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Although author Edward G. Brown grew up in humble circumstances in the East Bronx, he developed a successful career managing Hollywood celebrities – including Hawaiian singer Don Ho – owning restaurants and nightclubs, producing chart-breaking music, and partnering with Roy Rogers, the “King of the Cowboys.” Brown, co-founder of the Cohen Brown Management Group, taught himself how to manage his diverse, often stressful professional activities. He bases his time-management program on his business and life experiences and on the academic fields of management theory, psychology and sociology. While he sometimes bogs down in time-consuming detail, getAbstract recommends Brown’s effective time-management program, and his sensible ideas about avoiding interruptions and managing your work schedule. His top-quality presentation makes this vividly illustrated (even glitzy) book an ideal choice for anyone who wants to work more efficiently.
About the Author
Edward G. Brown is co-founder of Cohen Brown Management Group, whose clients include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Prudential Life and Merrill Lynch.