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Truth about Managing People: And Nothing But the Truth Hardcover – September, 2002

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This isn't just "someone's opinion"...It's the first, definitive, evidence-based guide to effective management. In The Truth About Managing People...and Nothing but the Truth, Robbins delivers principles you can rely on throughout your entire management career--regardless of your organization, role or title. This is a management book that cuts through the soft opinion and conjecture books that have dominated the business shelves in recent years and shows what management researchers know actually works, or doesn't work, when it comes to managing people.

Drawing on the author's 30+ years of research and textbook writing experience, Robbins has distilled the results of thousands of research studies on human behavior into over 60 proven "truths" that can transform how you manage people--and the results that are achieved. The author provides guidance to you organized around key, human-behavior-related problemareas that managers face (hiring, motivation, leadership, communication, team building, conflict management, job design, evaluating performance and coping with change), along with guidance to help you apply the information and improve your managerial effectiveness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen P. Robbins, the world's bestselling management and organizational behavior textbook author, has sold more than 2 million books used at more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities. Robbins' Organizational Behavior, Ninth Edition (Prentice Hall) is a market leader throughout North America, Central America, South America, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, India, China and Scandinavia. Author of Managing Today and co-author of Management, Fifth Edition and Fundamentals of Management, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and has served in management roles for Shell and Reynolds Metals. He currently is a member of the San Diego State University faculty.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; English Language edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131460951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131460959
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,219,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"The truth" is long overdue... I am a massage practitioner in Seattle and people having a massage tend to say what is on their minds. I often hear comments like "my manager didn't talk to me for a year" or "I think my manager is mad at me for something I did (when in fact she just spent an hour at the car repair shop). If only she would just tell me I did a good job".
Or comments like this -"My assistant doesn't seem to work hard enough and she is starting to make mistakes that effect my work. I don't think I am doing anything wrong".
Even if you are not in management, there is a lot to learn from Steve's hard work in "The truth..."
The book is an easy read, with many examples. It presents common sense answers to everyday problems and issues. Please read it so my clients can rest during their sessions rather than worry.
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Robbins's book is a pleasure to read. He presents multiple topics in a short, easily digestible modular format and then allows you to learn more by providing you with references that go into much further detail. Let's face it - most management books are worse than worthless and are either New Age fluff or bluster and swagger. Robbins instead avoids the know-it-all approach by supporting each of his 'truths' with empirical evidence from sociology, organizational psychology, assertiveness training, and literature on leadership and group dynamics.

Unless you already have a Ph.D in Social Psychology, an MBA, and 10 years' worth of corporate experience, you will learn something new with this book. You'll do more than just 'manage' - you will succeed. Use this book as a springboard and a guide, as Robbins suggests, and you will almost certainly improve your workplace performance.
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Stephen P. Robbins provides a broad overview of effective management principles. While many of these principles are familiar, Robbins writes in a compelling, authoritative style, and he uses behavioral research to bolster many of his suggestions, some of which go against common practice. Skeptical? Just look at his examples of companies that have used these methods successfully, and his comments from experts in the field. The chapters are organized into a series of short bites, presented as "truths" about different areas of management. This small easy-to-carry book is handy for reading in chunks while you wait or commute on the train. We recommend it as a handy summary of general management wisdom supported by the findings of behavioral research and nicely seasoned with occasional nuggets of information on effective, but less common, techniques.
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Mr Robbins' best-selling book is packed with briefs on effective management thinking and examples on diverse topics. An excellent, useful, and well-organized book comprised of 63 sound nuggets of management wisdom collected from many credible sources. The 10 categories make it easy to locate an item of particular interest. The small easy-to-digest `truths' make it easy to read a different truth each morning or to devour the book in one longer sitting. Each `truth' is also well documented if you'd like to explore the item in more depth. This book makes a great refresher, introduction, or point of embarkment on further research.
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The author wisely breaks down his suggestions into 65 "truths". Each truth has its own chapter and each chapter is around 400-1000 words long.

The book was clearly written as a light read. It does not not get bogged down with pedantic explanations and research. In fact, the book cites very few research to backup its "truths". The book contains mostly anecdotal wisdom from a streetwise manager.

The author never delves into any topic in detail. If you want in-depth analysis, research, and facts to backup the author's claims, this book leaves a lot wanting. But if you want a quick and interesting anecdotal wisdom on managing people, then this book fits the bill nicely.

I thought at least a few of the 65 truths were eye opening, notably

1)Happy Workers Aren't Necessarily Productive Workers
2)The Essence of Leadership is Trust
3)Want Pleasant Employees? It's in the Genes.
4)Most People THINK They Know What Good Leaders Look Like
5)Great Followers Make Great Leaders

This book is worth its cheap price and your time.
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