I want to tell you about my new book! It is called, The Management Development Handbook, from ASTD Press. I did not actually write this book, I was the editor. I had the opportunity to invite the people to contribute who I thought had something important to say about management. There are 37 authors and 37 chapters and it is a whopping 538 pages.
Sometimes these compendiums are a bit like verbal museums – they include all the classics and well-known authors. I decided to take a different approach and invite contributors who are active NOW and who are exploring the latest and emerging trends in management. You will recognize a few of the names but may never have heard of many of them. And that is WHY I invited this eclectic group of authors to participate – because they are people I think we should all get to know.
The book is not cheap – ASTD has it price around $100 bucks (wow, I know). But it is like getting 37 little books in one. You can download an excerpt here that includes my introduction, table of contents, the Foreword, and a sample chapter. Some of the chapters are sassy, irreverent, and/or story-like. Some share the latest research. Some are lengthy, while others are more like short essays. One chapter is a set of screen shots from the best employee handbook I have ever seen. One chapter is a collection of provocative columns from one of the authors of the legendary Cluetrain Manifesto (yeah, I know, how cool is that?). Words like “cry,” “love,” and “irreverence,” are shared in this handbook about management.
I love that about the collection! There is something for everyone. I think it offers a lot of value and hope you can pick up a copy for your management library.
Who is this book for? All managers and those who develop managers. The chapters speak directly to managers.
I would like to thank ASTD Press for supporting my somewhat non-traditional approach to this book. Doing the museum version is safer because the well-known names ensure a certain number of sales (like having Al Pacino and Meryl Streep in a movie). Projects are always more fun when you work with a partner who lets you color outside the lines.
And I want to thank all 37 contributors!!!! I am a huge fan of your work!
Here is the table of contents with a list of all the contributors. Many of them are bloggers who I have been following for years.
The Management Development Handbook
Table of Contents
Introduction – Into the Future We Go: Lisa Haneberg
Foreword: Betsy Myers
Section1: Fundamental Ideas for Managers
Complexity and Perseverance: Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D.
The Way We're Working Isn't Working: Tony Schwartz
Irreverence as a Managerial Tool: What managers can learn from Tina Fey, Martin Luther, and Bob Dylan: Michael Kroth, Ph.D.
Five Universal Themes in Business: Todd Sattersten
Positively Using Your Power: Sharlyn Lauby
New Evidence of Servant Leadership’s Efficacy as a Managerial Approach: Bret Simmons, Ph.D.
The Manager’s Role in Creating a Learning Culture: Kevin Eikenberry
Building Your Craft: 10 Important Perspectives for Effective Managers: Randy Boek
Managing Scenario Projects: Thomas Chermack
Women and Power: Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D
Brainpowered Tone Tools to Manage Excellence: Ellen Weber, Ph.D
Section2: Managers as Culture Builders
Who Says There's No Crying In Leadership?: Terry (Starbucker) St. Marie
The LKP Field Guide - An Inspiring Model for Communicating Expectations: The LPK Design Team (via Anne Stone)
Rethinking Your Organization as a Community: The Open Source Way: Chris Grams
From Quality to Excellence - Essential Strategies for Building a Quality Oriented Culture: Tanmay Vora
Welcome to the Challenges & Joys of Moving to an Economy Where Access Triumphs Ownership: Lisa Gansky
Should Managers Care about Employee Happiness?: Michael Stallard
The Manager as Extreme Leader: Steve Farber and Steve Dealph
Winning with a Culture of Recognition: Derek Irvine and Eric Mosley
Section3: The Goal - Teams Who Do Their Best Work Together
Creating a Sharing Society: Raj Setty
Are SMART Goals Dumb?: Mark Murphy
How Team-Building Really Works: Steve Roesler
Get Rid of the Dotted Lines: Accountability and Authority in Managerial Relationships: Tom Foster
Performance Management at Ground Level: Wally Bock
The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work: Karen Hough
Engaging Management: Put an End to Employee Engagement: David Zinger
Creating Winning Teams: Vikram Bector
Co-Create: Project Excellence for Teams: Steve Martin
You're Not the Boss of Me: Jodee Bock
Make Talent Your Business: Wendy Axelrod, Jeannie Coyle
Section 4: Management is a Social Act
Unmanaging the Network: David Weinberger, Ph.D.
How to Fascinate: Sally Hogshead
ValYouCasting: The New Workforce Social Competencies: Terrence Wing
Using Social Media to Create Systems of Engagement: CV Harquail
How to Run a Great Web Meeting: Wayne Turmel
Convening: The Ultimate Management App: Patricia Neal, Craig Neal
The multi cultural and multi generational workplace – what are the future challenges to leaders: Alfredo Castro