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Essential Managers: Managing Teams Paperback – 17 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (17 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751306282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751306286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good, solid teams are the backbone of business success. Without teams made up of people prepared to share information, think creatively and move forward, any business gives itself a severe handicap. This pocket book should help managers to grasp what makes a team function well--and badly.

Its chapters cover a full range of topics from understanding team roles and balancing skills to creating goals, improving standards and handing problems. In order to assure its relevance to the widest possible audience, the advice and information is often generalised, and you may need to find more detailed and focused support within your organisation. But the words of wisdom are sound and newcomers to management as well as old hands will find them a handy reference tool. And it is entirely possible that many a bad manager may find a copy of this book "appears" on their desk out of either the courtesy of the good management fairy--or disgruntled staff. -- Sandra Vogel

About the Author

Robert Heller is a leading authority in the world of management consultancy and was the founding editor of Britain's top management magazine, Management Today. He is much in demand as a conference speaker in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. As editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Group, Robert Heller supervised the launch of several highly successful magazines such as Campaign, Computing and Accountancy Age. His many acclaimed - and worldwide bestselling - books include The Naked Manager, Culture Shock, The Age of the Common Millionaire, The Way to Win (with Will Carling), The Complete Guide to Modern Management, and In Search of European Excellence.


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This short book uses Dorling Kindersley's lively and distinctive page layout style with short paragraphs and lots of pictures. However, squeezing the topics into pages has made it suffer a bit.

Many pages cover the same topics over and over again (the social benefits and problems of team formation) or put ideas on the wrong page. Many pictures are trivial, being either rather odd flow charts, or pictures of office workers talking.

I was also hoping for a short and punchy summary of the tasks and skills that managers perform. While these are mentioned, it's not really clear. There isn't a page about keeping a schedule. Gantt charts are not mentioned. Recruitment is covered very briefly.

From the two word title, this book is almost entirely about "Teams" and has very little about "Managing". If that's the book you want, then go ahead and read it.
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Very basic, not quite what I anticipated.
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