- marcus evans professional training Recommended reading
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MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (33 Titles)
- 101 Ways to Have a Great Day at Work
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Synopsis Work takes up most of the time in our lives-why is it sometimes hard to have a great day? These techniques, used by Fortune 100 companies with incredible success, help you take control of the things you can change in your work environment that interfere with your happiness and success at work. You actually have more power than you may think to make your workday great.
- A Handbook of Management Techniques
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Michael Armstrong (Editor)
Synopsis The third edition of this handbook of management techniques contains the tried and tested techniques of management alongside all the techniques that have developed since the first and second editions. All areas are covered, including: corporate management; marketing management; operations management; financial management; human resource management; information management; management science; planning and resource allocation; and efficiency and effectiveness. Designed for easy reference, the text also features figures, diagrams and illustrations.
- Building Team-based Working: A Practical Guide to Organizational Transformation
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ON-LINE Michael West, Lynn Markiewicz, Lynn Marciewicz
Synopsis There is growing evidence from organisations that have implemented, integrated and supported team-based working systems, that this is the most potent way to achieve a variety of performance related benefits. Effective teamwork can encourage innovation, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and reduce wastage, improve product quality and customer relationships. Although many organisations claim to be using team-based working to some extent, there is little evidence of effective implementation in practice. This training programme, which includes case studies from both large and small companies, shows how to introduce team working and make it effective. The pack provides information about the principles of team working and how to: overcome obstacles; assess your own organisation; design a team strategy; design support systems; choose team leaders; train team leaders; and review team effectiveness.
- Business Strategy ("The Economist")
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ON-LINE Jeremy Kourdi
Synopsis Powerful new forces are reshaping the business world. Traditional boundaries between industries, disciplines and countries are blurring, and the role of the manager in making effective strategic decisions and building competitive advantage is increasingly complex and demanding.This book shows the busy manager how to create and sustain a dynamic, profitable business. It provides decision-making techniques to support effective entrepreneurial decisions. It evaluates the tools, tactics and techniques for making profit-boosting decisions. It outlines solutions to executive problems and to keeping up with the pace of change. Moreover, it contains insights into effective strategic decisions - what worked and why; what failed and why.
- Ethics, The Heart of Leadership
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Synopsis This collection of essays examines whether leadership is a moral activity. It explores the ethical dynamics between leaders and followers in business and in society as a whole, and argues that power and authority in today's world stem not from coercion, but from trust, commitment and shared values.
- Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships
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Synopsis Analyses the psychology of human relationships.
- Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in Any Organization
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Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles
Synopsis Every day thousands of uninspired employees trudge to work often dooming their companies to failure with their lack of enthusiasm. Drawing on over 20 years' experience of working with hundreds of corporations across the US including America Online, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Hershey Chocolate and Microsoft, Blanchard reveals a surefire strategy for boosting employee enthusiasm, productivity and performance. This text presents a simple system for inspiring employees. Based on three core ideas: work must be seen as important: workers must be put in control of their own production: and managers must cheer their workers on.
- How Managers Can Develop Managers
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Synopsis This text is designed as a workbook for all managers of people, not just for the management development specialist. It focuses on real-life scenarios, showing how they can be used to encourage your colleagues to develop their own skills. Brief exercises throughout help you to critique your own style, and provide a useful basis for real exercises you could use with your team.
- How to Be an Even Better Manager
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Synopsis A guide to successful management, this self-motivating cassette covers such topics as assertiveness, budgeting, delegation, recruitment, motivation, time management and trouble shooting. The author has also written "A Handbook of Management Techniques".
- How to Manage
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Synopsis Presents the ideals of management philosophy and describes the business realities of making them work in practice. This book is a practical guide to international management. Contributors to the text include Robert Bauman and Luciano Benetton.
- In Search of Excellence
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Synopsis American know-how is alive and well and is as world leading as ever. In Search of Excellence distils the art and science of management used by leading companies with records of long-term profitability and continuing innovation. No-one concerned with international business today can afford not to read this bestseller from which so many others have learnt so much.
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Synopsis Discusses the qualities of successful business executives and offers advice for managers on how to develop leadership skills.
- Leadership and the One Minute Manager
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Synopsis Leadership and The One Minute Manager goes straight to the heart of management as it describes the effective, adaptive styles of Situational Leadership. In clear and simple terms it teaches how to become a flexible and successful leader, fitting your style to the needs of the individual and to the situation at hand, and using the One Minute Manager techniques to enhance the motivation of others.
- Leading Change
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Synopsis This work provides advice for those confronting the challenge of leading organizational change. It examines the efforts of over 100 companies to improve their competitiveness. The most common mistakes made in attempting to create change are identified, and a process outlined to overcome obstacles.
- Leading the Revolution
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Synopsis Urges managers of traditional companies to implement e-commerce and participate in joint ventures, and provides examples of small and large companies that have changed their missions and the way they conduct business for the better.
- Managerial Work
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Synopsis Managerial work is literally defined as the work that managers do, but what is a manager, and is all the work managers do managerial? The articles that make up this volume have been selected to provide an historical overview of the field. They aim to give the reader an understanding of the different kinds of studies that have been done, the different methodologies that have been used and their advantages and disadvantages, the criticisms that have been made of the field, and the suggestions for future work.
- Manager's Guide to Self Development
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Synopsis This book is designed as a self-development programme for managers seeking to develop skills such as mental agility, creativity, social skills and emotional resilience. The book has been extended and updated to reflect the challenges faced by managers in the new economy, and also the need to balance work and life. The new edition features five new activities: the saturated life; thriving and surviving in the virtual revolution; be your own personal trainer; managing upwards; and surfing to learn. References and "follow-up" activities have been updated throughout.
