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Fast Thinking Manager's Manual: Manage at the Speed of Life Paperback – 26 Aug 2004


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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (26 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273681052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273681052
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…this essential manual gives the clever tips and vital information you need to make the best of your last-minute preparation."Business A.M. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fast Thinking Manager’s Manual second edition

Ros Jay and Richard Templar

 

 

Time is short and life is fast. You’ve never got enough hours in the day to prepare as well as you’d like for those critical managerial tasks. You need Fast Thinking.

 

The second edition of this comprehensive manual covers all the major situations you might face with less than the ideal amount of time to prepare; whether you need to conduct an interview or an appraisal, run a team meeting, tackle a budget or prepare a presentation, this is the book that tells you what you need to know and only what you need to know. It’s the smart way to get through the day.

 

Equipped with the vital things to say, do and remember, the Fast Thinking Manager’s Manual gives you the shine that makes you look as if you’ve been polishing for weeks.

 

If you’re up against the clock, you need Fast Thinking.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fenelon on 22 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book probably won't actually teach you much about management - but what it WILL do is remind you how to put what you've discovered on the job or through training into practice, and how to think like a manager. It seems to be aimed at the nonspecialist or beginning manager, possibly with other non-managerial responsibilities - at least, I've found it almost perfectly suited to myself and and that describes my role!
I bought it about a year after I first had line-management responsibility and found (and still find) it a good quick reference and reminder on how to do most of the managerial things I find myself doing day-to-day.
You'll need your own company's procedures to hand, but Jay and her co-writers describe the basics of planning, finance, HR, team leading, project management, meetings, presentations, research, reports, personal effectiveness and some of the skills you'll need to do these tasks well.
The style is informal - perhaps a little too informal - but in general this is a well-organised book that helps you focus on what you should be thinking about and when.
The overall approach is very much on getting things done right, and fast. The book is divided into 19 sections each dealing with one common managerial task or function; the sections start by discussing your objectives and then introduce tactics and techniques that help you achieve them. A lot of bullet points, checklists and sidebars point out do's, dont's and potential pitfalls. The layout is consistent and easy to use - after having worked through one section you'll be comfortable with the rather disjointed style and by the time you've used a few you'll be very comfortable with the approach and using the structure to guide your own thinking.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dunatis on 25 April 2001
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This book has all the bits in that you should really already know as a manager, but you do not always seem to remember. What is more the book is well structured and it is possible to refresh your memory easily and quickly just when you need to. It is not a book that will give you any groundbreaking, breath-taking pearls of wisdom, however, what it will do is ensure that you do things the way they should be done. That is more than can be said about most managers I have meet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2005
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I came across this book a few years ago and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is practical,clear and lays out your options for how to tackle situations dependent on whether you only have an hour to do the task, a day, a week etc. When I was a new manager this got me out of many a hole and also enabled me to speak with authority on topics that I had little experience of. I have loaned my copy out to new managers in my organistation and almost all have bought their own copy. Practical, easy to read with definite plans as to how to resolve difficult issues. This book is no substitute for experience but it will help you make the most of your time and help you learn and reflect when things don't quite pan out. If you are a new manager and waiting for training or find it difficult to ask for or get help in practical tasks, buy this! It will help you sleep at night!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
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This book is definitely worth having on your bookeshelf; it is a compendium of useful information and guidelines, covering dozens of everyday management issues and situations. It's the kind of stuff every manager probably knows (or should), all compiled into one volume. The reason I only give it three stars, is that the writing stile continously reminds us of how pushed for time the reader is, with phrases such as 'Ok, don't panic...' 'Time is short now...' and 'You've left it to the last minute; now what?...' . This language in itself left me feeling slightly panicky and out of breath, rather than leaving the reader feeling calm and in control, which should be one of the outcomes of effective management.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2001
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This is it! Every management tool i will ever need in one highly entertaining and easy to read volume. I have already cleared my desk, prepared my budgets and conducted staff appraisals using the techniques in this manual - fantastic. my boss thinks I'm a genius. I love the style of writing - it makes business seem fun and easy and yet i am learning a great deal. this manual will revolutionise my working life. Thank you indeed.
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