Book Report on First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Buckingham and Coffman

Book Report on First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Buckingham and Coffman

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"First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently” was written by Marcus Buckingham and Court Coffman. It’s based on in-depth interviews by the Gallup organization of over 80,000 managers in over 400 companies to help managers as well as talented employees who have the potential and plan on eventually becoming great managers. The book is mainly branched into "four keys" that are vital to proclaim the potential and perplexity of human resource development in organizations of all sizes. These keys consider the capacity of a manager to select the optimum personnel based on talents, results, strengths, and fit. It’s an excellent book that turns the conventional wisdom about managing people upside down and provides great insight on how to assess the performance of an organization in general.


I personally found this book very interesting, at this point in my life I’ve decided that I want to make a career out of working in Higher Ed and that is the reason I’ve started my MBA. I yearn to be a manager at some point in my life and this book has a great deal of useful knowledge and material to help me become a great manager. The first concept that is introduced in the book is The Measuring Stick which breaks down into 12 important questions about measuring the strengths of a workplace. Yet these questions are not dealing with pay, benefits, and or organizational structure since these are important to every employee. The questions are actually in regards to recognition, progress, and development which can truly measure a strong workplace and if workers can answer them with certainty that manager has efficiently created an environment where the best employee can be retain and attract. “...the manager - n...


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...s not only about learning how to be a great manager, but also about what I as the employee should be doing to improve my work experience with my manager and how to evaluate my job in terms of growth. It’s a tremendous concept to be able to have a great manager, leader, or mentor to learn from, but unfortunately that’s not always the case and this book will come in extremely handy and useful to learn more about becoming a great manager.


Works Cited

Buckingham, Marcus, and Curt Coffman. First, break all the rules: what the world's greatest managers do differently. New York, NY.: Simon & Schuster, 1999.


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