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8 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

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Author Ray Salemi's neat little book offers excellent advice on how to get through "the worst of times." Management treads thin ice after layoffs. Everyone is sensitive and even the smallest error in dealing with colleagues can be magnified. When productivity drops, frustration naturally sets in. Salemi points out the most serious land mines managers should avoid. He focuses on the needs of mid-level managers and project team leaders, rather than those higher up the executive food chain. The book's advice, while sometimes basic, will substantially bolster the emotional intelligence quotient of the average manager coping with the awkward post-layoff period. strongly recommends this book to managers who have avoided the layoff purge and now need to rally the stunned survivors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to rally your troops when things go sour;
  • How to be a collaborative leader, not a lone hero;
  • How to get team members to solve problems and plan ahead; and
  • How to execute your plan, motivate your people and gain a reputation for delivering what you promise.

About the Author

Ray Salemi headed teams in customer service, engineering and sales for more than 11 years. A resident of Boston, MA, he is the founder of GreatManager Works, a company that helps first-level managers bolster their leadership skills. He has testified on the effects of mergers and acquisition on employees before the U.S. House of Representatives. His writing has appeared in BusinessWeek and in newspapers in Boston, where he lives.



Step One: "Restoring Trust"
It's the day after "Bloody Monday." Or Bloody Tuesday, Bloody Wednesday, Bloody Thursday - whichever day of the week your company announced layoffs. The bad news has devastated everyone. Now, how do you begin to heal the fragile morale in...

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