Monday, January 9, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About Managing People by Stephen Robbins


ABOUT THE BOOK (From Amazon):

“The premiere writer of management textbooks has sifted through the research to extract the truths every manager should know. This book is an antidote for the unsupported opinions handed out in many popular management books.”
Kenneth W. Thomas, Professor of Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, author of Intrinsic Motivation at Work

“A prolific scholar and writer, Robbins cuts through the research and theory to deliver immediately useful and essential insights for the effective management of people.”
Eric G. Stephan, Professor Organizational Leadership & Strategy, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University

You can succeed brilliantly as a leader and overcome the “killer” problems faced by every manager!

• The truth about building winning teams and designing high-productivity jobs
•  The truth about why “happy” employees aren’t always more productive
•  The (surprising) truth about what behaviors you really want to reward

This book reveals 53 Proven Principles for handling virtually every management challenge

The Truth About Managing People offers real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. You'll discover: how to overcome the true obstacles to teamwork; why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little; how to improve your hiring and employee evaluations; how to heal "layoff survivor sickness"; even how to learn charisma. This isn't someone's opinion; it's a definitive, evidence-based guide to effective management: a set of bedrock principles you can rely on throughout your entire management career.

MY REVIEW:

I have supervised people in some capacity in my professional life for about 7 years now.  Early on, when I was put into a role that involved supervising 2-3 people, I learned that managing people can be challenging.  Over the years, as that number has grown, I have learned that "one size" does not fit all when it comes to working with a variety of different personalities and skill sets.

This book is a great resource for any manager, whether brand new or a veteran.  Robbins discusses every aspect of management from the initial interview (what type of person to look for and hire) to motivating workers, team building, communication, how organizations deal with change, etc.  I learned new things about myself and about people in general that will help me in my role as a supervisor.

I took notes furiously as I was reading and there are many great quotes I could share, but I want to share one particular quote that absolutely blew me away:
What percentage of rank-and-file workers actually desire higher order need satisfactions and will respond positively to challenging jobs? No current data is available, but a study from the 1970s estimated the figure at about 15 percent.
Robbins, Stephen P. (2007-09-20). Truth About Managing People, The (2nd Edition) (p. 166). Pearson Education (US). Kindle Edition. 
If you are a manager, you are likely part of that 15%, so don't treat your role lightly. Embrace the challenge and learn how to hire, motivate and work with your employees for the greatest outcome for your company/organization.

If you read this book, come back and comment on this post with what you learned...

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