Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It: A Results-Only Guide to Taking Control of Work, Not People, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118559282
  • ISBN-13: 9781118559284
  • DDC: 658.3
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 315 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Why Management Sucks and How to Fix It shows people how to look at everyday management and business problems. Authors Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler teach you to set clear goals and expectations. They talk about the importance of working on the endpoint as opposed to managing the process that gets you there and how to talk about the work without focusing on time and physical presence. The strategies in the book use the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) mindset. With eyes set on getting rid of distractions, long meetings, and unnecessary updates, the book offers quick strategies that can be used every day. People can have success with the ROWE mindset even if theyre in a traditional work environment. The book will show you: How to reframe your thinking away from counting on general availability (Wheres Bob?) to creating clear expectations (Does Bob know exactly whats expected of him?) How to reduce the number of meetings while increasing their quality How to eliminate scheduled events (the daily update, the weekly staff meeting, the quarterly progress report, the annual performance review) in order to increase critical thinking and improve communication. The book takes a look at the big picture of work and offers ideas about customer service, technology, and work flow. The ROWE mindset can make you more entrepreneurial, more connected with the broader trends in your industry, more willing to take smart risks, and help you smash tired assumptions about what work has to be.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Wake Up!: Go beyond Telework.
Creating an Accountability Culture.
3: Motivate Me: No Pizza Party, Please.
The Importance of Trust.
4: S.M.A.R.T. Goals = Senseless Minutia against Random Tasks.
Down with Billable Hours, Up with Results.
5: 24/7 Kicks 9–5's Ass.
Focus on What Matters.
6: No More Bullshit Meetings. Period.
Delighting the Customer.
7: Results: Not for Every Job?.
Results-Only Competency-Based Education.
ROWE in the Public Sector.
About the Authors.