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Authors Steve Chandler and Scott Richardson prove that sometimes the simplest ideas make the most sense. Residents of the corporate world will identify with their observations and, in most cases, will agree with their recommendations. The book moves along rapidly, is loaded with inspirational gems and may encourage leaders to rethink their managerial style. One curveball: if you have trouble relating to sports analogies, look out - this book is full of them. Despite this, the authors succinctly explain 100 straightforward nuggets of motivational advice in short chapters laced with pithy quotes. These techniques must be applied, not just conceptualized. As the authors warn skeptics, practice makes perfect. getAbstract believes that managers or executives interested in getting the best out of their employees - particularly by helping them feel self-motivated - would be wise to invest an evening with this book (and you’ll find some dandy motivational quotes to use in your next meeting).

About the Authors

Steve Chandler is a keynote speaker and the author of seven books on personal success coaching and business consulting, including 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Reinventing Yourself. He and attorney Scott Richardson specialize in leadership training.

 

Summary

"Do the One Thing"

Managers like to think that they can do many things simultaneously, but even the most effective manager can only tackle one problem or deal with one issue at a time. Many times, your mind may seem to be racing at 100 miles an hour - tomorrow’s meeting with the vice president, the project that’s due in a couple of weeks, the inbox full of e-mails. But if you allow your mind to dart from one thing to the next, you easily can become overwhelmed. In most cases, that will increase your stress, build tension in your workplace and harm employee productivity.

As a manager, combat feelings of being overwhelmed by establishing priorities. Decide which phone call to return, deal with the person who called in a calm, intelligent manner and then turn to the next task. Resist the temptation to think ahead.

"Manage Agreements, Not People"

Managers frequently make the mistake of coddling those employees who seem to experience the most emotional turmoil. Managers get caught up in this tumult to be liked, and to keep that attitude of constant churn from becoming contagious. The end result resembles a father-son or mother-daughter relationship, which ...


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