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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People (with featured article “Leadership That Gets Results,” by Daniel Goleman)

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Managing people is fraught with challenges—even if you're a seasoned manager. Here's how to handle them.

If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles (featuring “Leadership That Gets Results,” by Daniel Goleman). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your employees'
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Published February 7th 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published December 23rd 2010)
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Ioana
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Does what it says on the tin - "If you read nothing else on managing people, read these definitive articles". I would say that these are especially catered towards newer managers, since they are on topics that more experienced managers would have already come across, such as how people learn, how to work together with your boss or overcoming biases. My favourite one was "Leadership that Gets Results", the one that the book actually opens with, which categorises the different approaches a manager ...more
Sanjay
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
2-3 articles are good. Not all. Could have been a better selection. Have read superior collections from HBR, like HBR 10 essential reads.
Rachel
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
“There is one quality that sets truly great managers apart from the rest: They discover what is unique about each person and then capitalize on it.”

“Individuals are most likely to trust and cooperate freely with systems—whether they themselves win or lose by those systems—when fair process is observed.”


Managing people is fraught with challenges—even if you're a seasoned manager. Here's how to handle them. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most imp
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Barry Davis
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of HBR articles by business leaders.
Goleman, Daniel - Leadership that Gets Results
Herzberg, Frederick - One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?
Manzoni, Jean-Francois and Barsoux, Jean-Louis - The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome
Walker, Carol A. - Saving Your Rookie Managers from Themselves
Buckingham, Marcus - What Great Managers Do
Kim, W. Chan and Mauborgne, Renee - Fair Process: Managing in the Knowledge Economy
Argyris, Chris - Teaching Smart People to Learn
Banaji, Mahzari
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Charles Hall III
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Good compilation of articles over managing people in a corporate setting. The writing and topics covered seem to be geared toward management neophytes like myself, and having very little knowledge on the subject, I found the ideas enlightening. I particularly appreciated the article on the hygiene-motivation theory, as well as those by Goleman, and Gabarro and Kotter. The rest were skim-worthy and a bit redundant but still helpful if the goal is to familiarize oneself with the culture of the bus ...more
Subbu Ananth
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of chapters. Reading thru these chapters is like attending a management class with the masters like Daniel Goleman, Chris Argyris and Mahzarin Banaji. I enjoyed the chapters on "Saving your rookie managers" and "How (un)ethical are you?". These articles forced me to rethink common pitfalls and how I approach them. The best part is that many of these bookish reads can be put to use in real world environment right away. Many of them work. But, as the collection points out, busin ...more
Iqbal Preet
May 26, 2020 added it
Shelves: business
To be honest,

before reading this book, I felt that I am invincible and I am an amazing manager...
However, after reading this book, I found out that I am lacking a lot of things which are needed to be an amazing manager.
I am a new manager and I have a lot of things that I need to learn and communication is one of the key areas I need to learn to be an effective manager.
I consider myself an affiliative manager with tendency of being authoritative in some instances. I am more on the affiliative
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Andrew
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a solid little management handbook with lots of good tips, lessons, and vignettes. The book lives up to its "Must Read" moniker, and I dare say should be read by all new managers. Some of these articles were written decades ago but are still relevant today, which speaks to the timeless nature of management principles. Even the most seasoned managers have room to improve, and so I thank HBR for curating the best essays for inclusion in this small, but really good book. ...more
Andrea Tripp
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book touched upon many important concepts in organizational behavior including motivation, conflict, culture, group development and performance, innovation, and leadership. I believe this book has provided a few helpful tools that I may need to use in the future. The book was enjoyable to me because the authors often challenged my existing assumptions and allowed me to reflect upon my own proficiency at managing others.
iTZKooPA
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-and-read
Some good reads in here if you're a coach and leader type or aspiring to be. There some blah as well. Find what's relevant and focus on those topics.

