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The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People Hardcover – July 31, 2004
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Basically by explaining various important aspects of good shepherding the authors provide solid object lessons in managing people. Each chapter ends with a short synopsis of the major points. There is a lot of wisdom concentrated in these seven principles and I found myself printing them out on a small card that I can carry with me. The Way of the Shepherd is a highly recommended purchase and can be applied to many different kings of "flocks" - family, church, service groups, or any other group you care about.
Pentak and Leman take lessons from an experienced shepherd, and translate good practice into human resource management. They take you through Management 101 to Human Resource Development at the post-graduate level in simple, but deep lessons about management's role in personnel maintenance.
Take a weekend and go to shepherding school, or take this on your next business flight and you'll have the tools to re-ignite your committment to your staff, from your stars to you marginal performers. It's an investment of time that will pay returns after each chapter, from knowing your sheep to making a safe pasture to providing correction and direction.
This is the best human resource management book I have ever read. It's insightful and practical. I am recommending it to my management team and to my boss. It will contribute to reaching our department goal - being the best place to work.
It does not imply at all (as I was concerned about) that all of the front-line employees are rudimenatary herd animals... rather, it calls the leader to a higher level of personal responsibility for the well-being, safety, and activity of the workgroup.
I've read hundreds of leadership and business books over my career - many of which are outstanding - and this is the one I always start a new leader with. It's short, it's easy to read, and it communicates all the right things.
I'm thinking about reading it to my boys. Even though they are younger the story will captivate their minds and present me with the opportunity to discuss the underlying principles that the Way of the Shepherd communicates.
Principles in the parable include knowing your flock, engaging them on a regular basis, building trust with your followers, keeping your flock well informed, protecting them, using persuasion rather than coercision, helping them when they get in trouble, being willing to pay the price of leadership, and developing a heart for your flock.
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Still to this day, one of the greatest pieces of literature I've read on leadership. A must read for anyone who desires to lead others.Published 28 days ago by Joshua GArvey
Easy read with a great lesson for managers at all stages of their careersPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer