Management is the art of influencing others to achieve organization goals, and in the bargain, achieve the manager's, and the employee's, personal goals. As the book makes clear, management is not for everybody, but if a career in management looks like the path you want to take to achieve life satisfaction then this book may help you understand what management - and leadership - really is, and what it takes to master the dynamics of influencing others.
Executive Coach by day; author/writer by night, though these days it's mostly writer day and night with the occasional consulting gig.
I have [self-]published eight books so far: the latest a novel about a boy growing up in a small village in 1960s Ontario. In 2020 we released 'Travels With Myself' about my transition through grief to a renewed sense of purpose following a novel in 2019 about the loss of love [Amitié, A Novel]; three on career and management effectiveness [The Dynamics of Management]; and two memoirs about the family dogs [The Maxim Chronicles and its sequel, The Hallelujah Chorus]. My blog, Travels With Myself II continues with reflections on life, purpose, self-discovery, and writing. I hope to get back to The Philippines soon to continue my research for my next opus, The Girl from Santa Rita. A couple of romances are lurking somewhere too.
I am the Principal in my own firm, AFS Consulting, in Ottawa. Canada. I spent the first twenty years of my career in industry in Human Resources Management, and the next twenty in consulting in organization and management effectiveness. In addition to my books and blogs as Doug Jordan, author, I have also written dozens of articles on management, and life. You can investigate these at http://www.afsconsulting.ca/blog/ I have a B.A. in Politics and Economics and an MBA from Queen’s University, Kingston.
In all these endeavours I hope to entertain, possibly to educate.
I'm sure there are many people who dream of a career in "management", but as this books makes very clear, management is not for everyone.
This book is meant to be read in tandem with taking Doug Jordan's AFS Consulting course, but reads well on its own as well. It is concise, easy to read and understand, and offers clear advice and steps one can take to become an effective manager.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First-Reads