- Managing the Poor Performer
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Synopsis Drawing extensively on real-life examples and interview material, it explains: how to recognise poor performance; how to diagnose its likely causes; how to decide on an appropriate remedy; how to carry out the necessary action in a supportive way; and how to monitor results to ensure lasting improvement.
- One Minute Manager
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Synopsis Best-selling book for managers offering advice on job satisfaction, employee morale, and profit and productivity building.
- Performance Management
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Synopsis A discussion of performance management, featuring research findings and practical guidelines. It is designed for human resources managers whose aim is that their organization gets the very best results from people.
- Practice of Management
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Synopsis Provides information about the latest developments in industrial society and the place of management in that society. This study should be of interest to applied economists and sociologists, and all people employed in management, whether their work be administrative, technical or with personnel.
- Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
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Synopsis In 1914, Shackleton led 27 men through a fight for their lives after they became stranded on an ice flow. Every man survived, ascribing it to Shackleton's superb leadership. This book draws on anecdotes and interviews to illustrate Shackleton's tactics.
- Strategy Maps: Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcomes
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ON-LINE Robert Kaplan, David P. Norton
Synopsis The creators of the revolutionary Balanced Scorecard tool and authors of the international bestsellers The Balanced Scorecard (1996) and The Strategy-Focused Organization (2000) now take readers to the next level of precision in strategy implementation. Strategy Maps introduces a new tool that has evolved from Robert Kaplan and David Norton's ongoing research with hundreds of Balanced Scorecard adopters across the globe, and its premise is simple: if you can visually map your strategy, the people within your organization will better understand it and therefore be better able to execute it effectively.
- Supervision: Knowledge, Skill and Assessment
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Synopsis This text aims to be a practical, complete book for students studying to be first level supervisors and those in supervisory positions. It is divided into three areas. Part 1 includes a look at the overall organization; Part 2 focuses on the leadership of subordinates; and Part 3 deals with the areas of supervision that are less traditional but rapidly becoming important.
- The Competent Manager
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Synopsis Offers an empirical, "total" system approach that determines which characteristics of managers enable them to be effective in various management jobs. Develops a logical, integrated model of managerial competence that explains the relationship of these characteristics to each other, to the functions of the management job, and to the key aspects of the internal organizational environment. Also introduces a model of individual competence.
- The First-time Manager
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Synopsis The diverse responsibilities of a new managerial position in the modern workplace can appear daunting. This practical guide aims to dispel any such fears, with direct and comprehensive advice on the immediate difficulties faced by a new manager. The fundamental skills necessary are discussed including, effective communication, delegation, financial/accounting principles, human resource concerns, marketing and PR.
- The Instant Manager
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Synopsis This practical guide to management skills offers tools, techniques and practical tips on all aspects of the subject from communication, teamwork and leadership to performance improvement and how to manage both career and personal growth.
- The Making of a Manager
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Synopsis Designed for any manager wanting to develop and polish their managerial skills to the utmost, this practical guide gives advice and tips on everything a manager needs to know in order to operate successfully. Written in a lively, no-nonsense style this book brings effective management alive by offering tips on: attaining a perfect memory in 30 minutes; measuring and improving employee performance; developing an effective training plan; using meetings to get results; dealing with problem employees; and moving up the career ladder.
- The Naked Leader
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Synopsis There is a new wave of thinking and action that puts people before process, choice before change, and meaning before money. We are now entering a new business, leadership and global age, with a vision, agenda and spirit born out of the realisation that there has to be a different way of success, business and leadership. One that sets us free from traditional business thinking, and takes you, your business and your life to new levels of awareness, success and achievement. This next business age is in your hands. 'The Naked Leader' is the antithesis to the process driven mentality that has wasted so many millions, destroyed the trust between company and employee, and enabled so many companies to at best stand completely still.
- The Nature of Managerial Work
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Synopsis An overview of significant research into the roles and working characteristics of managers is supported by case histories, describing the professional activities of five top executives.
- The Way of the Leader: Leadership Principles of Sun Tzu and Confucius
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Synopsis There are many theories of leadership. Some may be very good indeed, but none of them has passed the test of time. On the other hand, the wisdom contained in this book, time and again over 2500 years, has worked and continues to work. Sun Tzu believed that success is determined by leadership. The first chapter, "The character of leadership", is an introduction to the leadership philosophy of Sun Tzu and Confucius as it applies to business. The next seven chapters guide the reader through the seven principles of leadership which work together to form the character of an ideal leader. These seven principles are: self-discipline, purpose, accomplishment, responsibility, knowledge, leadership and example (SPARKLE). Each chapter contains a discussion of how famous leaders throughout recent history successfully applied the principle under discussion to achieve personal or organizational success. While "The Art of War" and "The Analects of Confucius" can give a philosophical vision of leadership, this book brings that vision to the bottom line. It is a schematic for victory, a roadmap for success. Donald G. Krause is the author of "The Art of War for Executives" and "The Book of Five Rings for Executives".
- Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution
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- Writers on Leadership (Penguin Business)
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John van Maurik
Synopsis This compenduim provides an insight into the mass of theory and literature on the subject of leadership. It synthesizes the wealth of literature and provides a clear and concise overview of the subjects and the major trends which have emerged this century. It looks at the key players - writers, academics and practitioners, and analyzes their contribution to the development of leadership.