Great Management Books

I've read some inspiring management books recently that I can recommend:

  • The First-Time Manager - Discusses 8 practical core responsibilities of being a manager. Includes great topics like generation gaps, EQ, the importance of having class and a sense of humor
  • The New One Minute Manager - 100-page story, a man is in search of an effective manager. Reveals the following simple secrets:  1) Set goals; 2) Praise and reprimand behaviors; 3) Encourage people; 4) Speak the truth; 5) Laugh, work, enjoy!
  • First Break all the Rules - (Thanks Anne Lairmore!) Based on research done by the Gallup Organization. Rejects conventional wisdom on most aspects of management. "People don't change that much. Don't waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough." Here's a great summary.
  • Becoming the Boss - More for Millennials but gave me a lot of insight into them. "manage yourself, manage your network and manage your team."
  • High Output Management  - By Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. This is probably the best book yet. What does a manager do all day? Collect information, distribute information, nudge, influence, and make decisions. Prioritize high leverage activities. Avoid "meddling" in the affairs of your reports. Monitoring is essential and can be done in different ways appropriate to the circumstances. Great summary here.