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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Nov. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743510119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743510110
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Integrity Trainer on Dec 16 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book appears to be written by a couple young guys who are very well educated but not so well experienced in management. Right up front (p. 11) they support the title of their book by stating great managers "consistently disregard the golden rule" (do onto others as you would like others to do onto you). That is nonsense and that is exactly what got the executives of Enron and numerous other corporations in BIG trouble.
This book was written in 1999 at the height of the deception going on by executives at Enron, Worldcom, Tyco International and multiple others before their inflated bubble burst. Leadership authors and speakers like these do a great disservice to those who earnestly want to learn how to succeed in business and those who want to trust the corporations they invest in.
This book of course isn't focused on how to break rules and has some good leadership tips. But so do a lot of good leadership books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avinash Sharma, The Yogic Manager on March 23 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a well researched book. The authors arrived at their conclusions after analyzing data collected by Gallup over 25 years - using an impressive sample size of 80 thousand managers and 1 million staff from 400 companies. Gallup has used its expertise in survey research to link employee engagement to business performance. The concepts are well explained and presented.
The essence of the findings lie in the 4 Keys of great managers and the 12 Questions that give organizations the information they need to attract, focus, and keep the most talented employees.
The 4 Keys of great managers:
1. Select for talent - the authors define talent as "recurring patterns of behavior" and state that great managers find the match between talents and roles.
2. Define the right outcomes - managers needs to turn talent into performance. This can be done by defining the right outcomes and letting people find their own route toward the outcomes.
3. Focus on strengths - managers need to concentrate on strengths and not on weaknesses.
4. Find the Right Fit - managers need to assign roles to employees that give the employees the greatest chance of success.
The 12 Questions make an excellent list of questions that will be helpful to organizations as well as to employees. The authors group the questions into various categories and explain the importance of each question and group.
I give this book 5 stars because the insights are practical and backed by empirical evidence, and the book is well presented. I was able to apply the concepts immediately. I read this book when I was assigned the role of a team lead. I was able to improve the efficiency of the team by assigning tasks to people based on their individual strengths.
This book has a lot of substance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 10 2002
Format: Hardcover
I began reading this book with an open mind. I am an HR VP with over 20 years of experience at Fortune 500 organizations. This book tries to be iconoclastic and innovative for line management, however, any good manager should see through its marketing and catchy title. This book is based on the "strengths" concept which has no empirical data other than that done by those on the Gallup payroll.
I strongly recommend sticking with more trusted and proven business advice from better publishers and authors with degrees in the field in which they are writing about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eldon E Mack on Feb. 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
There are a few good common sense ideas in this book. For example: 1.It's hard to change people; 2. Make the most of an employee's talents instead of trying to fix their weaknesses; 3. Don't micro-manage; 4. A good way of doing something is not simply the opposite of a bad way. The authors then contend that these ideas go against conventional wisdom. I don't know what conventional wisdom they are talking about since it agrees with most of mine. But then again I went to an engineering school, not a business school. After presenting these ideas there is not much else in the book except a series of disconnected management anecdotes. Curiously most of these anecdotes are examples of bad management. This is in direct contradiction to idea 4 above, which the authors spent several pages discussing. I think the first example of good management was about halfway through the book when they started to talk about Southwest Airlines. (Actually if someone wants to write a good management book, do a case study on Southwest Airlines.) Also most of the examples deal with restaraunts, hotels, and banks with almost none from a high tech or software business. Finally I think (and this is conventional wisdom again) a good manager must be able to 1.Prioritize; 2.Organize. The authors say nothing of these abilities and obviously know little about them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is has proven invaluable in my business. I recommend it to any manager who is having trouble motivating and keeping key employees in today's marketplace. Happy employees are more productive employees and this book can provide new insight on how to make the most of any team.
I also recommend Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey. Companies, teams and employess committed to excellence will love its goal oriented approach to business motivation.
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