Maximum Performance: A Practical Guide to Leading and Managing People at Work

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9781845423780: Maximum Performance: A Practical Guide to Leading and Managing People at Work

"'In my experience a major shortcoming of most "how to" books on leadership and management is that they purport to offer "Silver Bullets" - magical solutions that, once revealed, will enrich and transform the reader and his or her organisation. Regrettably, business life is not that simple. Rather, it is characterised by uncertainty and lack of precedent and complicated by the different wants, needs and motivations of people. Nick Forster's practical book, grounded in many years of leadership and management development and MBA education, recognises this complexity and the folly of "one-size-fits-all" solutions. It is a valuable source book, packed full of useful ideas for current and aspiring business leaders.' - Michael Chaney, Australian Businessman of the Year 2003 and CEO of Wesfarmers - the Australian Financial Review's Company of the Year 2002; 'Maximum Performance delivers what it promises. It is practical, useful and well grounded in up-to-date research findings from across the globe. Nick Forster writes well, with a lively voice and has peppered the text with rich examples and case studies. The diagnostic skill exercises and inventories offered throughout are especially helpful. The book meets the needs of both managers and students alike, across a wide span of experiences. Well worth the investment.' - Barry Posner, Santa Clara University, California and co-author, with James Kouzes, of The Leadership Challenge; 'Maximum Performance is an essential read for all business owners, managers, consultants and key decision makers. It is an outstanding and comprehensive insight into the broad range of managerial and leadership issues which confront business people today. It is practical and littered with excellent case study examples and illustrations. Its unique style is easy to read, thought provoking and demystifies concepts that are easily misunderstood outside an MBA course. Grasp and digest this book quickly because it's the smart thing to do.' - Barry Smith, the General Management Consulting Group; 'Nick's book is an energetic and down-to-earth exploration of the many dimensions of this enigmatic thing we call leadership. It is a distillation of much knowledge, experience and insightful observation. There is refreshing and satisfying clarity of discussion; with comment on many management theories, explanations of evidence and research and the consequences of their applications in organisations. The pages are brimming with examples, keeping the messages real, practical and always interesting. Maximum Performance is thought provoking, and the reader is constantly challenged to assess his or her own knowledge, experience, attributes, perceptions and behaviour. It is a wonderful resource for those beginning their endeavours, introducing them to the complexities of leading people, and a delightful summary of instantly recognisable experience to those who are well on the journey. It is hugely valuable to all, whether for new knowledge or a welcome refresher. And, there is just a touch of irreverence, adding an enjoyable balance to a serious subject.' - Penny Flett, CEO of the Brightwater Care Group and Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, 1998"

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An energetic and down-to-earth exploration of the many dimensions of this enigmatic thing we call leadership.

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