Thinkers 50 Management

Thinkers 50 Management

Cutting-edge thinking to engage and motivate your employees for success

Thinkers 50 Management - Cutting Edge Thinking to Engage and Motivate Your Employees for Success
It used to be that the role of management was straightforward — manage the work, achieve outcomes, meet goals and ensure that the business gets done. Along the way however, as work became more progressive and we saw employees as people rather than functional cogs in a machine, we also realized that managers need to build teams, develop individuals and be self-aware and continuously growing themselves. Coaching, therefore, became a necessary tool in every manager’s toolkit and one which is becoming more and more necessary as we expect more and more from each employee. Now, the office is not a machine — it is a social environment where engaged employees get the business done through interactions with others and continually striving for higher individual performance as measured by emotional intelligence, workplace wellness and yes, even happiness and well-being. Managers — take note. The “yell and tell” days are over and now it’s the “coach approach” which will encourage your team to success.

This is a “Thinkers 50” book which means that the authors have distilled the critical fundamentals from the top business thinkers and aligned them under headings, such as managing processes, measuring performance, managing change, and so on. The disadvantage of this book is that there is nothing net-new. If you have read the other authors, then this book is merely bottom-lining what you have already discovered through their original writings. However, if you are not so familiar with the top thinkers in detail, then this book gives you an initial insight into their work along important themes. Now you will be getting the information through someone else’s filter, and what they deem critical is not necessarily what would resonate with you, but it’s a start to learning more about these gurus and their bodies of work. The book is concise and factual. If you want the full story, you’ll need to pick up one of the original resources instead.


Lisa Sansom, an accomplished trainer and certified coach, offers professional services, from a basis of applied positive psychology, in leadership, interpersonal communications, change management, team dynamics and other areas of organizational effectiveness. www.lvsconsulting.com.

Originally published in volume 17 issue 2 of Your Workplace magazine.

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