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978-0-7432-2320-1 / 9780743223201

Practice What You Preach: What Managers Must Do to Create a High Achievement Culture

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Publisher:Free Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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David H Maister, a specialist in the management of professional service firms, surveyed 29 in 15 countries to determine whether positive employee attitudes really correlate to corporate success. In his consultancy and previous books he has suggested they do, and in Practice What You Preach he is able to show that in many companies it is "attitudes that drive financial results, and not (predominantly) the other way round". On a pragmatic level, this allows him to demonstrate how a subsequently energised workforce will provide top-quality client service--the key component in any service-oriented business. Overall, Maister recommends managers instil trust and respect, develop a high morale and serve as "coaches" rather than "most valuable players". He offers detailed case studies of survey respondents and amalgamates their replies into an explicit Path to Performance as well as four chapters with specific lessons that should be transferable to other enterprises (i.e., effective managers allow others to get deserved credit, ensure workers believe management is not only out to make a lot of money for itself and understand employees are looking for help in growing their careers). Practical and accessible, it also includes survey specifics for those who care to analyse them on their own. --Howard Rothman

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