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The Truth About Getting the Best From People [Kindle Edition]

Martha I. Finney
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Praise for The Truth About Getting the Best from People


"Finally, a no-nonsense primer for leaders on how to build...and keep...extraordinary talent. This book should be in the briefcase of every exec in the world and should be pulled out every day for a refresher on how to be a real leader."

Dan Walker, Former Chief Talent Officer for Apple, Inc.


"A fun and easy-to-read blueprint on understanding and creating engagement within a team. No high falootin' business jargon here--Martha Finney tells it like it is. She helps supervisors and managers uncover the secrets of employee engagement through behavioral examples, successes at top companies, and her charming storytelling."

Kirsten Clark, Senior Director, Organizational Capability Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts


"Martha succeeds in reducing one of the business world's most sought-after but amorphous concepts--employee engagement--into 49 digestible truths."

Christopher Rice, President and CEO, BlessingWhite


"A must-read for new supervisors and managers, with lots of essential lessons and tips."

Tom Mathews, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Time Warner Cable


"Easy-to-read stories and useful truths about leading. I wish I had this book when I first became a manager. I had to learn some of these truths the hard way!"

Scott Shute, Senior Director, Xilinx


"The book is outstanding! Very easy to read....great examples, great advice, and the corporate world would be a better place if just 50 percent of the managers would follow your advice!"

Peg Wynn, Former SVP/HR, Adobe


"I started reading and found myself grabbing for a highlighter. I got to the following line 'Getting the best is about building a culture of trust, connection, growth, and service.' I had to drop a box around that one."

Tiane Mitchell Gordon, Senior Vice President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, AOL


"Finney has gifted us an important compendium of accessible and eminently actionable insights about employee engagement. Using 'The Truths' as a guide, generations of managers will find infinite opportunities to unleash, inspire, and leverage the inherent talent in their people. My advice? Seize it! It will enable you to dramatically affect the future of your team, your organization, and your own career."


Jane Creech, Founder and Principal, Strategic Business Systems (Organization Consulting & Leadership Coaching), Former Sr. Director, OD, eBay


"If you are looking for a great way to deliver Management 101, just distribute this book. It has everything that someone new to management needs to know. Savvy, and sassy, and smart, this is an easy but important read!"

Beverly Kaye, Coauthor,Love 'Em or Lose 'Em


"Just when I thought one truth was as good as it could get, the rest lived up to it! I loved the anecdotes and the final truth, 'You're still the Boss.'"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0132354918
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (20 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014YHKVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #623,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read in bite size pieces 3 May 2009
By S. Gale
I like this series of books. They present information in easy to read bite pieces. Great reading for short tube journeys where you are constantly picking up and putting down the book.

The material is well written and accessible. If you have read the "usual" management books, I suspect there will not be an awful lot of new material here. However, it is always useful to be reminded as all too often it is easy to get caught up in the day to day running of any business.

The main drawback (and probably it's biggest asset) is that the material is presented in no particular order. You don't need to start the book at the beginning and you can dip in and out. It does mean that it lacks a thread that develops throughout the book. However, I suspect this is an artefact of this book format. I enjoyed reading it and it provided me with some useful reminders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars getting the best from people book 28 Mar. 2013
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as stated in the headline title i certainly feel i got the best from this purchase so thank you very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise 'How To' with advice for managers at all levels 28 Jun. 2008
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Concise, positive, practical and insightful...all are apt adjectives for Finney's book. Having been a Fortune 1000 product manager and program manager for many years, I was forever nodding my head in agreement, yet finding plenty of meaty content. Unlike so much management prose that can only be described as repetitious drivel, the 'truths' provide solid how to advice that assumes the reader already has a brain and a conscience. Further, the organization is excellent for the time-crunched. Each 'truth' gets 2-3 pages of intense discussion, allowing for on-the-go reading. Recommended!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM CONSTANTLY REFERRING TO THIS BOOK! 18 Oct. 2008
By Libby Gill - Published on
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As an executive coach and employee engagement expert, I help professionals motivate their teams to greater productivity. This book has been so useful to me by providing relevant information, great examples and applicable strategies to - as the title aptly states - get the best from people. I reach for GETTING THE BEST FROM PEOPLE - every single day and highly recommend it to anyone who has to manage anyone!

Libby Gill, author of Traveling Hopefully: How to Lose Your Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting The Best From People 6 April 2008
By Bruce Ferguson - Published on
This is a terrific book. Why you ask? Because is practical. This will become one of your favorite reference books. Lots a good tips and reminders. Everyone intereted in being a leader or help others be leaders should have it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the Best from People 13 July 2011
By Kaley Klemp - Published on
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Finney details 49 practical methods for leaders, managers, and teams to get the most from their experiences with employees and colleagues. Our work dovetails with Finney's by providing insight into the specific, proven methods for managing individuals with specific characteristics. Finney's methods are excellent tools for ensuring success and productivity in business.

- Kaley Klemp & Jim Warner, Authors, "The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating a compelling work environment 23 Jun. 2011
By John Gibbs - Published on
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The job of a people leader is to inspire employees to bring their personal greatness to work every day and to invest their best in the business, according to Martha Finney in this book. The book goes on to discuss a range of different topics including employee engagement, motivation, engaged cultures, the leader's behaviour, performance, creativity, communication and teams.

Many managers continually struggle with the question of how to make the workplace into an environment so compelling that employees can't wait to get out of bed in the mornings to come to work. According to the author, employee engagement is not created by offering carrots and sticks; it is created by having a mission which employees believe in, making sure employees understand how their work serves the bigger picture, ensuring clear consistent communication, and cultivating high levels of trust and respect.

Another uncomfortable aspect of managing is performance appraisals: there are sound reasons for having a formal feedback system, but the process is usually a dreaded one in which both parties skate around the real issues. The author sees performance appraisals as an opportunity to reconnect with employees in a positive way, inspiring them with next year's mission and deepening a relationship of trust and mutual respect.

The book is divided into 49 reasonably short chapters or "truths", making it easy to read, and the writing style is quite engaging. Anyone who has responsibility for managing other people will benefit from reading it.
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