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The how-to guide for exceptional management from the bottom up.

The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level. Written by the man behind Manager Tools, the world's number-one business podcast, this book distills the author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll identify what "effective management" actually looks like: can you get the job done at a high level? Do you attract and retain top talent without burning them out? Then you'll dig into the four critical behaviors that make a manager great, and learn how to adjust your own behavior to be the leader your team needs. You'll learn the four major tools that should be a part of every manager's repertoire, how to use them, and even how to introduce them to the team in a productive, non-disruptive way.

Most management books are written for CEOs and geared toward improving corporate management, but this book is expressly aimed at managers of any level - with a behavioral framework designed to be tailored to your team's specific needs.

  • Understand your team's strengths, weaknesses, and goals in a meaningful way
  • Stop limiting feedback to when something goes wrong
  • Motivate your people to continuous improvement
  • Spread the work around and let people stretch their skills

Effective managers are good at the job and "good at people". The key is combining those skills to foster your team's development, get better and better results, and maintain a culture of positive productivity. The Effective Manager shows you how to turn good into great with clear, actionable, expert guidance.

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Incredibly effective and specific guidance

This book is fantastic and I fully recommend it to anyone who wants to build or improve their management skills. It covers the concepts that every manager needs to know and practice: building relationships, performance communication, asking for more and pushing work down. The guidance in this book is clear, specific, actionable and demonstrably effective.

When I first started managing I had no clue what I was doing and all the guidance I found was generic, too general and not helpful (eg. "You should coach your people, and you coach them by coaching them, so get out there and coach them!"). The ideas and guidance contained in this book are the exact opposite. The recommendations are incredibly specific, make sense, and work! This book has detailed and actionable information on the things you can do to retain your people, deliver better results, and be a better manager.

One of the points that this book makes that I really appreciated and found helpful is the idea that anyone can be a good manager. They just need to have the willingness to learn and apply that knowledge. This book contains that knowledge, with the experience to back it. If you apply what you will learn, you too can be a good manager.

Arguably the best thing about this book is the huge array of resources available on their website at no cost. Hundreds of podcasts on nearly every topic related to management, friendly and helpful people in their forums, as well as numerous other resources. And all of it is actionable.

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Great guidance

Enjoyed the book there were many great points and stories. The only thing was there wasn't a lot of details or specific steps to implement them.

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Finally! Straight forward information.

It's truly wonderful to find a resource for step-by-step instructions. So many resources deal with theories. This one tells me what I need to do tomorrow.

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Concise accurate guidance with a solid basis

I have met both Mark and Michael Auzenne. My know them and their background. This book is written with a lot of care and thought after years of on the feet, active management in the rules they discuss.
They have compile data from users, clients, their own organizations at all levels and The in valuable feedback from their clients of the Manager Tools community.
The authors style is direct and six-inch being very results oriented and helpful without a lot of frothy anecdotal stories, jokes or silliness. This is a very matter-of-fact clean, concise yet easy to read guide for the professional. This book is a Sapir your guide for professional managers at any level in in any kind of situation. They are code of ethics and approach homogeneously covers every situation and with the book doesn’t cover in depth is backed up with their large library a free online content related to the book.
I am thankful for this volume and have gained tremendous insights, chips, and tools to become a better manager. I could not be more thankful to the team and the author, Mark Horstman.

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  • Matthew
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  • 11-13-17

The best manager training you will receive!

This content is focused on how to be a manager tactically. The foundation of these tactics is a consistent philosophy of management. I highly recommend this book to people that want to be excellent managers (Directors, VP's...)

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perfect for the new manager

perfect for the new manager, team leader. great tools to use for everyday management. and leading of a team.

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101 Guide for 1st time managers

This book is a great guide to first time managers. It provides key issues that will make you a better manager. For you and your team. I recommend it to all managers at different levels. It's my go to for guide and refreshing the basics of management.

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  • Grant
  • Durango, CO USA
  • 07-13-17

Fabulous breakdown of the mysteries of management!

Great content and great performance. Will be back over this material many times, I'm sure.

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Actionable Advice

Have been listening to the podcasts for about a year and finally decided to give this a listen. Love the clear cut plan they layout and specific, actionable advice. I’ve seen the payoff of conducting weekly one-on-ones and I highly recommend them for anyone with direct reports.

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Great for Managers

Awesome podcasts and even better book. This should be a must read for every manager.

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  • I. Boyle
  • 09-16-17

Great easy to follow Manager Tools book

For a newbie (like me) or a seasoned manager, this book gives you the tools you need to be a better more effective Manager and how to get the most out of your staff.
Highly recommended

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  • Frankie
  • 06-22-17

WOW

why didn't i get this sooner. This should be a standard training manual! I feel like I've just woken up

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  • Benjamin Mutton
  • 07-27-17

The foundation of Management that isn't taught

This audio book realigned the way I look at management. The support casts are worth 10 paid audio books. Well worth time and read 5/5 overall. Only gave this book a 4/5 for performance due to narrator being a little mechanical.