I am always pining for more articles on leading and coaching remote colleagues as someone in consulting space. Furthermore, there is also a dearth of content for leading and coaching those that aren't working on the same thing you are. We work for different clients often in completely different industry sectors. Book idea?
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Donna
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
It was okay - one of the articles resonated with me to the point I wanted to find the digital copy and find email it to Human Resources and an old Manager, but that's probably a story for another time. Some of the articles didn't apply (but that's a me thing) and I didn't quite find them helpful. One or two were REALLY outdated, even for a 2011 book and honestly it feels like the book needs to be updated because of it, but it is what it is. ...more
Vipul
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Some of the articles are too long and repetitive. I found that reading the 'Idea In Brief' and 'Idea In Practice' boxes first is a good way to get the gist of the full article. Lessons contained within this book are worthy of the reader's attention, even if you don't manage people in a professional capacity. ...more
Lorraine
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I recommend reading this book while taking refresher managing classes. Even though it comprises essays written quite a while ago, they stand the test of time, regarding business skills people managing others (or have this as a goal) should be aware of, developing, and brushing up on as they go through their careers.
Diana Ladeira
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The articles within are interesting and helpful. Not all have the same quality or usability (at least for me). I believe this book is a touch base since managing people can have subtleties, but at its core it remains the same (some of the articles are over 30 years but are still valid nowadays).
Overall I recommend this book.
Teresa
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first article is from book "What Makes a Leader - Why Emotional Intelligence Matters ".Fair Process is from book "Blue Ocean Strategy". Leadership styles, how to motivate, set-up-to-fail Syndrome, Rookie managers, the game of chess, fair process, how to learn, bias (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/), discipline of teams, managing your boss. ...more
George
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this straight through because someone loaned it to me; this isn't the kind of book you read that way and I found it tedious. As a result, I look back and realize I didn't really take much away from it. These books are best for a library -- "I need to learn about X, oh here is an article on it...great!" ...more
Brooke
4.5 stars, rounding up. I found the principles in this book to be really helpful. The first story seemed to drag on, but for the most part each one after that I was able to get into and apply to current work situations. I couldn’t believe that many of the articles were so old but still relevant. Can’t wait to read more HBR books.
David Goetz
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super helpful. The best articles, in my judgment, were four: "Leadership that Gets Results," "Saving your Rookie Managers from Themselves," "Fair Process: Managing in the Knowledge Economy," and "Teaching Smart People How to Learn." I wish I'd read these a long time ago. ...more
Vanessa
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New insights and discoveries on how to manage people. I read this book after reading Dale Carnegie's and it gave me broader knowledge about the subject. Useful to HR professionals and people managers. ...more
Filipa
DNF

This 10 Must Reads on Managing People would definitely benefit from a better selection. I read the first 5 articles - the first 3 were really good and the other 2 were just meh and really, I just skimmed through the rest of the articles because I think they weren't really that good.
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Camilo Angel
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Particularly enjoyed the article titled “What Great Managers Do.” Basic premise: use peoples’ strengths for the betterment of the company. Don’t focus on roles, focus on associates’ character traits and skills that will enable your company’a mission fulfillment.
Marlene
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew that is different leadership types but once you recognize in which one you are, is a lot better in order to get along with everyone. You not only learn about you, but also how to bring your team to the north that you want to reach.
Very good book.
Bjorn Martensson
Being a collection of articles, there's not a "story" like in a traditional books. Some of the articles were very interesting, others were not applicable to my situation. But overall, it was interesting and recommended for managers. ...more
Joy
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this while launching the Exchanges in 2013. I share some of these chapters with new/young managers.
Eman Abdulaziz
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good book with wide cover of how to deal with people at workplace. It has some catching articles, but my favorite and most useful was "Managing Your Boss". ...more
Attila
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Few good articles, most content is not however, not well written, and things that I downright disagree with.
Mircea Nistor
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not complaining about it but it's not what I was looking for. ...more
Quinn Selby
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
4/5 because the content to the articles were too often laden with suporvoulous examples. BUUUT wading through these, this book is replete with succinct insights!
Nelson Faria
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great articles collection!
A must read.
Erin Dues
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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