I'm not a big fan of books on management. Most of them look just like cooking books to me, which means they are useless unless your are a good cook already. Additionally, I prefer theories based on solid data and I'm generally very skeptical about preaching of "gurus" of any kind and in particular of management kind. Consequently, when Gorazd Golob lay down on my desk the book "First, Break All the Rules" I was very skeptical about it. But Gorazd insisted that I should read it and I'm still grateful to him for his insistence. The book "First Break All the Rules" is based on a comprehensive research study conducted by Gallup Organization over a span of twenty-five years. In this study, Gallup Organization interviewed over 80.000 managers at 400 different organizations in order to establish what is defining trait of successful managers. After thoroughly analyzing the data they have come with a conclusion that competence of managers should be measured by a set of twelve questions that capture managers' ability to attract, focus, and keep the most talented employees.
Just like Gorazd insisted some years ago that I should read this book, I'm pressing all of you who manage people to read this book too. And once you'll read the book go and ask your team: "Do you know what is expected of you at work?" You might be very surprised by the answers you will get.
Check out these recommended reads - 10 books every new entrepreneur should take a look through: 1. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins.
- The Job Is Not the Work (johnnywarehouse.wordpress.com)