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A Manager's Guide to Self Development.
on 5 September 2013
One of the key things I liked about this book is that it encourages managers to take responsibility for their own development. It is not prescriptive (do it like this) but makes suggestions that can be adapted to a person's particular circumstances (here is something that we found worked elsewhere, give it a go and see what happens).
I also liked that this book is very readable. It is constructed in a way that makes it easy to find what you want, couched in easily accessible terminology, and fits models and concepts into real-life scenarios, addressing the reader as an individual.
There are 4 elements to the book. Firstly a short section telling you how the book works, and how to find your way around it. Secondly, a section giving guidelines on how to formulate a workable development plan. Thirdly a section with some excellent activities, all of which are explained in terms of their benefits and outcomes. There is a useful table to help you choose activities appropriate to your need, and all are designed to be completed within a relatively short space of time, acknowledging that managers are busy people. The final section is targeted at trainers, so if you wish to incorporate some of the exercises into development programmes, this section will help you do that.
This book will be an asset to me as an individual manager as well as a designer of management training courses. Wish I'd known about it ages ago!!