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First Among Equals: How To Manage A Group Of Professionals [Kindle Edition]

Patrick J. McKenna , David Maister
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Jim Kouzesco-author of "The Leadership Challenge" and "Encouraging the Heart" and Chairman Emeritus, tompeters!companyMcKenna and Maister turn the often elusive and obscure concept of leadership into something tangible and accessible. With rich detail and straight talk they offer practical lessons, usable tools, and case examples from the real world. This is advice and counsel you can trust, and every manager of professionals (no, every manager in any setting) should take it to heart.

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Managing people when you're not their boss is a challenge, particularly in professional service firms where, increasingly, top professionals are being tapped to lead their peers. Now Patrick McKenna and David Maister provide a 'play book' for professionals trying to be both a team member and coach.
In industies ranging from banking and insurance to law and engineering, as well as in research labs and software companies, management responsibility is increasingly delegated - ususally without guidance - to those who head up smaller teams of professionals. FIRST AMONG EQUALS speaks directly to those who have gone from focusing on their own performance to being a group manager in charge of leading others. From understanding the group leader role to setting terms of reference and effectively dealing with talented prima donnas, McKenna and Maister present a thorough introduction to managing and orchestrating talent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (11 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHEKUCC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, sensible and full of wisdom ..... 20 July 2002
By Jon Jay
Format:Hardcover
The many testimonials quoted in the front of the book sum it up.
I am a Project Manager who is familiar with the challenges of building temporary teams. This book deals with it all - from building team spirit and motivation, to dealing with difficult team members and disputes. The authors show how to build up the trust and respect a team leader needs to head up people he has no real authority over. But the advice here is good not just for PMs but also for Supervisors, Team Leaders and other Middle Managers.
It's obvious that McKenna and Maister have done this in practice, not just in theory. Their style is sensible and mature. Where some of their techniques may not be completely appropriate for a British workforce, at least their realism provokes consideration.
This book should be read by anyone who takes "man-management" seriously. I want people to enjoy working for me and to walk away from my Projects feeling enriched and fulfilled. This book may well help me achieve that.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Keith Appleyard VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Gripe no. 1 : I hope its not going to become a common occurrence in business books, but there were 7 pages of 35 advance reviews (but 5 of them were only 2 lines which said little). Let me decide for myself if the book is any good – show me the product. Also, I work in IT, but there didn't seem to be a single reviewer with an IT background?
The book looks at the leader/manager/coach of a disparate group of professionals, assuming a mix of seniors & juniors.
I think the book isn't just for the leader/manager/coach – because in many such groups today, there can be rotation (time-based or task-based) where any of the group of professionals might be called upon to perform the leadership / coaching / mentoring role. So the book should be read by all members of the team. Also the leader is human – they might not be 'doing it right as per the book', and it could be useful for the others (they are all equals after all) to be informed to provide that guidance/correction.
The Sections are laid out well : getting ready; coaching the individual; coaching the team; building for the future.
It classes individuals into 4 styles : amiable, analytical, driver, expressive (I tend more towards the expressive), and how to work with each.
I also like the way it addressed underperforming members, how to correct the problem rather than try to rationalise it out of existence.
Because professionals jealously guard their autonomy, reserving the right to work as they see fit, professional groups have a greater-than-average tendency to become ill-disciplined – and thus a whole chapter is dedicate to how to run a meeting of such individuals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge! 15 Oct 2003
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book is essentially a collection of practical checklists interspersed with quotations and anecdotes. It certainly meets its objective of collecting everything you need to know about managing a professional service firm’s practice group. Patrick McKenna and David H. Maister present the nuts and bolts in a straightforward format. If you feel like you could use some help to do a better job of leading your group of highly trained individuals, if you’ve just been promoted to the ranks of management and want some guidance or, worse, if you feel like you are herding cats — in Maister’s phrase — instead of leading a committed team of professional people, we are pleased to recommend this complete toolbox to you.
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