1st June 2004 - First, Break All the Rules

While waiting for feedback on my first version of the book I finished reading "First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently" by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. I already made a few references for this book, so reading it in full was both rewarding in terms of more good references as well as assuring that much of my other writing is in line with competent literature such as this.

The book itself is based on worlds largest study of its kind, in which more than 80,000 managers in over 400 companies were asked to participate in the survey. The conclusion of the study is fundamentally that the most successful managers break all the rules in what appears to be conventional wisdom in managing people. For example, successful managers do not attempt to treat everyone the same; they seek to treat individuals individually so that they find the best fit in an organization and thereby exploit their talents. Additionally, successful managers do not attempt to change people and expect the same of people, they expect people to excel within their own talents and continuously exceed their personal achievements.

The conclusions of this book is not a surprise, since much of this has already been referred to in other literature in my CALM studies; but it was definitely reassuring to get Gallup backing up the current findings with solid facts. I would recommend this book for everyone who are interested in the science of management and leadership; both the conclusions and the nature of the study is worthwhile.

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