The Effective Manager

  • by Mark Horstman
  • Narrated by Matthew Dudley
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The how-to guide for exceptional management from the bottom up.
The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level. Written by the man behind Manager Tools, the world's number-one business podcast, this book distills the author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll identify what "effective management" actually looks like: can you get the job done at a high level? Do you attract and retain top talent without burning them out? Then you'll dig into the four critical behaviors that make a manager great, and learn how to adjust your own behavior to be the leader your team needs. You'll learn the four major tools that should be a part of every manager's repertoire, how to use them, and even how to introduce them to the team in a productive, non-disruptive way.
Most management books are written for CEOs and geared toward improving corporate management, but this book is expressly aimed at managers of any level - with a behavioral framework designed to be tailored to your team's specific needs.


Understand your team's strengths, weaknesses, and goals in a meaningful way
Stop limiting feedback to when something goes wrong
Motivate your people to continuous improvement
Spread the work around and let people stretch their skills

Effective managers are good at the job and "good at people". The key is combining those skills to foster your team's development, get better and better results, and maintain a culture of positive productivity. The Effective Manager shows you how to turn good into great with clear, actionable, expert guidance.

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Incredibly effective and specific guidance

This book is fantastic and I fully recommend it to anyone who wants to build or improve their management skills. It covers the concepts that every manager needs to know and practice: building relationships, performance communication, asking for more and pushing work down. The guidance in this book is clear, specific, actionable and demonstrably effective.

When I first started managing I had no clue what I was doing and all the guidance I found was generic, too general and not helpful (eg. "You should coach your people, and you coach them by coaching them, so get out there and coach them!"). The ideas and guidance contained in this book are the exact opposite. The recommendations are incredibly specific, make sense, and work! This book has detailed and actionable information on the things you can do to retain your people, deliver better results, and be a better manager.

One of the points that this book makes that I really appreciated and found helpful is the idea that anyone can be a good manager. They just need to have the willingness to learn and apply that knowledge. This book contains that knowledge, with the experience to back it. If you apply what you will learn, you too can be a good manager.

Arguably the best thing about this book is the huge array of resources available on their website at no cost. Hundreds of podcasts on nearly every topic related to management, friendly and helpful people in their forums, as well as numerous other resources. And all of it is actionable.

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- GS Khalsa

Fabulous breakdown of the mysteries of management!

Great content and great performance. Will be back over this material many times, I'm sure.
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- Grant S. Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios