Why Can't We Get Anything Done Around Here?: The Smart Manager's Guide to Executing the Work That Delivers Results

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A proven system for ensuring that your business is productive--not just busy!

Coauthored by the president and CEO of the prestigious international consulting firm Psychological Associates, Why Can't We Get Anything Done Around Here? Shows business leaders how to get bottom-line results with new methods for designing and implementing business strategies. These proven methods will help any business:

  • Zero in on tasks essential to company success and assign them to the right people
  • Motivate employees to achieve and maintain crisis-level performance without crisislevel stress and burnout
  • Match tasks with technical, interpersonal, and decision-making skills

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Accomplish so much more by focusing on how you organize and assign work

Sure, your people are busy, but is all their hard work achieving the goals that are essential to your department, your division, and your company? Most unproductive work in any organization stems from poor decisions about who should be assigned to do the task in the first place. Why Can't We Get Anything Done Around Here? shows you how to get bottom-line results, with a proven system for ensuring that everyone in your organization is working on the right task at the right time and being productive--not just busy!

Authors Robert E. Lefton and Jerome T. Loeb introduce the Task Management System, a simple and practical tool that any manager can use to make effective work assignment decisions. Illustrating each step of the task management process with live examples of good and bad decisions and practices, they describe a totally different approach to getting projects done effectively and identifying and rooting out unproductive work. Using this battle-tested system, you'll learn how to:

  • Zero in on tasks essential to success and assign them to the right people
  • Match tasks with people's technical, interpersonal, and decision-making skills
  • Avoid the five management errors that keep you from getting things done
  • Manage in a crisis mode--without the crisis
  • Maximize your own productivity

About the Author:

Robert E. Lefton is cofounder, president, and co-CEO of Psychological Associates, a leading U.S. management and organizational consultancy servicing many Fortune 500 companies. He lives in St. Louis.

Jerome T. Loeb is former Chairman of the Board of The May Department Stores Co. He is currently adjunct professor of marketing at the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in St. Louis.

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