Summary of Do Nothing!
From Do Nothing! by J. Keith Murnighan Copyright © J. Keith Murnighan, 2012. Summarized by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), LLC
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Does managing or leading others have to be a chore? Not if you don’t do it, says Northwestern University management professor J. Keith Murnighan. Imagine coming back from vacation or a day of meetings to find no office crises, no emergencies and no pressing issues. Murnighan’s chatty, smart management guide – which will be particularly effective for those who are leading small groups – can be a little repetitious and a bit cloying. Even so, getAbstract recommends his manual particularly for its brevity. Murnighan makes his point about light-handed management and then he goes home, where, presumably, he can contentedly do nothing.
In this summary, you will learn
- How doing less as a manager helps you accomplish more;
- Why you should trust your employees, focus on long-range goals, ignore performance measurements and use “backward induction”; and
- How leaders succeed by doing nothing.
About the Author
Corporate trainer and consultant J. Keith Murnighan is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
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3 years agoExcellent book. Most read completely for be a good manager.
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