Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management, by Alan Murray

This book was recommended to me by Sam Wilkins, Director of South Carolina's Office of Human Resources, an organization that delivers HR expertise to that state's agencies and Assembly.

Here is what Mr Wilkins wrote to me :

"The most recent book I read is 'The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management' by Alan Murray.  While this book targets all managers, I think it is particularly relevant to human resources managers who are helping their agencies find the 'new normal' after the Great Recession."

A short overview of contemporary management thought

Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, finds himself in contact with a lot of CEOs. He asked them what management books have had the strongest influence on them. Their answers included Christensen's "The Innovator's Dilemma", Cialdini's "Influence", "Blue Ocean Strategy", by Kim and Mauborgne, "Good to Great" by Collins, "The Black Swan", by Taleb, and many, many others.

Murray's guide offers a short overview of all that management knowledge. It offers simple explanations and useful tips about twelve subjects:
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • People
  • Strategy
  • Execution
  • Teams
  • Change
  • Financial Literacy
  • Going Global
  • Ethics
  • Managing Yourself

How is it useful to an HR practitioner?

Several of theses subjects, like People, Motivation, or Teams, are directly relevant to HR managers. Others, like Strategy, Financial Literacy, or Going Global, help us developing our general management knowledge and skills.

If you have read this book, please share your comments!


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