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The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive

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A game-changing approach to managementToo often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstan ...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Jossey-Bass (first published September 7th 2011)
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Kara
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Griffith clearly (and fairly concisely) talks about how to become a "plugged-in manager." In this case, that means how to make sure you understand all of the inputs and stakeholders before making a decision.

In a lot of ways, this is just project management. She has a section on business objectives that basically says you need to define what you're doing, why you're doing it, and who/what it will affect. Pretty straightforward stuff. She does add a bit of technology bits in there, but I really wo
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Jacob
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
During August 2012 I read "The Plugged-In Manager" by Terri Griffith as part of the 12 Books Online Book Group. This book is a unique perspective to making decisions and creating culture central to balancing the people, technology, and processes in an organization. The basic premise is to train the reader to understand the impact on these three things and outline a process by which the manager can keep continual balance.

I particularly liked the chapter that discussed the practice of Stop-Look-Li
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Adrian C.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terri Griffith is a Professor of Management at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. From her location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, I find that her approaches are more directly applicable and less theoretical than other leadership books. In addition, her work incorporates technology into the role of leadership which reflects the latest ways that businesses work and leaders collaborate. Dr. Griffith demonstrates that you can't manage through people, technology, or organizatio ...more
Jay Oza
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Disclaimer:
I received this book for free by 12booksgroup.com as part of a contest that I entered. The only condition I had to satisfy was to read the book and provide a review (good or bad) afterwards.

Key takeaway of the book:
This is a very good book if you are looking for an innovative approach in managing people to get the maximum out of employees to compete and win.

Review:

I like this book a lot because it is short, easy to understand and very practical.

The book defines “plugged-in” manag
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Denise Stokes
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
As someone who also works as an adjunct professor, with undergrads, I certainly understand the teaching technique of repeating the same thing over and over again. Terri L. Griffith uses the same technique from cover to cover of her book The Plugged-In Manager. It's not a bad thing, especially in a classroom, because that's how learning begins to take place - using repetition.

She attended conferences, interviewed company CEO's, VP's, consultants and other authors. Griffith also presents case stu
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Mike
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book expands on the idea of a fully integrated management style that it calls "plugged-in". The main idea seemed to be a style that integrated information from all sources, both internal and external, and developing innovative solutions to problems on the fly. For me the book started off slow but when it started to talk about specific examples and showed how to relate those to the plugged-in concepts it got more interesting. I also found the assessment exercises in the second half of the bo ...more
Becky
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It's interesting, because on one hand it's very easy to see the point the author is trying to make. (It probably helps being a member of a generation who grew up with the internet, social networking, etc. On the other hand, she offers little in the way of guidance on how to encourage acceptance of these ideas in an organization of "technology immigrants".
Terri Griffith
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone in an organization of any size
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A game-changing approach to management. Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organiz
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Terri Griffith is Associate Dean and Professor of Management at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. From her location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Terri helps people innovate around organizational design and technology management.

Terri is the author of The Plugged-In Manager, published by Jossey-Bass. Based on over 25 years of experience and research, dozens of interviews a
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