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1 Feb 2011 HBR's 10 Must Reads
Managing people is fraught with challenges even if you're a seasoned manager. Here's how to handle them.

If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your employees' performance.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People will inspire you to:

  • Tailor your management styles to fit your people
  • Motivate with more responsibility, not more money
  • Support first-time managers
  • Build trust by soliciting input
  • Teach smart people how to learn from failure
  • Build high-performing teams
  • Manage your boss

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 1 edition (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422158012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422158012
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
This volume is one of several in a new series of anthologies of articles that initially appeared in the Harvard Business Review, in this instance from 1980 until 2005. Remarkably, none seems dated; on the contrary, if anything, all seem more relevant now than ever before as their authors discuss what are (literally) essential dimensions of managing one's self as well as others.

More specifically, how to get results, motivate employees, avoid or overcome the "Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome," save rookie managers from themselves, understand what great managers do, use fair process to manage in the knowledge economy, teach smart people how to learn, determine how ethical (or unethical) someone is, understand what "the discipline of a team" is and does, and finally, how to manage one's boss (i.e. lead up).

Each article includes two invaluable reader-friendly devices, "Idea in Brief" and "Idea in Practice" sections, that facilitate, indeed expedite review of key points. Some articles also include mini-essays on even more specific subjects such as "Growing Your Emotional Intelligence" (Daniel Goleman), "The Elusive One Thing" (Marcus Buckingham), "Making Sense of Irrational Behavior at VW and Siemans-Nixdorf" and "Fair Process Is Critical in Knowledge Work" (W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne), "Are You Biased?" (Mahzarin R. Banaji, Max H. Bazerman, and Dolly Chugh), and "Building Team Performance" (Jon Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith).

These ten articles do not - because they obviously cannot - explain everything that one wishes to know and understand about managing one's self as well as others effectively. However, I do not know of another single source at this price (currently $14.13 from Amazon) that provides more and better information, insights, and advice that will help leaders to achieve success in the business dimensions examined in this volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good selection 15 Sep 2013
By Damir
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Very good selection of some key HBR articles that are not easily accessible in the library or online. Worthwhile the investment as it covers a wide spectrum of relevant reading, including some good reading on leadership and emotional intelligence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HBR on managing people 5 April 2011
I am a big fan of Harvard Business School's work. It is thoroughly researched and extremely well written. In my own experience, they are usually spot on with their observations and deductions and their writing helps to clarify and reinforce many complex areas of leadership, relationships, communication effectiveness etc. I cannot recommend their publications highly enough and do so often to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding advice on people management 24 Feb 2011
By John Gibbs - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a quick introduction to the ideas of a number of thought-leaders on how to manage people, this book is a good resource. The ideas discussed in this book include:

Daniel Goleman: There are six leadership styles - coercive, authoritative, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting and coaching. The most effective leaders are able to change between these styles when appropriate.

Frederick Herzberg: Punishments and rewards are ineffective tools for motivating people. Instead, try enriching their jobs by removing controls, giving employees more information, and giving access to greater challenges.

Manzoni and Barsoux: Employees who are viewed as weak performers often live down to expectations because the supervisor's attempts at performance management result in worse rather than better performance.

Carol Walker: New managers often perform poorly because they have not learnt the skills of delegating, getting support from above, projecting confidence, focusing on the big picture, and giving constructive feedback.

Marcus Buckingham: Great managers do not try to change their employees. Instead, they tweak roles to capitalize on individual strengths, create personalised incentives, and tailor coaching to unique learning styles.

Kim and Mauborgne: Harmony in the workplace required fair process, including inviting input from employees affected by a decision, explaining the thinking behind decisions, and providing clear expectations.

Chris Argyris: An organization's smartest and most successful people are often poor learners because they have not had the opportunity for introspection that comes with failure.

Banaji, Bazerman and Chugh: Everyone has unconscious biases which affect decisions. To counteract these biases, gather better data, get rid of stereotypical cues, and broaden your mind-set.

Katzenbach and Smith: A good team has a meaningful common purpose, specific performance goals, a mix of complementary skills, a strong commitment to how the work gets done, and mutual accountability.

Gabarro and Kotter: To have a good relationship with your boss, focus on compatible work styles, mutual expectations, information flow, dependability and honesty, and good use of time and resources.

In my opinion, every article in the book contains ideas which will be useful in almost any workplace. In most workplaces there is enormous scope for improving the quality of people management. Some of the articles were first published more than 20 years ago, but the principles which they espouse are yet to find their way into most workplaces. I highly recommend this book to any manager.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great articles but not formatted well for Kindle 16 Aug 2012
By AF - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great collection of useful and insightful articles. That said, shame on HBR and Amazon for not paying more attention to the formatting. There is no table of contents, so you cannot see up front what the articles are or navigate easily through them. Furthermore, some of the tables and other inset material is not formatted for the Kindle so it break awkwardly across screens and is hard to bookmark. I expected more from the e-book version. I might just as well have saved myself the money and hunted down the individual articles in PDF format through my employer's library!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for first time manager as well as seasoned person for fresh perspective 30 Dec 2012
By bigkahuna - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is collection of articles published in HBR that are still relevant today. Technology progressed but people, psychology and organizational behavior is still the same. Reading "Setup to Fail" paper one may remember instances in their career where they setup somebody for failure. It is truly empowering. For seasoned managers, it may offer some fresh insights into why people behave the way they do. All in all, good purchase.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one, dense at times. 26 Dec 2013
By rpv - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this as part of a larger collection of 6 books. This is a collection of several articles on size different series. The book is not standard size. It is more like the Reader's digest style papers. The books are categorized on various areas. It contains lot of papers not necessarily connected to each other. The advantage is one can read in any order. I found it lacked a cohesion and some of them may be not relevant to current context and age. definitely one always learns something from the pundits, but I found it is too broadminded and lacked any sort of exercise or mind exercises.

Overall it is a good read but dense at times and difficult to focus with too many thoughts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 6 Jun 2012
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
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As a new manager, I'm looking for resources to help me better manage my team. This is a great book that provides some really great advice. Nothing in here is earth-shattering -- but it's great, standard material that will help a new manager blaze a path forward.
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