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Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot!

MANAGERS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT when they don’t know the rules. But by understanding the common management pitfalls, even managers who are struggling can do a turnaround.

Great managers are not born. To be an effective manager, managers must not only be tough-minded, fair and innovative, they must also avoid the 30 Ways Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot. This book gives managers a firsthand in-depth look at the mistakes that have caused so many managers to fail even though they seemingly possessed all of the qualifications for succeeding in a management position.

Equipped with this knowledge, you will become a more confident manager as you recognize the mistakes perhaps you and the managers and department heads that report to you are making on a daily basis. Management is a lot more fun when you can avoid the management pitfalls that are likely to bite you when you least expect it.

This Book Will Show You How To:

  • Design incentive compensation plans that work.
  • Know when it’s time to terminate an employee.
  • Avoid corporate entitlement programs.
  • Hold your people accountable.
  • Prepare an annual profit plan.
  • Establish hiring guidelines.
  • Develop a quicker way to prepare a strategic plan.
  • Use a unique management style for each employee.
  • Inspect what you expect.
  • Establish minimum conditions of employment.
  • Take the pain out of performance reviews.
  • Avoid hiring pitfalls.
  • Benchmark ipsative measurements.

Includes Special Appendix Section

  • Sample Position Specification
  • Recommended Reading List for Managers
  • Samples of Open-Ended Interview Questions
  • How To Questionnaire to Design a Position Specification
  • Rules for Designing Incentive Compensation Programs
  • Questionnaire to Lead a Strategic Planning Retreat

Management doesn’t have to be as difficult as many managers make it. In 30 Ways Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot, Bill Lee has drawn on his 35+ years of experience as a general manager, business owner and consultant to give his readers the ammunition they need to succeed.

“The basic management principles Bill Lee has described in 30 Ways Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot apply across the board to managers in any organization…”

— Howard Putnam, speaker, author and former CEO of Southwest Airlines

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