Summary of The Truth About Managing People

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The Truth About Managing People book summary
Managing people requires understanding human behavior — the rest is just technique.


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9 Applicability

3 Innovation

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Stephen P. Robbins provides a broad overview of effective management principles. While many of these principles are familiar, Robbins writes in a compelling, authoritative style, and he uses behavioral research to bolster many of his suggestions, some of which go against common practice. Skeptical? Just look at his examples of companies that have used these methods successfully, and his comments from experts in the field. The chapters are organized into a series of short bites, presented as "truths" about different areas of management. This small easy-to-carry book is handy for reading in chunks while you wait or commute on the train. recommends it as a handy summary of general management wisdom supported by the findings of behavioral research and nicely seasoned with occasional nuggets of information on effective, but less common, techniques.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Hiring techniques
  • Leadership, motivation and communication methods
  • Strategies for building teams, managing conflicts, designing jobs and coping with change


Using Behavioral Research to Understand How Management Works
Research into human behavior can indicate which business and management methods will be most effective. Management techniques can be categorized and evaluated in terms of major problem areas relating to behavior, which explains...
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About the Author

Stephen P. Robbins is a best-selling management and organizational behavior textbook author. His books have sold more than two million copies worldwide and are now in use at more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities. His book, Organizational Behavior, is the market leader in many countries. He is also the author of Managing Today and co-author of both Management, Fifth Edition and Fundamentals of Management.

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