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Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook

The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The one primer you need to develop your managerial and leadership skills.

Whether you're a new manager or looking to have more influence in your current management role, the challenges you face come in all shapes and sizes: a direct report's anxious questions, your boss's last-minute assignment of an important presentation, or a blank business case staring you in the face. To reach your full potential in these situations, you need to master a new set of business and personal skills.

Packed with step-by-step advice and wisdom from Harvard Business Review's management archive, the HBR Manager's Handbook provides best practices on topics from understanding key financial statements and the fundamentals of strategy to emotional intelligence and building your employees' trust. The book's brief sections allow you to home in quickly on the solutions you need right away - or take a deeper dive if you need more context.

Keep this comprehensive guide with you throughout your career and be a more impactful leader in your organization.

In this book you'll find:

  • Step-by-step guidance through common managerial tasks
  • Short sections and chapters that you can turn to quickly as a need arises
  • Self-assessments throughout
  • Exercises and templates to help you practice and apply the concepts in the book
  • Concise explanations of the latest research and thinking on important management skills from Harvard Business Review experts such as Dan Goleman, Clayton Christensen, John Kotter, and Michael Porter
  • Real-life stories from working managers
  • Recaps and action items at the end of each chapter that allow you to reinforce or review the ideas quickly

The skills covered in the book include:

  • Transitioning into a leadership role
  • Building trust and credibility
  • Developing emotional intelligence
  • Becoming a person of influence
  • Developing yourself as a leader
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Leading teams
  • Fostering creativity
  • Mastering the basics of strategy
  • Learning to use financial tools
  • Developing a business case

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The Most Obvious Things That Are Often Missed

The book touches upon the finer things that senior management often forget in their day to day dealings with the direct reports. Crisp and clear idea without any fluff. A must read for young leaders.

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  • LK
  • 15-06-20

A must read for newbie and experienced managers

Wish I had read this book when I started as manager. I feel like going back in time and change a few things. I can’t obviously do that but I can surely recommend to newbie managers so that they get the best career advise right when they start as managers.

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An essential life skill book.

Absolutely loved it. Want to teach it to everyone in my team. Should seriously be considered as a subject in schools and colleges. Great narration. Very engaging and relatable.

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Really a hand book

Precisely to the point, good summary and action points defined the learning in the each chapter. Of course need to review this book at regular intervals to keep practicing key points.

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A good compendium

It is very good source for brushing up business fundamentals for a manager / MBA. The fact that it comes from Harvard stable, it is much more reliable & creditworthy.

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narrative could be enhanced

the narrative is so strong that you are unable to concentrate on information. it would be great if the publisher could think of a new recitation preference in this case would be a soft male or female voice

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Must read for the managers

This is a book that is a must for managers. really helpful for the 1st time managers.

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  • WM
  • 16-01-20

Need a visual look for some concepts. Missing pdf.

Chapter 7: Narrator says "use this organizing method" as if it is physical book. A visual image or PDF file should have been attached for reference.

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  • kp
  • 13-11-19

Would have been nice if it came with PDF

Would have been nice if it came with PDF so that we can refer. Book is a good one. Narration is good.

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good for starting point

good for the potential leader to be or promoted to new role. The good part I liked in this book was team managment and career management.

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  • Eduardo Bellani
  • 23-01-18

Good overview of management techniques

This book presents an overview of applied management techniques, covering the whole stack of the profession. If you are looking to get a nice introduction, or a help in seeing your blindspots, I heartily recommend this title.

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  • Frank
  • 22-03-17

Very Detailed Information But Easy Listen

What made the experience of listening to Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook the most enjoyable?

The topics discussed were detailed and lengthy but they were very easy to grasp and an easy listen. I learned a great deal from this book and have already practiced some of the techniques taught.

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is like a textbook and I needed time to digest the material.

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