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When Time Management Fails: How Efficient Managers Create More Value With Less Work Paperback – 5 Apr 2006


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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Practical time management tips for people in large companies 3 May 2006
By NY Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is definitely my favorite business book of the year; great balance of analysis, storytelling and humor. In addition, the author does an excellent job of giving you the insider's story of business life. Those who are new to the world of business will get a realistic view of how things really work in large companies and the veterans will look back at their experiences in a different light after reading this. Unlike other books that attempt to do the same, the author neither puts on rosy glasses to convince you that only hard work and honesty can get you to the top nor does he present an overly cynical view of the business world claiming that stabbing people in the back and expecting the same is the price you pay for glory (the words of another famous business writer). The author keeps a cool head and presents an impartial and objective analysis of how large companies "distribute fame and blame". The beauty of the book is that it demonstrates the most fundamental principles of large organizations in action. Because anyone working for a large company would be exposed to the same forces, every employee of large firms (and nonprofit organizations) can benefit from the book.

Despite the fundamental nature of the lessons in the book, I found the material new and exciting to read. This is both due to the stories and interviews which depict interesting, funny and sometimes tragic real life incidents and the creative solutions that the author proposes to deal with the fundamental realities of business life. One of my favorites is the chapter that shows how to deal with hour counters. The chapter explains what you can do if a supervisor refuses to evaluate your performance primarily with the results that you produce and -explicitly or implicitly- requires you to put in a certain amount of face time. The author makes a clear distinction between the honest and not so honest strategies you can employ when you are faced with such an "hour counter" and proposes very effective solutions that will help you solve the problem without compromising your integrity. I don't remember if this is chapter is included in the web site of the book, but a lot of chapters are included there. I have never before seen so much of a book made available for free on the internet. A risky strategy on the part of the publisher: I think some people may decide not to buy the book after reading so much of it for free but I like being able to check out the book before buying it. Take a look at beyondtimemanagement.com

Entertaining, useful and intellectually stimulating; five stars for sure ...
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The book was definitely a great read. 27 April 2006
By aaron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was definitely a great read. It starts with an inspiring personal story on how the author started to research the subject and from there builds up the basic philosophy of the book. The author's thesis is fairly straightforward: some managers leave the office earlier yet still get promoted faster than their peers, not because they know how to manage their time better, but because they have figured out how to create more added value for their employers with less effort. I am a martial artist and find quite a few parallels with the methods in the book and Aikido (my analogy, not the author's). It is all about using technique and intelligence as opposed to brute force to get what you want. In my line of work for example, I can use a "brute force" strategy and place twice as many sales calls as my co-workers -which would probably result in more sales- or try to sell more than everyone else by placing fewer but much better planned and strategically organized calls. This book teaches you to do the second; how to behave in an organizational setting to get what you want with less work -regardless of what line of work or industry you are in.

The author divides the strategies that result in less work and more success into four broad categories: how to get more manageable assignments, how to obtain more support from the rest of the organization (co-workers, superiors etc) while working on those assignments, how to advertise the importance and significance of your achievements once you successfully reach your objectives and how to gently but firmly emphasize your contributions and your central role in achieving the said success. What I like most about the book is that it explains every step of this process with simple but effective examples and quotes from the interviews conducted by the author. In most other management books, the lessons feel like snippets uttered by a Zen master, leaving you with a "sounds good, but what do I do next?" kind of feeling. Here the lessons are surrounded by practical explanations that are easy and fun to read and feasible in real applications. Also, the examples and excerpts are from a wide variety of industries and different settings, so I think everyone will have that "yep, I have been through that" feeling while reading the book. Also, the last chapter follows an imaginary character for a day and shows how this efficient managers applies the lessons in the book. This last chapter is actually my favorite because it is very fun to read (actually it reads like good fiction) and drives home the main points once again. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I must say I am pleasantly surprised by this one. 28 April 2006
By Ya Yeti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must say I am pleasantly surprised by this one. I am usually skeptical about management books and was a little worried that this too would be one of those monologues where a "guru" who makes all sorts of unwarranted assumptions about the reader's intelligence and background tries to impart his or her infinite wisdom on you. But after reviewing the free chapters on the author's web site ([...]) I decided to give it a try.
The book is well written and very easy to follow. Whether or not you agree with the author's point of view you will certainly have no doubt about where he is coming from and what he is trying to communicate. There is a pretty solid logical structure and consistent intellectual approach, which is quite rare in this genre (coming from an engineering background and reading mostly technical books, I value these traits a lot and I am therefore often disappointed with management books). Instead of lessons pulled out of thin air, there are a number of properly supported suggestions which you can digest and understand and then judge for yourself. There is nothing here that you are asked to accept on blind faith.

I especially liked the chapter "Curbing the Customer's Insatiable Appetite" which applies to my profession as I work with clients on a daily basis. This is one of the chapters that you can read for free on the author's web site. If you work with clients like I do, read the excerpt and see if you like the author's style. I did, quite a lot actually...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Using what the CEO knows to get out of the office faster 5 May 2006
By Natalia Quintana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my humble opinion, this is a groundbreaking book. When I read in the first chapter that there would no mention of typical time management techniques anywhere in the book, I figured that either the same material that is found in other time management resources would be presented under different and fancier names or that this would be a book about slacking off. Neither was the case. The author presents an in-depth analysis of modern organizations and provides far-reaching insights into how they really function. He then goes on to show what the reader can do in order to get properly compensated for his or her efforts and achieve the promotion, pay raise or whatever it is that he or she is seeking, with the least amount of workload.

I cannot claim that all of this material is entirely new as some of it has likely been presented in other books. That being said, most of the insights were entirely novel and unexpected for me even though I do my best to follow the management literature and consider myself well-read in this area. In a way, what this book does is take a set of tools, namely the analytical methods which have thus far only been utilized to make large organizations run better and more profitably, and applies them with the individual in mind in order to reduce the work hours of the reader. I do not wish to say that the organization as a whole will suffer if you apply these methods. In fact everyone around you will be better off in my opinion. However, the first and foremost concern of the book is not to make the company more profitable but to help the individual create more value and obtain the appreciation that he or she deserves by spending as few hours in the office as possible. Perhaps an alternative title for this book could be "Using what the CEO knows to get out of the office faster". Well that doesn't sound like a proper title, which is why I am not an author...
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for anybody in a managerial role 1 May 2006
By D. Ghiotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got the book only yesterday and have already finished reading it, which is quite atypical for me. Actually, I don't think I have every read a non-fiction book so quickly. The book is very unusual and skillfully written in that it contains a lot of material but is very easy to read at the same time. The author starts with some of his personal experiences that lead him to analyze and study the concept of managerial efficiency and gently leads into his theories about corporate life and from there moves into the application of the principles in real life settings. The book taught me a lot without ever making it feel like a lecture, definitely very smooth and pleasurable to read. Perhaps the main reason the author manages to achieve this effect is because he introduces the new material in the book by building on examples, situations and encounters that everyone who works in an office setting would have experienced. In my view, the opinions expressed are quite unusual and novel but they are presented in a very easy to understand style by breaking them down into bite size pieces, so to say. You will probably ask yourself why you could not see the things mentioned here as they make so much sense. I also love the idea of donating part of the proceeds from the book to other authors from underdeveloped countries. The book's homesite has more on that and also a cool page where you can read a lot of the book for free. [...]
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