Lead Well and Prosper: 15 Successful Strategies for Becoming a Good Manager

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"Lead Well and Prosper is a powerful little book that can reap huge rewards in your personal and professional life. I especially enjoyed Nick's action plans!"--Pat Croce, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and New York Times bestselling author

Common Sense Approach Makes Uncommonly Good Managers

Management today is in a state of crisis. No longer simply the butt of a joke or two, there is now an entire cottage industry built around ridiculing the profession--a comic strip, a television show, websites, and merchandise. In spite of the plethora of books and training materials available to show managers the way, most just can't seem to get it right.

Nick McCormick knows this, and it is his mission to combat the management crisis--one manager at a time. His new book Lead Well and Prosper: 15 Successful Strategies for Becoming a Good Manager is a straightforward guide for managers at all levels. "I wrote the book somewhat out of frustration," says McCormick, who has many years' experience as a manager in the IT industry. "I've witnessed incredibly poor management throughout my career, and I've seen the negative impact this can have on people and companies. I wanted to help those who recognize the need to improve."

The book offers a collection of 15 strategies designed to help managers at any level become good managers. Why a "good" manager rather than a "great" manager? McCormick explains that although people should set their sights high, being a good manager is difficult to accomplish--and that in itself is great.

Organized in an easy-to-follow format, this compact guide sticks to the often-forgotten basics--such as provide honest and timely feedback, treat people like human beings, and do what you say you'll do. Each chapter begins with a humorous but unfortunately all-too-true scenario--complete with a cast of characters and illustrations--demonstrating the common mistakes managers make. Then recommended tips are included to help overcome the problem. A list of dos and don'ts--which cut right to the chase--follows. Actions that can be taken immediately to implement the strategy are listed at the end of each section. Appendices list the dos and don'ts in one place for easy reference, and include a quiz that determines a manager's effectiveness. There is also a recommended reading list.

"Effectively combating the management crisis will occur only by training new managers and transforming those who are more seasoned," says McCormick. "All managers can start by embracing the information in this book."

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Managers Prosper With Proven Tips and Practical Advice

Management today is in a state of crisis. No longer simply the butt of a joke or two, there is now an entire cottage industry built around ridiculing the profession--and justifiably so. But the good news is that the future of managers--and those they impact--doesn't have to be bleak.

This gimmick-free guide presents practical advice and tips that will help managers of any level improve immediately. A collection of 15 basic strategies arms managers with the weapons they need to fight mediocrity. Being a good manager is very difficult to achieve, but every manager can succeed by embracing the material in this book.

Most managers don't want to perform poorly; they just don't work on the right things. This book not only shows them what those "right things" are, but it offers straightforward ready-to-execute solutions. Its instructional format includes humorous illustrations pointing out everyday mistakes, brief narratives explaining the importance of good strategies, summarizations of common pitfalls to avoid, and actions that can be taken for immediate results. There's even a test managers can take to measure their progress.

With this easy-to-read and thought-provoking resource, managers will be well on their way to success.

About the Author:

Nick McCormick has a bachelor of science degree in finance from Georgetown University. Currently a delivery manager for an information technology services company, he has extensive business and leadership skills built on a foundation of software development. McCormick lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and three children.

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