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Comments: Thorough and well researched piece of work. This books beautifully synthesizes 25 years of research into what it takes to be a ‘Great Manager’ and puts it in front of our eyes.
Top 3 Learnings:
1. The Greatest managers focus squarely on strengths
2. We gravely misunderstand the importance of ‘talent’. Conventional management tells us anything is possible and that if we set our mind to it, we can do whatever we want. Great managers understand that an attribute such as ‘calm under pressure’ is a talent and no amount of training can help hone it in people who don’t have that talent.
This ties right back to the 1st point. The simple idea is that we all have our own specific sweet spots – we need to find them and hone them!
3. Great managers build very close personal relationships with their top performers. How else can you get under their skin and push them? :)
And one last learning (this was a great book!), do check out the 12 questions.