Academic journal article et Cetera

The Truth about Managing People ... and Nothing but the Truth

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Truth about Managing People ... and Nothing but the Truth

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Stephen P. Robbins. The Truth About Managing People ... and Nothing but the Truth. New York: Prentice Hall, 2002. In The Truth About Managing People (how about that for an elementalistic title?), Stephen P. Robbins, said to be the world's best-selling textbook writer in the areas of management and organizational behavior, has distilled a variety of management research into sixty-three "truths" - essentially Robbins' no-holds-barred advice and specific tactics for hiring, motivation, leadership, communication, team-building, coping with change, job design, performance evaluation, handling conflicts, and more.

The following list contains some of Robbins' "truths."

* Eighty percent of happiness is in the genes. If you want pleasant employees focus on the hiring process.

* Experienced leaders are not necessarily better leaders. Too often, twenty years of experience is nothing more than one year of experience repeated twenty times.

* Forget traits; it's behavior that counts. The best predictor of a person's future behavior is his or her past behavior.

* Two plus two doesn't necessarily equal four. The truth is that teams often create negative synergy, e. …

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