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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bob’s Books

November 25, 2008 No Comments


whattodobook

Following is a precis of Bob Selden’s best-selling book “What To Do When You Become The Boss”.

If you’d like to find out about more than 80 other top management, business and leadership books, click on “Book Reviews“.

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Highlights for 2012

November 25, 2008 No Comments

Among the many highlights of 2012 for The National Learning Institute are:

  • “What To Do When You Become The Boss” developed into a new blended learning package.
  • A major management development program run for 30 managers (six residential workshops plus on-site learning activities) seen as “best ever” with six major workplace projects completed for the organisation.
  • Bob Selden attended CIPD and ICF conferebces in London.
  • Positive Performance Management Kit developed and implemented into three organisations.

 

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Latest articles and news

November 25, 2008 No Comments

Three articles worthy of a look . . .

Google and the new management fhallenge

Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney based co-founder of Google maps has just left Google to join Facebook.  Nothing new in that you might say.  People leave organisations all the time.  However, the reasons given by Rasmussen may suggest some important messages for managers in other ground-breaking companies.  They also tend to mirror recent moves by similar creative people leaving other more traditional organisations

Texts, transactions and relationships – what’s the connection?

Today people text more often than talk on the phone.  For example in the US 88% of all teen phone calls are text messages (Pew Research Center 2010).  In fact, this research showed that two thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to text their friends than talk to them by phone. 

To outsource or not to outsource?

Since 2009, two of Australia’s biggest trade unions have been outsourcing one of their core business activities – member recruitment – to the private sector. The firm, Work Partners employing 90 recruiters, was paid $500 per new union member recruited. As a headline in The Australian newspaper put it, “Unions employ ultimate in outsourcing”

Are you about to be involved in a performance appraisal?

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Leadership stories behind the news

November 25, 2008 No Comments

What’s making the news?

Have you ever wondered why some of the world business leaders make the decisions they do? 
The latest articles on the premier management website Management-Issues.com aim to show the management and leadership principles that are being used (or abused) behind some of the current issues in business and commerce.
For example, “Did Plato have the answer to Wall Street’s problems?” and “Who guards the guards?” are two articles that demonstrate the lack of leadership (and why this happened) in the current financial meltdown.
Recent article “20 is the magic number”, suggests a remedy to the excessive salaries being given to CEOs.
These articles are featured on our website, or you can visit Bob Selden and his fellow columnists such as Dan Bobinski, Edward de Bono, Wayne Turmel and others on Management Issues.

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Record sales!

November 25, 2008 No Comments

What To Do When You Become The Boss was again one of the top 10 selling books from over 2,500 authors at publishers Outskirts Press for 2011.

Book sales have now exceeded 25,000!

Bob Selden commented “It’s extremely gratifying to receive such recognition.  However, more important to me is the great feedback I am getting from new managers in the field who are actually using the book.  I’ve also had some nice thank you emails from trainers who are successfully using both the book and the activities in management development sessions”.

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Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?: What It Takes To Be An Authentic Leader

November 25, 2008 No Comments


At last someone has written a book on leadership! So many so called “leadership” books are actually dealing with management. However, Goffee and Jones with their description of “authentic leadership” have clearly defined the essential fundamental interrelationship between the person aspiring to lead and those who might decide to follow.

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Building Agreement: Using Emotions As You Negotiate”

November 24, 2008 No Comments


As the title suggests, the authors Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro set out to show how to manage emotions during a negotiation – both yours and the other party’s. Fisher is the co-author of the best selling book on negotiation, “Getting To Yes” and the similar style is evident here – simple concepts with plenty of real case scenarios to illustrate.

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Negotiation Genius:

November 24, 2008 No Comments


How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond  

“Negotiation Genius” is another book on the subject in a long line of similar books. It is not surprising that the authors, Malhotra and Bazerman are both professors at Harvard Business School, genesis of the most famous book ever on the subject “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher, Bruce M. Patton, and William L. Ury.

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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth In Ancient Wisdom

November 24, 2008 No Comments


I liked the Happiness Hypothesis yet I found it difficult to critique. Why? Well, it’s probably not the type of book I usually read. In fact it sat on my coffee table for over a month before I got started. When I did, I found it fascinating. 

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Management Time: Who’s Got The Monkey?

November 24, 2008 No Comments


Management Time: Who’s Got The Monkey? Has been one of the most popular articles ever published in HBR – and one of the most useful.

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