The bestseller that revolutionized management′s vision of itself
In the mid–1980s, the notion that the most successful managers are no longer heroic, but share power and responsibility, was so revolutionary that it bordered on heresy. But the ideas championed by David Bradford and Allan Cohen in Managing for Excellence proved so effective that, virtually overnight, thousands of skeptical upper–level managers became true believers.
Managing for Excellence isn′t just for CEOs, presidents, and veeps–the battle–tested methods laid out in this book help middle managers turn the strategic designs of upper management into reality. Bradford and Cohen reveal how great managers succeed by bringing out the best in their employees. They show managers how to:
∗ Develop a cohesive team that jointly owns critical management issues
∗ Deal with difficult problems head–on and make core decisions through consensus
∗ Encourage healthy competition against objective standards of excellence
∗ Be decisive leaders while encouraging input from team members
∗ Manage daily procedures, adapt to change, and maintain a vision of the future simultaneously
The Manager as Technician or Conductor: Heroic Models of Leadership.
The Post–Heroic Leader: The Manager–as–Developer.
Getting the Most from Everyone: Developing and Utilizing Subordinates′ Abilities.
Building a Shared–Responsibility Team.
You Can Get There from Here: Moving from Adequacy to Excellence.
How to Get There from Here Even if You′re Starting Upstream without a Paddle: Implementation under Tough Conditions.
Afterword: Ten Myths of Post–Heroic Leadership.