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Best Management Books

Best Management Books

Best Management Books

The most effective way to succeed, is by reading the accounts of successful people. There are many people who already know how to solve the management problems that you currently face, because they encountered the same problems during their rise to success, and solved them. They then took the time to document exactly how they did it. This valuable knowledge is found in many excellent management books.

Why read management books?

There are two ways to learn a complex skill like people management - either by trial and error, or by studying what is already known to work.

  • Learning by trial and error is the way most managers learn how to manage their teams. This method can take a long time, and does not usually produce the best results.
  • Studying what is already known to work, is the way we suggest managers should learn. This method is much quicker and will allow you to avoid many costly mistakes along the way, and will result in the achievement of a higher level of management skill.

The Formula for Success

The best management books contain success formulas. These are universal principles, or general rules, that correctly describe the reality of the situations you face, and then prescribe what successful action applies in the given context.

This valuable, expert knowledge is available to you if you take the time to read management books and apply the success formulas they contain.

What are the best books for new managers?

There are many management books available, but I would personally recommend the following that every manager should read, in the order given:

  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The Goal by Eliyahu M Goldratt
  • Situational leadership by Kenneth Blanchard
  • How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins
  • The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
  • Turn the Ship Around! by L David Marquet
  • Business Coaching by Chris Farmer

I won't write summaries for these books, since they are easily found on Google. However, I would point out that the first book, The One Minute Manager, is a concise, yet essential book, for any new manager to read.

I personally guarantee that if you read these books, taking good written notes on the methods suggested and apply them to your daily practice, you would become the best manager in your organisation, and be rewarded accordingly.

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Harry Truman

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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