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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2 edition (30 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576751538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576751534
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The authors show that empowerment is more than an empty promise. A must-read for liberating the leader within people.” -- Barry Z. Posner, co-author of The Leadership Challenge and Credibility

“The most truthful, straight-talk book on managing people to come along in aeons. This is an exceptional tool for business.” -- Harvey Mackay, author of Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

About the Author

Ken Blanchard; Few people have impacted the day - to - day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent author' speaker' and business consultant' Ken is characterized by friends' colleagues' and clients as one of the most insightful' powerful' and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks' he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Ken's impact as a writer is far reaching. His phenomenal bestselling book' The One Minute Manager' coauthored with Spencer Johnson' has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and is still on bestseller lists. The One Minute Manager has been translated into more than 25 languages and is regarded as one of the most successful business books of all time. Ken has received several awards and honors for his contributions in the field of management' leadership' and speaking. In 1991 the National Speakers association awarded him its highest honor' the ''Council of Peers Award of Excellence.'' In 1992 Ken was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training Magazine and Lakewood Conferences and received the 1992 Golden Gavel Award for Toastmasters International. In 1996 Ken received the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Award from ASTD. Ken is chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies' formerly Blanchard Training and Development' Inc.' which he and his wife' Dr. Marjorie Blanchard' founded in 1979 in San Diego' California. The Ken Blanchard Companies provides expertise in organizational change management through training programs and processes' seminars' and consulting. Ken is also a visiting lecturer at his alma mater' Cornell University' where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees. Alan Randolph is an internationally known management educator and consultant. He is best known for his work in leadership' project management and empowerment' having consulted a --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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At last: acknowledgement that the difficulties in empowering others are not just lack of commitment of workers. Blanchard uses his the same story telling technique to get some good messages across. Any irritation is balanced by some novel perspectives. Basic belief in people underlies empowerment. People are afraid to do their best because organisations are set up to catch people doing things wrong rather than reward them for doing things right. Empowerment more about the attitude of the leader. Leaders fear that they will lose their job through empowering others: however, their job changes from directing controlling and supervising to helping team be more effective (i.e. you work for them). Share information first rather than setting goals first: top down goal setting assumes all brains at the top of the organisation - whereas sharing information develops trust. Create autonomy through boundaries: defines values and rules that underlie desired beliefs and supports decision making - without guidelines people revert back to unempowered habits. Compelling visions emotionally and intellectually crystallise values, nature and purpose of business. Get employees to list ten things that they think you hold them accountable for. Empowering others means that become less dependent upon you. Leaders need to follow rule: don't just do something, stand there, i.e. allow others to act. Position power replaced by expertise, relationships and accountability. Boundaries as guidelines for action once sufficient information to understand current situation. Paradox: rules and structures required to initiate empowerment but these rules and structures must support the new values. Empowerment means freedom to act and accountability for results.Read more ›
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The authors use a story format to explain the nature and process of achieving empowerment. The focus is on sharing information with everyone, creating autonomy through boundaries, and replacing the old hierarchy with self-directed teams. Clear and concise.
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Blanchard has done it again! For all those managers who bought into the "empower your employees at all costs" paradigm only to find out that it was the surest way to the chaos theroy of management, Blanchard brings sanity back to the process. He defines the empowerment process in terms that are easy to understand and utilize. Blanchard describes a process, not unlike fly fishing, were you offer your direct reports power to do the things they need to do to be effective and productive (letting the fishing line out), while at the same time setting boundaries for their new found empowered behavior by reeling them in a bit at a time, checking to see how they are doing, and then letting them fly again. Recently empowered employees need to learn how to use their new found independence and Blanchard stresses that this needs to be done in increments and with great care. This book couple with Blanchard's LEADERSHIP TAKES MORE THAN A MINUTE and THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER MEETS THE MONKEY makes a truly wonderful trilogy of books for any manager. They should be on every manager's must read list.
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