New this month is the book, Becoming A Better Boss, by Julian Birkinshaw, Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School.
Whereas most books on managing people approach the subject from the perspective of a manager of an idealized organization, Becoming a Better Boss takes a real-world approach, looking at the topic from the perspective of an employee in a real-world organization.
- Focusing on the choices individual employees make every day in getting work done, this book reinvents the practice of management one employee at a time.
Birkinshaw stresses the importance of taking management seriously, reveals where management practice often goes wrong, and dives deeply into the worldview of employees.
He then explores the common personal biases and frailties of managers and discusses the vital importance of experimentation to overcome the limitations and idiosyncrasies of a particular organization. Throughout, he supports his assertions with case studies from a wide and varying range of management experiments and situations at real companies.
Between the stress of deadlines and the demands of today's business environment, it's easy for managers to lose sight of the importance of people management. Becoming a Better Boss not only shows managers how to lead effectively, but why doing so is vitally important to every organization's success.
- To become a better boss, Birkinshaw recommends leaders ask themselves these tough questions:
- Do I invest my time in things that help others succeed?
- Do I invest in projects that will help the company in the long run, even if I won't be around to get any credit for their success?
- Am I prepared to try out a new way of working that may fail, even if I risk looking foolish?