this book is not just for managers or aspiring managers. It is a great handbook for someone that wants to be not just a good employee but a great employee. Someone that will be recognized for excellence and be given opportunities to move up or stolen away from a company that doesn't recognize the potential you display by following the tenets in this book from the employee side of things.

For example, the very first rule about first impressions is an insight into how powerful it is to make a good impression because it will create a favorable environment for *you*. More than that, making a good first impression is not perceived as an action as opposed to, say, explaining why you are peachy for this promotion in a sit down with a potential new boss you've never met in a different office. Unlike a book on landing a job that tells you how important this issue is, here is a book from the perspective of the other side of the desk about how powerful it is on the interviewer themselves.
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Stephen P Robbins lays it all out in this latest version of his book The Truth About Managing People. He provides a blueprint that, if followed, can pull you out of many a bind. From tips on how to spot the right candidates at time of hire to advice on how to connect with those you already manage, his "truths" are sometimes common sense and sometimes a new way to approach an old problem. They all add up to a very comprehensive look at the challenges you face when managing people and a guide to overcoming those challenges.

I have been supervising people for a few years now, and aspire to management, and found the information presented in this book to be useful both for my current position and for my future goals. I like the way the content is organized and it flows well as you move from one topic to the next. There are plenty of real-world examples fed to the reader throughout the text which make it easy to see how these principles can be applied, or what the results are when they are not. The ending could be improved on, as I felt it was just one more truth rather than a true summary of the book as a whole. I can see myself referring back to this book in the future.
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