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May 16, 2005

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects--By the Seat of Your Pants

By: Jack @ 5:13 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

By the Seat of Your Pants: The No-Nonsense Business Management Guide by Tom Gegax with Phil Bolsta, Expert Publishing, 400 Pages, $47.00 Hardcover, April 2005, ISBN 1931945160
I have worked with the author's PR people in the past so when they sent me the manuscript six months ago, I excitedly picked it up. Then I read for about an hour and put it down because there was just too much information. When they called me to ask my opinion, I told them that I thought they needed an editor because they had six books in one. They said the book was selling for $47 and they wanted the book to be looked at as a handbook. Then I went back and realized that what GegaxI just love to say his namehad done was to put together one of the best guides to running a business. And he should know: Tom Gegax made his money with Tires Plus, which he sold in 2000 to a multinational firm after it grew to a market leader in the Midwest. The book consists of a whopping sixty plus chapters. Each chapter deals with an issue any manager will have to face during his/her career. This is one of those books I wish I had years ago when I started the odyssey I have been on the past twenty oddvery oddyears.
I am not going to list all the chapters, but rest assured that this book is very well organized which makes it a wonderful reference tool as well. Just a sample form some of the topics covered extensively and in a fresh way in the hiring section:
Finding the best people
Stripping the Guesswork Out of Hiring
Squeezing Even More Secrets Out of Interviews
Welcoming New Hires
Pointing Underachievers Towards the Exits
At the end of each chapter are takeaways that have true lasting value. This is a book that will live on your bookshelf for a long time.
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