The Effective Manager
The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level. Written by the man behind Manager Tools, the world's number-one business podcast, this book distills the author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll...more
1. Your First Responsibility as a Manager Is to Achieve Results.
2. Replacing employees is expensive. When someone leaves, there's the lost work that had been planned for, the cost of interviewing in both money and time, the likely higher salary that will be paid in the event of replacement, the time and expense of training the new employee, and the cost of less productivity by the new employee until that person can match the quality and quantity of work of the person who has left.
* this is NOT a book about leadership
* it's a book about management -> efficient, pragmatic, focused on particular effect
So, if you're looking for tips, techniques, comments regarding: building teams, developing people, aligning to one vision, growing organization, creating a better workplace for everyone, etc. - this is
NOT a book you're looking for.
It isn't a book about project management either - you'll find here nothing about finance, risk, ...more
If you listen to the Manager Tools (MT) podcasts already, consider reading the book anyway. Yes, much of the book’s content is also in the MT Basics podcasts series. You’ll read about One On Ones, the Feedback Model, and coaching.
I’ve learned about these tools in the podcasts before. But I appreciate having a cohesive, scoped ...more
The concepts are pragmatic. The ...more
All the people managers at Turing College read this yesterday. It was an all day book club where we all met at the Java Station coffee shop and read it chapter by chapter with intermediate discussions.
There is also a podcast "Manager Tools" with the same material (and even more so). However, I only recommend it if you like listening to gravelly whiskey sandpaper voices.
Instead, you can read this book yourself in about 4 hours!
It has a lot of ...more
Yet with everything I have learned from these interactions over the years, The Effective Manager is the book that puts it all together. The rhyme, reason and rationale of what it means to be a manager and more importantly, ...more
I would recommend you read this book to learn about how to discuss behavior as a middle manager. He brilliantly outlines how to give feedback (good and bad), keep in touch without being a micromanager, help your direct reports learn new skills, and delegation. This is 85% of the book and some of the best ...more
Other reviews have made the point that this book focuses on management, rather than leadership, and some imply that there is a value judgment there. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure I buy into the ...more
THE APPROACH. Business has changed a lot over last 20 years and so did the office dynamics. While in the sixties it went without saying that a manager is an absolute unquestioned authority lording over the minions, so that the only acceptable response would be "Yes, boss!" things are different now. Relationship between a manager and a subordinate has become more complex, with more power to the latter. Part of this is because newer ...more
The book is designed to steer learning about management. Instead of "born managers" who would say: I just use my personality, it comes naturally to me; we have "trained managers" who say: I ...more
Furthermore, Horstman is incredibly ...more
Like many managers I was placed in the role before I knew what it entailed. All I knew was that I did not want to be a bumbling manager like some of the ones that came before me.
A coworker in a similar situation recommended this book and the authors' podcasts and it has made all the differences.
I have silent reports that I can now talk with. I have a team that alerts me to issues before they rise. I have an agile team that has adapted to a rapidly changing ...more
I think the advice provided is excellent and I intend to implement it. I found sometimes it was a little too similar to the podcast series, ...more
Because I don't really care about the management aspect of this the second half of the book was not very useful. They "get into the weeds" with one on ones and management specific situations, I listened, but didn't feel it pertained to me.
The first couple of chapters - the overview - ...more
One good one I hadn't thought of was feedback is to encourage future effective behavior. Even though you should give feedback as quickly as possible, if you're angry about something, now isn't the time to give the feedback. Feedback isn't for you to vent to feel ...more
1. Get to Know Your People
2. Communicate about Performance
3. Push Work Down
4. Ask for More
There are various processes for doing each, but what I loved was the clarity of the instructions. A book I will return to many times in the future.
I love the manager tools podcasts. Having a companion to refer to is very helpful. Read the book before starting a new manager position with a new organization. I'm sure the techniques will serve me well in this new role. It also helps me remember the kind of manager I want to be and reminds me to discard the bad behaviors I've used in other jobs.
1) Its the most practical, straightforward book on management that I've ever read (and I've read several).
2) I've been using these tools for a few months now and I've seen it produce dividends. I'm a better manager and employee and my directs are growing, hitting their goals, and getting results.
This is a great book and all managers should read it.
Short and sweet. A godsend to managers who didn't get manager training.
Some of the advice is too prescriptive, so ask yourself if it fits and how you'll adjust it to your particular situation.
I'm also listening to the podcast, which is much more wordy (lower signal to noise ratio) but the insights are well worth it (so far!)
Very actionable, sequential guidance any person who has at least one staff member on their team can implement today and over a short phase of about 6 months. Also recommended for aspiring managers. Building relationships are a critical behaviour that provide the foundation for managing people. This book shows you how to do that and more.