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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    A Real Must Have

    This is an essential desk-top resource for managers at all levels. The 'what should I do now' approach makes this easy to follow and, more importantly, easy to implement the many practical suggestions the author presents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    I've read it twice!

    I read this book, not because I was concerned about being sued, but because I was looking for pointers to become a better manager, and it worked well on both counts. I liked this book much more than those written by executives describing their personal successes, because this book proposed a variety of scenarios from many angles. I could relate to many of the 'deadly sins', was anxious to read the author's proposed solutions and wasn't disappointed with what I read. The book is very readable, very practical in its advice and isn't long-winded. The layout of each chapter is optimal as a 'self-help' type of book to encourage follow through. I've already benefited from implementing a number of the author's ideas, particularly the triple two's, and am anxious to re-read it for more. This one won't gather dust!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    One of the Best Management Books I've Read!

    Managing to Stay Out of Court: How to Avoid the Eight Deadly Sins of Mismanagement is one of the best management books I've read. The format was well organized, with Legal Nuggets, Tools and Techniques, and chapter Highlights. The Highlights after each chapter encapsulate very well the key points of the book. I also think the author's format keeps the reader engaged. I thought it was effective how the analogy to skiing is used throughout the book - in managing with the weight forward (proactive) versus leaning back (avoidance) tendency. I kept thinking how true it is that managers tend to lean back rather than put weight forward and deal with issues. The battery analogy to remind you to D-I-S (Direct, Immediate, Specific) in dealing effectively with the negative and positive aspects of employee performance was also good. My favorite analogy was the 'Gunnysack' approach in which managers tend to place performance issues in a gunnysack. Rather than using the D-I-S method, they save up the performance issues until they dump them all at once on the employee. That one was great! I could also see the author's love of history coming out in his references to history - as in the FDR and Harry Hopkins story, etc. I also enjoyed how the book weaves references/quotes from literature throughout the book. I noticed the author used himself as an example in a few of the stories, which I enjoyed. The tips offered on effective listening were excellent. I found myself taking a few notes. I also liked how the book tied it all together with the 'skiing the run' examples. From a Human Resource Director's perspective, this book is full of practical, insightful advice. I know I plan on incorporating the tools. I will very much enjoy the author's presentation on the book at the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in San Diego.

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