The Hands-off Manager: How to Mentor People and Allow Them to be Successful

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Career Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 223 pages
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The #1 reason cited in exit interviews for an employee quitting is "my manager." Most managers and executives not only aren't aware of this obvious problem, but probably wouldn't know what to do about it if they did. Today's employees do not respond to the old hands-on, militaristic management styles. They are highly independent, individual professionals with their own fully developed ideas. Leaders and managers who try to micro-manage them will inevitably confront wide-spread disgruntlement, absenteeism, and turnover...and increase their own and their employees' stress levels. In The Hands-Off Manager, Chandler and Black offer a new vision for all managers. With stories, examples, and vibrant activities for the reader to practice, this book shows any manager--new or seasoned--how to coach and mentor employees rather than hover over their shoulders and goad them into action. In this system, each employee's strengths are honored and honed in a climate of partnership and mutual goal-setting. Chandler, whose 100 Ways to Motivate Others is a best-selling favorite with small and large businesses alike, has called The Hands-Off Manager "my most original work to date" because it finally solves the age-old problem of getting the best performance out of people without frustrating yourself and them. The Hands-Off Manager and its breakthrough content will take its place beside In Search of Excellence, The One Minute Manager, and Who Moved My Cheese? as an instant classic that will forever change the way we lead and manage.

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Steve is a recovered alcoholic and he has turned his life around. He has written a number of books and lectures. His hands-off approach should be taken carefully. It appears to me that it depends on ... Read full review

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Part One Working From Results Not Theory
Part Two How Is Your Workplace Without You?
Taking Your Power Back
Redefining Success for Yourself
Using the Power of Neutral
Using Focus and Intention
Questions Leading to Success
Inspired Ideas Lead to Success
Letting Go of Judgment
Creating Results
Waking Up to the Whole System
Deepening Your Desires
Living in Three Worlds
The HandsOff Manager as Coach
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Practice Finding an Inner Vision
Reversing Your Process
Tuning Your Instrument
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Steve Chandler is a powerful motivational speaker who used his expertise to write his first book 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever. The book, which received the 1997 King Features Syndicate AudioBook of the Year Award, teaches interested individuals how to remove the barriers that keep them from realizing their dreams. Believing that anyone can become a highly energetic, super-motivated person, Chandler uses real-life experiences from such personalities as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonard Nimoy to prove his point. After the success of his first best-selling book, Chandler wrote Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted To Be to help people break down negative barriers and let go of pessimistic thoughts.

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