Becoming A Better Boss. Why Good Management is So Difficult

  • ID: 2505292
  • Book
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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There are hundreds of books on management.

This is not just another book about what makes an effective manager.

Becoming a Better Boss highlights why well–known advice on good management is so rarely heeded.  By focusing on management through the eyes of an employee, Julian Birkinshaw gives us insightful and helpful advice on what we might do differently both as individual managers of others, and as architects of the organizations in which we work. 

To achieve this, the author has spent time working in the trenches to remind himself what life as an employee feels like, as well as interviewed hundreds of employees and managers and undertaken surveys which have received responses in the thousands.

The resulting book is a radical new look at what makes good management which is applicable to both manager and employee. It takes managers out of their comfort zone and shows how you can do things differently. It shows how the employee can help themselves be managed more effectively and explores the limitations and pathologies of the organizations we work for.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Why Management Matters 1

2 So What Is Good Management Really? 17

3 Getting Inside the Minds of Your Employees: What Makes Them Tick? 35

4 Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Your Employees 57

5 Doing What We Know We Should: Managing As an Unnatural Act 81

6 Experimentation: Functioning in a Broken System 107

7 The Future of Management? 129

Endnotes 143

Index 149

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"Birkinshaw writes persuasively and with a disarming lack of pretension, sprinkling practical advice throughout. But the best aspect of this truly excellent book ... is that the author recognises most management studies ignore the reality of workplaces." (People Management, September 2013)

"This thoughtful, nuanced book advises managers to see the world through the eyes of the employee.... The author has some powerful supporting witnesses." (Financial Times, September 2013) Becoming a Better Boss is a very engaging and informative (IEDP, September 2013)

It s a good read and discusses many of the familiar issues that crop up when trying to get human beings at work to do what you want. (B2B Marketing, October 2013)

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