Summary of Managing Performing Living

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Managing Performing Living book summary
Stop praising workers so much and quit wasting time in meetings.

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7 Innovation

8 Style

Recommendation

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.
 

Summary

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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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.


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