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First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently Kindle Edition
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What separates the greatest managers from all the rest?
They actually have vastly different styles and backgrounds. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They don’t hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They don’t believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything they set their mind to. They don’t try to help people overcome their weaknesses. And, yes, they even play favorites.
In this longtime management bestseller, Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its massive in-depth study of great managers. Some were in leadership positions. Others were front-line supervisors. Some were in Fortune 500 companies; others were key players in small, entrepreneurial firms. Whatever their circumstances, the managers who ultimately became the focus of Gallup’s research were those who excelled at turning each individual employee’s talent into high performance.
Gallup has found that the front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. This book explains how the best managers select an employee for talent rather than for skills or experience, set expectations, build on each person’s unique strengths rather than trying to fix their weaknesses, and get the best performance out of their teams.
And perhaps most important, Gallup’s research produced the 12 simple statements that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from all the rest. First, Break All the Rules is the first book to present this essential measuring stick and to prove the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction and the rate of turnover.
First, Break All the Rules presents vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level — and best of all, shows you how to apply them to your own situation.
The authors have culled their observations from more than 80,000 interviews conducted by Gallup during the past 25 years. Quoting leaders such as basketball coach Phil Jackson, Buckingham and Coffman outline "four keys" to becoming an excellent manager: Finding the right fit for employees, focusing on strengths of employees, defining the right results, and selecting staff for talent--not just knowledge and skills. First, Break All the Rules offers specific techniques for helping people perform better on the job. For instance, the authors show ways to structure a trial period for a new worker and how to create a pay plan that rewards people for their expertise instead of how fast they climb the company ladder. "The point is to focus people toward performance," they write. "The manager is, and should be, totally responsible for this." Written in plain English and well organized, this book tells you exactly how to improve as a supervisor. --Dan Ring--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01E7M6INO
- Publisher : Gallup Press; 1st edition (May 3 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 5989 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 384 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,797 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The paradigm introduced in this book has quickly turned into the foundational framework from which I lead and encourage others to lead and manage teams. Simultaneously practical and immediately applicable. In a sea of business books based on theories, ideas and the latest 12 min. Ted talk -- it's refreshing to encounter a perspective that's rooted in data. Lots of data. Research that was gathered and compiled by Gallup. Similar in approach to the research effort put forth by Jim Collins and his team which formed the foundation of "Good To Great".
This is a must-read for my first time managers and I can't recommend it enough. I only wish I could find a time machine and recommend it to myself 10 years ago...I'm sure my former reports would also appreciate it.
Be inspired...spread wings and let others dreams. This book lets you honour managers to know why they are special and not scared by you MBA.
When you are educated everyone benefits...not justva selected few blessed ones.
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But I can't give it more than a 3 because it's all hidden behind a wall of "Gallup did this, with this many people, for this reason, because this reason, and Gallup were the first to do this, because this, this and this affected this, this and this, for this many people.
As with many business books, you could cut comfortably half the content and only stand to gain.
Overall, I found the conclusions outdated and not ground breaking, certainly nothing to live up to the title "break all the rules". All the principles proposed as common knowledge and part of most training courses or reading material in this subject. The book may have been revolutionary in the past but not now.
I also found the content could have been condensed into a shorter book and still convey as much information.
My paperback copy, now around two years old, is covered in highlighter pen, plastered in post-it notes and is referred to again and again. My boss bought copies for everyone in our office on my recommendation and I've recommended it to dozens of managers that I've worked with and coached.
It just makes sense. First there's Gallup's research pedigree (in this case more than a million interviews over twenty five years), then there's the concept: if you want to know how the world's greatest managers get exceptional performance from their people, don't ask the managers - ask the people.
From all this research, Gallup have distilled the essence of great management (arguably, great leadership) into 12 questions. If your employees can answer positively to all 12 questions, then you will have built a great place to work and will undoubtedly have highly motivated, highly productive people.
What makes this such a great book (in addition to the above) is the writing style. It's not dry research findings, it's fascinating snippets of conversations, analogies, humour and a compelling argument.
This turns conventional management wisdom on its head in a very refreshing way. It also says 'there's no standard for Great Manager that you have to try to be. Anyone can do it if they get these fundamental building blocks in place' (the 12 questions).
If you buy this book, I would also highly recommend the follow up 'Now, Discover Your Strengths' to gain further insights into how you can tap more of your own potential and more of those around you at work.
If you manage people, or aspire to, you must read 'First, break All The Rules'. As a result, you will understand that if you have any performance problems amongst your people it's not them - it's the environment you've created that they work within. In some cases that will mean redeploying them (possibly outside your organisation). However, in most cases, this book will show you how, with a little fine tuning, you can turn a mediocre performer into a superstar.
Buy this book. Improve your managerial performance.