Unlike majority of leadership and management texts, the author here has taken a very different approach. And he has undoubtedly succeeded in making it a fun-filled read with rules based coaching on management principles. Now, while most of the texts become very lingo-oriented, and "written for corporate bulldogs", this one is very simple, precise and to-the-point.
What you will like:
- Every rule/learning is completed in a very short time, maximum 2 pages.
- After every rue, there is a text box, which shows the key take-away in one sentence.
- The language is very simple, and goes with the flow. No need for management jargon.
- No need to for a continuous cover-to-cover read. Just pick it up, flick any page, read a rule, think about about it and make a conscious effort to apply it. Or modify according to your business setting and then apply it.
What I liked most:
- Book is divided into two sections, Part 1: Managing Your Team and Part 2: Managing Yourself. It is equally important to understand and develop your own traits and also be able to relate to your team and get work done. Both the skills require different set of efforts and "Rules".
If you are an aspiring manager, or a soon-to-be manager, I'd recommend reading the Part 2 first. Because you have to demonstrate the managerial traits in your personality and work-style, before you can actually contend for a managerial job. This is especially true for corporates, where one has to "deserve" such positions.