HOW TO BE A BETTER BOSS: To improve as a manager, you must know yourself, manage your time effectively, and work well with others.

Author:Charron, Kimberly

Mind Tools for Managers takes on the monumental task of organizing and condensing an assortment of business and management topics into a set of the 100 most important tactics and strategies to become a more effective manager. These skills will help every manager, from the rookie to the seasoned professional, to become a better boss.

Like any good flight attendant will tell you, "Place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others around you." This sage advice also applies to managers and is the foundation that coauthors James Manktelow and Julian Birkinshaw circle back to as they delve into other related topics. Being a great boss requires a diverse skill set, and improving as a manager starts with self-understanding.

Through a series of simple activities and examples, the authors show how to recognize your strengths and capabilities (as well as weaknesses and shortcomings), manage your time and stress more effectively, and establish the work-life balance needed for long-term career success. Once you've taken care of yourself, they assert, then your focus can turn to additional tools for managing tasks and the people who do them, communicating effectively, hiring and nurturing great teams, and resolving conflict. With this...

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