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8 Overall

8 Applicability

7 Innovation

8 Style


Fredmund Malik, a Swiss management expert, eviscerates much of common practice in large corporations without seeming angry, just a bit cantankerous. Malik’s take on meetings? Get rid of them. Performance reviews? Twaddle. Managers’ pep talks aimed at building enthusiasm? Don’t waste your time. Malik pokes holes in conventional wisdom and offers commonsense alternatives. getAbstract recommends his guide to managers who’d like to rethink ordinary practices. The original edition, published in German, is regarded as a management classic.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why managers should make the most of workers’ strengths rather than trying to fix their weaknesses,
  • Why you should not praise workers effusively and
  • What strategies you can use to make meetings less of a time sink.

About the Author

Fredmund Malik is one of Europe’s top experts on management, leadership and corporate governance. He is the founder of an institution carrying his name. He lives in Switzerland.



Focus on Strengths
Too often, managers emphasize workers’ weaknesses. Human resources managers set out to identify weaknesses and teach workers to overcome them. Deficiencies lead to mistakes and subpar performance. Weaknesses are easy to find but difficult to eliminate. Ask a manager ...

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    Etoyce Davis 3 months ago
    This book is a keeper. It is something I will refer to again and again.
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    Halil Serdar Mumcu 7 months ago
    One of the best ‘read over and over again’ books. A guide to follow.
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    Martin de Urgoiti 1 year ago
    Great stuff to simplify and have more focus on what to do as manager.
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    Adriano Camino 1 year ago

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