First, Break All the Rules

First, Break All the Rules

What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently

eBook - 2014
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The world's greatest managers differ in sex, age, and race. They employ different styles and focus on different goals. Despite their differences, great managers share one trait: They break virtually every rule conventional wisdom holds sacred. They don't believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They don't try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They disregard the golden rule. They even play favorites. Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its massive in-depth study of great managers ? those who excelled at turning each employee's ta.
Publisher: New York : Gallup Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781595620415
1595620419
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 pages)
Additional Contributors: Coffman, Curt W.
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mlharr
Feb 01, 2017

This was another book that I read for class, and ended up really enjoying! Seriously! So now the question: did Dr. Chow manage to be the first professor ever to assign good, relevant texts to his students, or am I that nerdy? lol (I'm betting on the former.)

This is a great narrative, explaining a lengthy and in-depth study done of the world's greatest managers of corporations. There is so much good advice in this book. The crux of the book is the "12 Questions." Dr. Chow kept coming back to these over and over again in class, and I used them to jump-start conversations with several members of leadership at my library. I honestly believe that this book helped land me the job I now hold! I used this book as the basis for a conversation with an Associate Director, and then I was offered an interview! (And I got the job eventually. :) ) These magical 12 questions really make you think about your job, in a good way. Even if you can't answer yes to the questions right now, the book gives advice on how you can get there eventually. And you don't have to want to be a manager; this book gives solid advice for succeeding at any level in your organization.

Another selling point? The book is written in laymen's terms, without a lot of business buzzwords. It's totally accessible to anyone and everyone. The pace is fast enough to keep you engaged without boredom. A "business management" book I'd recommend to nearly anyone!

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kityojames
Jan 02, 2015

Well detailed explanations on what is required for managers , with a challenge to norms outside the ordinary. I like this book for it's insistence on varying talents for different people and the definition of talent. I like the reasons for why managers should focus on talent, rather than just knowledge and skills, as a basis for recruitment.

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r0b
Jun 07, 2012

Very much worth a read if you're a manager or wanting to be one. Especially if you want to be a good one.

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