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March 9, 2005

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - The One Thing You Need to Know

By: Jack @ 8:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The One Thing You Need to Know:About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustaining Individual Success by Marcus Buckingham, The Free Press, 280 Pages, $29.95 Hardcover, March 2005, ISBN 0743261658
Marcus Buckingham has written two of the best selling business books in the past five years: First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover your Strengths . The books continue to sell and I wouldnt be surprised if their sales increase each year, like Jim Collins books do. When I received the advance reader's copy of his new book it automatically went to the main To-Be-Read pile.
As the subtitle states, Buckingham has written a 3-in-1 special on leadership, management, and career development. You might expect that he shortchanged one of these subjects. I didnt think so. He really boiled the subjects down to their meaningful essence.
What made his previous books so good, carries over to the new one seamlessly. He really tells interesting storiesespecially his recounting of the coal mine potential disaster in Pennsylvania in 2002. But his writing is more than just interesting stories; it illustrates his belief with meaning and purpose.
Buckinghams description of a great manager:
The chief responsibility of a great manager is not to enforce quality, nor to ensure customer service, nor to set standards, nor to build high performance teams. Each of these is a valuable outcome, and a great manager may well use these outcomes to measure their success. But these outcomes are the end result, not the starting point. The challenge: to figure out the best way to transform these talents into performance. This is the job of a great manager.
The Table of Contents is detailed enough to help you get to wherever you want to go. When you get there I suspect that you, just like me, will use a complete highlighter on this book. Trust me when I say that this is the one book you need to read!
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