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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the West,
This review is from: How to Manage (Paperback)Reading most Western management books, it is easy to see why the West has been losing ground to the East over the last 25 years. You either get a business man boasting about their way, or you get an impractical academic with no real experience pushing a second rate theory.
This book, at last, is different. It made me take notice. It is highly practical: the stories used to illustrate the points made are clearly real world and make immediate sense to anyone who works in an organisation.
How to Manage is covers lots of practical skills in three areas: EQ (Emotional Quotient), IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and PQ (Political Quotient). IQ and EQ are made presented as a series of learnable skills. You do not have to be a genius to be a smart manager: you can learn the skills. PQ is the most interesting bit. I thought this would be all about how to advance your career. Instead, it is about how you make things happen when your responsibility is greater than your resources. That is a familiar challenge to most managers today, and How to Manage gave lots of ideas on how to deal with this challenge. Much of this section was new to me, but made sense when I thought about both Western and Japanese organisations I have worked for.
This is the first good management from the West which I have read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you thought a management book must be boring, this book will change your mind,
This is an entertaining and moving book, particularly in its last lines, a delightful conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is clear that for Jo, success in management is not to be pursued per se, but only if it leads to a better and more fulfilling life, in all dimensions. Otherwise, why do it?
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended,
This review is from: How to Manage (Paperback)This book has all the answers in a practical and easy-to-read format. I would highly recommend this book to all managers, would-be managers, students in management or any other discipline which requires management. It has helped me manage myself through a non-management degree as it has valuable information on many aspects of self-management as well as that of others.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic and practical,
More suited to those in medium-sized organisations than small companies, the book is as much about managing other managers and weaving your way successfully through corporate politics as is is about managing your staff. Both are important for the manager who wants to succeed, as of course getting the best from your staff is no more or less crucial for success than getting the best for yourself.
A few cringe-worthy acronyms aside (does anyone remember business acronyms? "AIDA" from my marketing background has stuck with me but personally that's about it), I'd recommend this book to anyone who is or wants to be a corporate manager.
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you'll need? Probably,
This review is from: How to Manage (Paperback)Very highly recommended. If, like me you find books on management epically dull and phenomenally patronising then you will love this because it is neither of those things. Easy to read, unputdownable with clear, concise guidance. The focus is on you not on some bizarre business methodology. I have read this more than once and also own other books by Jo Owen in the same series. Whilst some of the areas he highlights are things you probably do ayway without noticing, there are insights into other people's behaviours, public positioning etc that I found really helpful. The line that really piqued my interest? ''Ever wondered why there are brilliant employees who never make it to senior positions and live uneventful lives in the backwaters of hte organisation, whilst other, less capable people rise up the management ladder''? (paraphrased). If you want to find out as well....buy this book. It is easily the best management book I have read.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Quick reference handbook",
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and practical,
1) The rational ones (IQ based) such as achieving results, solving problems, managing costs;
2) The emotional ones (based on EQ) such as motivating and influencing people; and
3) The political ones such as acquiring power, taking control and managing change.
The author suggests that successful managers are high on all three skills sets.
I found this to be a really useful way of thinking about, and understanding, the essential skills required of managers. I have found myself dipping in and out of this book, which I have found to be a useful resource in my management training and coaching work. I thought it was very well written and easy to read. I thought the topics covered were really relevant, and it's a great way of thinking about the management skills required for any job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Managing,
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice but hard to incorporate sometimes,
This review is from: How to Manage (Paperback)This book offers sound advice if you work in a profit based organisation. As a public sector working it is hard to incorporate this into my work.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book - How to Manage,
This review is from: How to Manage (Paperback)This is among the better books on mamagement. Nothing glaringly new but sets out the case for management well and is easy to read.
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How to Manage by Jo Owen (Paperback - 16 Nov 2006)
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