Book Review – The Six Conversations of a Brilliant Manager by Alan J. Sears

six conversationsThe Six Conversations of a Brilliant Manager by Alan J. Sears is a book I gained a lot from. Written in a fictional format just like a novel, it explains some complicated aspects of management in simple to understand language using an interesting story. This is a very easy to read and understand book. The story is focused on six conversations that managers at some point in their career will need to have with the people they manage.

The main character in the book is Sam Mitchell who is suddenly promoted to be the UK Operations Manager of DecisionsMaker, a tech company, after his boss leaves the job. Sam doesn’t have experience as a manager, and he’s been put in charge of an unhappy team at a time when the company is going through some major challenges. The fact that he has been told by Arnold Kramer, one of the company’s founders to come up with results a month after he started in the role does not help. Add to that having to manage a difficult team and the scene for an interesting story on effective leadership and management is born. Continue reading

One Idea Group Session from Assertiveness: How To Be Strong in Every Situation by Conrad & Suzanne Potts

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INTRODUCTION – GROUP SESSION

This resource will help you facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on 3 Ways To Listen Assertively.

SESSION OBJECTIVES

  • Be able to list and describe the five three ways to listen assertively.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of three techniques to listen assertively.

PREPARATION

Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on 3 Ways To Listen Assertively to the participants one week before the session. They are to read it before the session and bring it with them.

THE SESSION

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One Idea Group Session from How To Do Motivational Interviewing by Bill Matulich

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INTRODUCTION–GROUP SESSION

This resource will help you facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on Communicating Effectively With OARS previously posted (here).

SESSION OBJECTIVES

  • Be able to describe the OARS communication skills.
  • Be able to use an example to illustrate each communication skill in OARS.

PREPARATION

Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Communicating Effectively With OARS  to the session’s participants one week before the session. They are to read it before the session. Continue reading