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13 fatal errors managers make and how you can avoid them Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1987
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“Before we can start managing ourselves and others we must stop doing what doesn’t work and Steve Brown shows us how.”—Spencer Johnson, M.D., coauthor of The New One Minute Manager
“Steve Brown is ‘right on’ with 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make. Simple and easy to read, but effective and practical in application.”—Zig Ziglar, author of Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale
“In the flood of ‘success’ books, this is a stand-out in style, practical horse-sense, and applications....Brown gives us a needed dose of preventative management medicine!”—Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning
“This book....ought to be in the top drawer of every manager’s desk.”—*Robert Marville, former chairman and president of the Rockefeller Center Management Company
About the Author
W. Steven Brown is the Founder and Chairman of The Fortune Group International. Founded in 1970, The Fortune Group has provided many of the world’s most outstanding and successful organizations with training. Brown has personally designed and created numerous multimedia training systems in leadership, sales, change management and personnel effectiveness. Active for many years in the National Speakers Association, Brown received its highest form of recognition for presenters, the coveted CPAE award.
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Another reviewer commented that the word "Fatal" in the title is way overstated. Brown himself in his Preface said that when he was writing the book many of his friends and colleagues warned him that he was being too negative. Why not put a more positive spin on his advice? He decided to go with the negative because he felt at the time of writing that people learn more from their failures than from their successes. As we emerge from a punishing recession and as performance, failing and losing one's job seems to have much more impact, this title and perspective feel all the more timely ... even 25 years after its publication. So maybe the word Fatal isn't an overstatement after all.
As I was reading the book and thinking back to my career events 25 years ago, that was about the time I assumed my first management job. Over that 25 years I've had my own successes and failures. As another reviewer commented, some of this is common sense and trying to treat others as you think you'd like to be treated. Yet the sheer range of these 13 areas all in a concise description makes the book particularly valuable. I only wish I'd read this book when it was first written and I was managing for the first time, because of the insights it offers. Sure, the ideas may be old and the used copy I bought from Amazon is faded and a little musty, but I have a feeling I'll be referencing it for some time to come.