This is one of the best books on management I have read in a while.
Authors:Marcus Buckingham , Curt W Coffman
Theme is based on “The greatest managers in the world don’t have much in common except that they break conventional rules of wisdom concerning management style.”
There are twelve questions in first chapter that managers should focus on to attract and retain top talent which are really good. These are like “Do I know what is expected of me at work?”, “Do I have materials and equipment to do my job?”, “Do I have opportunity o do what I do best?”, “ Have I received recognition in for good work?” etc…
According to author,
- The role of manager is to act as catalyst by working one on one with each person to convert his talent into performance.
- Also, there is limit to how much you can develop people hence managers should help each person to become more of who he or she already is.
- Focus on outcomes not right steps
- When hiring select for talent, skill and abilities
- Talent cannot be taught, skills and knowledge can be developed
- Each person has his own strength, focus on strengths and work around weaknesses
- Most importantly “FIND THE RIGHT FIT”
Great read, highly recommend it.
Fun read but I don’t think generalizing something across the region makes any sense.
Seattle-based entrepreneurs demonstrate more stable emotions and are better at coming to an agreement. Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, however, are more conscientious, energetic, and social than their counterparts up north.
This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire
Finished first half marathon of 2015. Weather was perfect, cold but not too cold. It was rough race. The biggest learning from today’s race was “GET FIT!!! LOOSE 10+ POUNDS!!! Start serious exercising”.
Best part was seeing boyz at mile 9, Arnav was saluting… He saw that in a movie recently…
Also on the run met couple of runners from Portland and ran with them for almost 6+ miles. I am sure I finished today because of that.
Last 1 mile was really bad, both my calf muscles were cramping up. Atleast I finished it and hopefully things will only get better from here on… Next stop is Vancouver marathon on 3rd May.
Author: Leo Babauta
I had high hopes from this book. It has 4 stars on Amazon and I wanted to read a book that would genuinely help me with how to manage with less. This book was huge disappointment for me.
Actually when you have author giving you morning routine ideas like Have coffee or tea, Shower, Take a bath, Eat breakfast among others ideas, you really think if author is running out of ideas on what to write. Anyway, mostly the book is just common sense stuff nothing that you do not know already…
The only good part was I skimmed through this book REALLY FAST!!!
My first half marathon of 2014.
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Learn More at: Microsoft Blog Post or Power BI Team Blog.