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The Truth About Managing People...And Nothing But the Truth Paperback – Jun 11 2003

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (June 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131838474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131838475
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #859,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Robbins does it again! A prolific scholar and writer, he cuts through the research and theory to deliver immediately useful and essential insights for the effective management of people. I have never seen anything quite like The Truth. Excellent for all of us who don't take the time to keep up with leading edge thinking and practice in the field of management."- Eric G. Stephan, ProfessorOrganizational Leadership & StrategyMarriott School of Management, Brigham Young University"The wide gap between management practice and behavioral research has finally been bridged. Steve Robbins' book translates what researchers currently know about managing people into clear and useful prescriptions for effective management. It should be the benchmark for anyone seeking advice on how to manage people."- Thomas G. CummingsProfessor and Chair of the Department of Management and OrganizationMarshall School of Business, University of Southern California"Steve Robbins has truly pulled off what he said he would. Robbins has written a superb book that assembles evidence about some of the most useful information for managing people to achieve higher productivity and morale. Instead of belaboring and embellishing one concept throughout the book, Robbins presents the best evidence from many of the leading management researchers. The book is eminently practical, yet common sense is contradicted where it is proved to be wrong. In synthesizing the most useful information available on 63 key topics, Steve Robbins has made a substantial contribution to practicing managers. Researchers too should dig into this book to find out what is really known about managing people."- Andrew J. DuBrin, Ph.D.Professor of Management and Industrial PsychologistRochester Institute of Technology"What a service! The premiere writer of management textbooks has sifted through the research to extract the real nuggets-the (often-surprising) truths that every manager should know. This book is an antidote for the unsupported opinions handed out in many popular management books. Robbins lays out the rock-solid foundation for managing people-those central truths that are consistently supported by research. Ignore them at your peril!"- Kenneth W. ThomasProfessor of Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California;author of Intrinsic Motivation at Work"This is an important book for any manager, no matter the type of organization. Steve Robbins has combined two ingredients seldom found together in the typical business book: First, he speaks in language clearly understandable to managers. Second, he backs up his pithy discussions and conclusions by anchoring them in solid behavioral research findings. Definitely an interesting and highly informative read."- Lyman W. PorterUniversity of California, Irvine"If someone wants to unleash the truth of people management, read this book. Author Robbins addresses the most critical challenges organizations face today in a concise and entertaining way." - Subir ChowdhuryExecutive Vice President, American Supplier InstituteAuthor of the best-selling THE POWER OF SIX SIGMA and The Talent Era: Achieving High Return On Talent"This is a clever book. Stephen Robbins has put together a book I wish I had written. It's a quick reference written for practicing managers, social scientists, and anyone interested in managing people. Robbins' 'best of' approach, as well as the reference materials each section draws on, make this book a 'must have' for practical, reliable, and valid information on the important leadership/management/people topics of the day."- Randall P. White, Ph.D.Principal, The Executive Development Group LLCCo-author, Relax, It's Only Uncertainty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Managers are bombarded with advice from consultants, professors, business journalists, and assorted management "gurus" on how to manage their employees. A lot of this advice is well thought out and valuable. Much of it, however, is a gross generalization, ambiguous, inconsistent, or superficial. Some of it is even just downright wrong. Regardless of the quality, there doesn't seem to be any slowdown in the outpouring of this advice. Quite to the contrary. Books on business and management have replaced sex, self-help, and weight loss as topics on many nonfiction best-sellers lists.

I've been teaching and writing about managing people at work for 30 years. As part of my writing efforts, I have read upwards of 25,000 research studies on human behavior. While my practitioner friends are often quick to criticize research and theory-testing, this research has provided us with innumerable insights into human behavior. Unfortunately, to date there has been no short, concise summary of behavioral research that cuts through the jargon to give managers the truth about what works and doesn't work when it comes to managing people at work. Well, this is no longer true. This book has been written to fill that void.

I've organized this book around key, human-behavior-related problem areas that managers face: hiring, motivation, leadership, communication, team building, conflict management, job design, evaluating performance, and coping with change. Within each problem area, I've identified a select set of topics that are relevant to managers and where there is substantial research evidence to draw upon. In addition, I've included suggestions to help readers apply this information to improve their managerial effectiveness. And at the back of the book, I've listed references upon which the chapters are based.

Who was this book written for? Practicing managers and those aspiring to a management position—from CEOs to supervisor wannabes. I wrote it because I believe you shouldn't have to read through detailed textbooks in human resources or organizational behavior to learn the truth about managing people at work. Nor should you have to attend an executive development course at a prestigious university to get the straight facts. What you get from this book, of course, will depend on your current knowledge about organizational behavior. Recent MBAs, for instance, will find this book to be a concise summary of the evidence they spent many months studying. For individuals who haven't kept current with research in organizational behavior or for those with little formal academic training, this book should provide a wealth of new insights into managing people at work.

You'll find each of the 63 topics in this book is given its own short chapter. And each chapter is essentially independent from the others. You can read them in any order you desire. Best of all, you needn't tackle this book in one sitting. It's been designed for multiple "quick reads." Read a few chapters, put it down, then pick it up again at a later date. There's no continuous story line that has to be maintained.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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