John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Being a Brilliant Manager


The first installment in a new series offering straightforward, practical wisdom from a top business guru

John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Management is the first in a new series of titles from the noted business expert. Focused on concise, practical, and straightforward business wisdom, the series offers the kind of real-world insight that business leaders thrive on.

Short, punchy, and packed with real solutions, this book ...

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The first installment in a new series offering straightforward, practical wisdom from a top business guru

John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Management is the first in a new series of titles from the noted business expert. Focused on concise, practical, and straightforward business wisdom, the series offers the kind of real-world insight that business leaders thrive on.

Short, punchy, and packed with real solutions, this book provides 100 proven and effective ideas for business managers, whether they manage a few people or a few hundred, and whether they work for a small firm or a Fortune 100 giant.

  • Proven, practical business wisdom for managers
  • The first in a new series from renowned business authority John Adair
  • Quick bites of business wisdom for everyday management success

For real management wisdom from a proven expert, John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Management offers everything you need to be your brilliant best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857081780
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN ADAIR is the business guru who invented Action Centered Leadership, now one of the best known leadership models in the world. Organizations worldwide use it to develop their leadership capability and management skills.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part 1 Understanding Your Role as Manager 1

Sixteen Greatest Ideas for Effective Managership 3

Idea 1 A brief history of managing and being a manager 4

Idea 2 Case study - Henri Fayol 6

Idea 3 Understanding groups and organizations 9

Idea 4 The central functions of leadership and management 12

Idea 5 Eight functions for brilliant managers to master 13

Idea 6 Leadership (1) and leadership (2) 15

Idea 7 Leaders and followers 17

Idea 8 What gives you the right to manage? 19

Idea 9 What you have to be or become 21

Idea 10 What you have to know or learn 23

Idea 11 Levels of business leadership 25

Idea 12 Can you manage people? 27

Idea 13 You don't need charisma 28

Idea 14 Case study — Xenophon 30

Idea 15 Four stages of learning to lead and manage 33

Idea 16 A vision of excellence 36

Eight Greatest Ideas for All Managers 37

Idea 17 25 qualities of excellent managers 38

Idea 18 The good business leader 40

Idea 19 Integrity 42

Idea 20 Calm judgement 44

Idea 21 Foresight 47

Idea 22 Decisiveness 49

Idea 23 Imaginative thinking 50

Idea 24 Intellectual humility 52

Follow-up test 55

Part 2 Managing for High Performance 57

Eleven Greatest Ideas for Managership Skills 59

Idea 25 Defining the task 60

Idea 26 Thinking clearly about objectives 63

Idea 27 Planning 66

Idea 28 The decision-making continuum 69

Idea 29 The planning/implementation ratio 72

Idea 30 Briefing 74

Idea 31 Controlling and coordinating 76

Idea 32 Evaluating 78

Idea 33 Supporting 81

Idea 34 Six principles for motivating others 83

Idea 35 Setting an example 85

Seven Greatest Ideas for Team Leadership 87

Idea 36 Your role as team leader 88

Idea 37 Achieving the task - with a team 90

Idea 38 Building the team 92

Idea 39 Developing the individual 94

Idea 40 Case study - John Hunt 96

Idea 41 Eight hallmarks of a high-performance team 98

Idea 42 A very short course on leadership 101

Ten Greatest Ideas for Operational Business Leaders 103

Idea 43 The generic role of operational leader 104

Idea 44 Organizations as communication systems 106

Idea 45 Information flows 108

Idea 46 A listening leadership 110

Idea 47 How to manage meetings 112

Idea 48 Appraising performance 114

Idea 49 Case study - Constructive appraisal in action 116

Idea 50 Six steps for solving problems 118

Idea 51 Spot your problems early 120

Idea 52 Seven useful skills for operational leaders 122

Follow-up test 124

Part 3 Managing the Business 127

Nine Greatest Ideas for Strategic Leadership Skills 129

Idea 53 The art of being manager-in-chief 130

Idea 54 Seven functions of strategic leadership 132

Idea 55 Giving direction 133

Idea 56 Strategic thinking and strategic planning 136

Idea 57 Making it happen 138

Idea 58 Relating the parts to the whole 141

Idea 59 Building partnerships 144

Idea 60 Releasing the corporate spirit 146

Idea 61 Developing today's and tomorrow's leaders 148

Five Greatest Ideas for Practical Business Wisdom 151

Idea 62 The wisdom of business 152

Idea 63 The folly of business 154

Idea 64 Practical wisdom 156

Idea 65 Integrity in business decisions 159

Idea 66 To be a manager is a vocation 161

Follow-up test 163

Part 4 Managing Yourself and Your Time 165

Six Greatest Ideas for Managing Your Time 167

Idea 67 Reflective thinking 168

Idea 68 Ten principles of time management 170

Idea 69 Carry out a time audit on yourself 174

Idea 70 Six organizing ideas to improve time management 177

Idea 71 Delegate, delegate, delegate 179

Idea 72 Learn to say no 181

Eight Greatest Ideas for Decision Making 183

Idea 73 The mind at work 184

Idea 74 How intuitive are you? 187

Idea 75 Five steps in making a decision 189

Idea 76 A unisex model 191

Idea 77 Face the cannons 192

Idea 78 How to tackle systems problems 193

Idea 79 People decisions 195

Idea 80 A rock for decision makers 198

Eight Greatest Ideas for Communication Skills 201

Idea 81 The Communication Star 202

Idea 82 Six rules for effective public speaking 206

Idea 83 The art of listening 208

Idea 84 The model of conversation 210

Idea 85 Communication and relationships 211

Idea 86 Important, relevant or interesting 212

Idea 87 Practical presentation skills 214

Idea 88 How to handle feedback 217

Four Greatest Ideas for Delighting Your Customers 221

Idea 89 How to create a delighted customer 222

Idea 90 The art of building up goodwill 225

Idea 91 How to respond to customer complaints 227

Idea 92 Don't make promises unless you keep them 229

Follow-up test 231

Part 5 Managing Positive Change 237

Eight Greatest Ideas for Leading Innovation 241

Idea 93 Successful innovation 242

Idea 94 Team creativity in action 245

Idea 95 Harvesting ideas 248

Idea 96 Ploughing the ground 251

Idea 97 Market your ideas 253

Idea 98 Have a practice run 255

Idea 99 Make change incremental 257

Idea 100 Communicate to innovate 258

Follow-up test 260

Appendix 261

About John Adair 263

Index 265

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