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50 Cautionary Tales for Managers: An Entertaining Collection of Enlightening Parables For Managers [Paperback]

Dr Peter Honey
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1 Jan 1900
Managing is a perilous business: how to 'let go' yet stay in touch, how to balance short-term tactics with longer-term strategy, how to motivate people to do more with less, how to 'walk the talk' when you don't feel like it, how simultaneously to be an inspirational leader and an effective manager - the dilemmas are endless. Peter Honey has spent more than 35 years advising managers, from a wide cross-section of functions and organisations, and draws on his experiences in this entertaining, insightful book. The whole of management life is revealed in 50 short stories, some sad, some funny - all based on real managers and real events. You'll find control-freaks, autocrats, egotists, bullies, perfectionists, ditherers and eccentrics as well as a few managers simply striving to do their best in difficult circumstances. Peter Honey bravely offers each flawed manager practical advice in a bid to improve their performance and make life more tolerable for their colleagues. The result is a realistic, engaging and ultimately effective book from which any manager, at whatever level, can learn a great deal.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (1 Jan 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845281098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845281090
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Either read the advice and act on it, or buy another copy, stick a Post-It note in the relevant chapter, and send it to the manager in question" Recommended. -- Better Business

An engaging book, Dr Honey’s avuncular style and fondness for incidental detail makes for a relaxed read. -- Octavius Black, People Management Magazine

About the Author

Dr Peter Honey, regarded as one of the world's leading gurus on learning and behaviour and their application to making people more effective in the work place is best known for the Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire that was first published in 1982. Since then, Peter Honey Publications has produced a stream of high quality resources promoting learning for individuals, teams and organisations. Peter also manages to be a prolific author, consultant and speaker. He is based in Maidenhead, Berks.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic Tales 14 Sep 2008
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
In this book Peter Honey gives us a series of short, readable and light-hearted tales on management. You will certainly recognise traits of managers you have worked with here; and, if you are honest, yourself. Nevertheless it is difficult to know what the purpose of these tales is - apart from wry amusement. They are short and, therefore, simplistic - "the manager who was hooked on initiatives"; "the manager who oozed cliches"; etc. They don't really tell us much. The learning points delivered by Dr Honey as short homilies are occasionaly interesting, but largely obvious; and there is little to learn. Too obvious to be used for training or coaching; and too simplistic to use effectively with managers who take themselves too seriously to appreciate their wry humour; I am not sure how you would use them. Easy, amusing bedtime or airport reading sure, but I am not sure what other purpose these tales might serve.
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By Micky
Peter Honey tells thought-provoking stories about real-life managers which spark off ideas about what ANYONE can do in their own situation. This book is enjoyable and sensible, down to earth and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from stories 3 July 2006
Stories are a good way of learning. These cautionary tales give a human face to real situations many will recognise - coupled with wise and practical advice. Much more enjoyable and useful than most management textbooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and practical 28 Jun 2006
As most management books try to kid managers that they can do what needs doing in only one minute or that they need hero-like superpowers to achieve anything worthwhile, Dr Honey's book comes as a refreshing, easy-to-read and practical alternative. Many of the points he makes might appear obvious but not only will you see yourself within these pages you'll find the solutions there too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, effective and erudite 27 Jun 2006
There are so many books on "management" that one feels that there is hardly a need for more. There is if they are as easy to read interesting as Peter Honey's 50 Cautionary tales for Managers.The format is dfferent, it takes the form of a series of short stories, each featuring a manager whose performance is somehow flawed. All the managers are real and at some time were met or worked with by the author. The range of types and situations is wide. Some of the managers were trying to cope with problems, others were the problem!!
After each story the author, in his own words, slips into Agony Aunt mode and offers pertinent advice to the featured manager. The advice has resonance for most of us who need to get things done through other people. Stories with "messages" are often dreary, not these, some are sad,some are very funny, all are thought provoking. I'm sure every reader will have their favourite(s), I paticularly liked Simon and Henry in story 25 and hated Bob in story 3.
There/s a lot of engaging detail and the managers, despite the brevity of individual stories, are real and believable. The stories, without the author's advice,would make excellent case studies and discussion pieces.
In addition to the stories and the advice they generated I enjoyed the seven sets of perils which lurk in wait for unsuspecting managers.and i loved the line managers Lament with its refrain of "Because I'm too busy".I have to admit that I could recognise bits of myself in a number of the stories. Despite this I found this an enjoyable and useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be a better boss 15 Jun 2006
This is an exceptional book for ordinary people. Peter Honey has managed to assemble every flaw and foible in the characters of junior managers right up to directors. He has crafted these into a superb collection of short, very readable stories. Forget your MBAs, this book provides a detailed commentary on the most challenging and worst aspects of managerial life - it is worth remembering that despite increasing standards in management development rather too many people still suffer from boss-induced stress. But this is not a dark book, Peter's lightness of touch and down-to-earth advice leaves one with a feeling of optimism and opportunity.

You will immediate recognise the manager who is hooked on initiatives, the one who won't go home or who constantly tinkers with reports. These will make you nod sagely or smile smugly. But will you recognise yourself? I certainly did; it made me think and laugh in equal measure.

If you are a senior woman who is more macho than your male colleagues, or who uses flirting to win favour, then your story is as yet untold, for all the tales are of men. The gaps though are small. Whether you are manager or managed, there is something here for everyone. I urge you to read it, learn from it and then leave it on your boss's desk!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey does it again
I wonder if there are others who share both my 'iritation' and admiration for Peter Honey

'Irritation' stems from Honey's unfailing ability to to analyse managerial... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2006 by Raymond Campsie
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Book!
This book is a MUST HAVE for managers at all stages of their careers. Those starting out will find lots of helpful advice and insights about managing real people. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2006 by A. Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST WHAT BUSY PEOPLE NEED
Peter Honey has given us the goods again - this, his latest book, provides a wealth of insight and plenty of ideas to follow up as both busy managers and as trainers and... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by I. C. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all managers!!
Read this fascinating and humerous book about real-life managers and real-life situations and I'll guarantee you've met one or two!! You may even feature in the book!! Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by M. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Cautionary Tales - another winner from Peter Honey
Well written, easy to read, relevant and highly entertaining. All the things you would expect from Peter Honey. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by Fiona Beddoes-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for anyone Managing or Coaching an 'interesting'...
This is a really good read as well as being full of practical advice and you will definitely spot the Manager that stands out in your memory as more than slightly odd (we've all... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2006 by Danny
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