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Myths of Management: What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss (Business Myths) Paperback – 3 Oct 2017

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780749480233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749480233
  • ASIN: 0749480238
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is so true, so sensible and so snappily written, I wish I had written it myself. If every business person read it, all managerial stupidity would wither away. " (Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times)

"I consider myself to be reasonably sophisticated, rather subtle in my thinking processes. Hence, I am almost horrified that I can find absolutely nothing in Myths of Management with which I disagree. Sure, I might have said this or that a bit differently, with Ban emphasis on X instead of Y. But in the end, I buy the act. You may well not go 44 for 44 in assessing the authors' arguments, but I do offer a guarantee. You will be challenged 44 times, and it's almost impossible to imagine that you will get anything other than a sky high return on investment from reading-and seriously reflecting-on virtually every page in the book. Bonus: It's fun to read, too. I suspect that you, as I, will chuckle many a time at the degree to which you've fallen into one of the traps Stefan Stern and Cary Cooper expose." (Tom Peters, World's Leading Management Guru)

"Stefan and Cary have summarised all the daft things I have seen written about management into one place and then dispatched them as myths by providing great common sense insights in plain English which we can understand. For anyone wanting to manage - creating the conditions for others to succeed-this is a must read book" (Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman of Debenhams and Former CEO of Kingfisher PLC)

"The business of management is crucial - but prone to myth. In this fascinating book Stern & Cooper bring wit and courage to show what it takes to go beyond the hype and to become an insightful - and perhaps even brilliant manager." (Professor Lynda Gratton, London Business School)

"Reports of the death of management are hugely exaggerated. We still do it - poorly - and we still need better insight how to do it well. Stern and Cooper have exhumed and exorcised some of the deadlier myths still haunting corporate boardrooms and do a terrific job identifying vital ways to do the true hard work of managing." (Margaret Heffernan, Writer, Business Leader and Consultant)

"If we want to improve the productivity of the economy what happens within organizations is key. Leadership and management are both important. Yet for decades we have worshipped leadership (leading to excessive pay for many CEOs) and have undervalued management. In this brilliant book Stefan Stern and Cary Cooper ?debunk the myths that have encouraged bad practices. As the authors argue, open, humble, inclusive, listening leadership and management are essential - and they can be learned. Read this cracker of a book!" (Vicky Pryce, Former Joint Head of the UK Government's Economic Service)

"Management matters - but is misunderstood. In this book two very experienced observers skilfully take apart common misconceptions about the theory and practice of management. Their clear thinking helps us to discover how good management can positively make organisations more productive and satisfying work places.This is a timely and provocative book-it deserves to be widely read." (Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, Authors of Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?)

"Stern and Cooper have written a wonderful book to remind us of the basic, beyond-the-hype, essence of management. Purely and simply, it 's about the people." (Herminia Ibarra)

Book Description

Explores over 40 of the most pervasive myths that all managers and aspiring managers should be able to recognize and relate to, from the entertaining to the downright damaging

Draws on extensive and compelling research in management, organizational psychology and organizational behaviour which includes interviews with the likes of Charles Handy, Eve Poole, Henry Mintzberg, Tom Peters, Hermina Ibarra and Laura Empson

Includes real-world business examples from a diverse range of global companies to provide authentic insights into myths in practice and how to overcome them

Is written by Professor Sir Cary Cooper (President of the CIPD and Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School) and Stefan Stern (prominent journalist at The FT, The Guardian, The International Business Times and Director of the High Pay Centre)

Tackles fascinating myths about management such as: working long hours will lead to success, only hire people who 'fit in', it's lonely at the top and hierarchy is finished

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