Marcus Buckingham, co-author of First, Break All the Rules:What the World's Best Managers Do Differently and Now, Discover Your Strengths, two of my favoured books, is crystallizing even more in this new book the essentials of great managing and leading. No models, no black belts, just simple examples from happy marriages to amazing partnerships of Bill Gates, the right partner at the right time and Bill Gates is a genius in finding the right partners. So what is the secret great managers and leaders should know? In his easy style Marcus Buckingham takes us from the vital distinction between managing and leading to the basics of good managing. The author doesn't repeat himself in this new book but provides additional reflections on the three levers: strengths and weaknesses, triggers for a person and the person's unique style of learning. Sustained Individual Success is again a very well written part with examples of twenty percenters, those few individuals, who manage to experience extraordinary, repeated and sustained success. I bought already 8 copies of this new book for friends, moreover some 35 times Now, Discover Your Strengths and some 30 times First, Break All the Rules. They form a nice and useful set for those professionals who want to be great, not just good.
I am very grateful to this book - it has helped me clarify what I do (and don't do) in my working life and beyond. It is well researched and easy to read and the kind of book that you want to share with others. And the insights that it brings to understanding how to manage other people and yourself successfully are true, important and actionable.
I've really enjoyed this book. Plenty of tips about managing, leading and individual success which draw on Marcus Buckingham's extensive research and contacts with "captains of industry". I'm doing research on management and this is a book not to be missed