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on 26 April 2009
Started position with new company with no formal management training. Wanted to ensure that I was going down the correct path as I was having difficulty getting the support needed. Both this as an aid and cannot recommend it more.

Covers a number of aspects and is brimming with advice and guidance. Very good companion to have and you can turn to just the area in which you might need help without having to read the eintire book.

Could be interperted as Managing Dummies as that is what it feels like at times.
Very fast delivery and good customer service by Amazon.
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on 4 March 1999
First, this book is a "fun" read which is unusual for most business books. If you want to know how mananagement thinks and how it works in most corporate environments today - get this book.
The first half is execellent and by the time it's completed you'll know exactly the way your poor boss has been tramautized over the past 10 years with all the new passing management fads. No wonder management is basically skeptical and seems to have a schizophrenic identity crisis.
The second half of the book hangs a bit, maybe the authors ran out of ideas. But the final Index of the 10 essential management books is invaluable. I've already read 3 of the suggestion.
Read this book. Take your boss to lunch, realize how trapped he really is, get a raise, and save $40,000 on your MBA. Just keep reading and reading books like this.
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on 27 October 1998
This simple book appeals to the expert as well as the novice . As a teacher , I would certainly recommend this book for students who are interested in the theory of Management - an oft ignored aspect of Management .
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on 29 May 2010
This is a great book for anyone in their first line management position. The style is straightforward without the huge amounts of jargon or support for one particular management fad found in some texts, and the authors do not assume (as some others seem to) that an employee has suddenly been fast-tracked to the MD's desk.

Another plus is the wide range of topics covered in the book, from finding the right employees and managing them while they work for you to parting company with them at the end of their employment. One criticism I do have (and the main reason this review gets four stars), is that there's no section on managing conflict between employees. It is partially covered in the sections on communication and discipline, but these focus more on the relationship between employee and manager than between two or more employees.

Finally, a word of caution for anyone who isn't working in manufacturing: the book seems to assume that a first line mangement positon must involve a team of manufacturers or administrators with set tasks to do each day, and while the principles are transferable to other areas it is sometimes difficult to do. However this is a minor criticism of an otherwise excellent text on the practicalities of first line management.
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on 8 January 1999
I found the reading of this book pretty rewarding. I recommned this book to all those who are looking for a quick guide on being a manager. On the other hand, those looking for new approaches on management may find this book too simple.
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on 27 November 1998
This guide is appealing for people who have been recently thrust into roles of leadership and management in corporate America. The style is easy to read. The content is first-rate. I would suggest this as recommended reading to anyone who is a new manager.
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on 17 February 2010
I bought this book as I was on a management course and needed something to assist me with my assignments. This book covered nearly every module and was ideal as reference material. It tells you just what you need without going on and on. I would definately recommend this book.
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on 13 December 1998
This is a very readable book about management.....a must for managers who are "out there" floundering at trying to deal with their employees. A "must read"....I wish I had seen it sooner.
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on 18 March 2013
Very good book exactly what I needed. Arrived promptly excellent service would recommend to others to buy bought with one other book which was also great
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on 7 January 2017
Plain speaking and thought provoking , helps you relate to your work situation , was very useful when I was promoted to a mid management team leader role
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