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by Marcus Buckingham

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I like complexity. That's the reason (one of the reasons) that I'll likely never write a best-selling management book. Buckingham, on the other hand, is a master at simplifying things and providing concise advice about managing, leading, and succeeding. I can see the benefits to his focused approach. I finished this book with a clear understanding of Buckingham's keys to great management (capitalize on employees' strengths), leadership (provide focus and clarity about the future), and individual success (play to your own strengths and avoid your weaknesses). And it's not that I disagree with any of these basic pieces of advice. However, as you'll see if you've read any of his other management books, Buckingham repeats a number of familiar themes in this book. Further, he sometimes ignores the other side of basic arguments. For example, he adamantly states that great leaders are born, not made. My reading of the research literature on leadership suggests that there is evidence to support both sides of that argument; however, Buckingham provides only examples that support his side. Some of these examples were quite interesting and may prove useful to those attempting to improve their management, leadership, and individual performance. But, in the end, I felt that Buckingham erred on the side of oversimplifying a complex topic. ( )
  porch_reader | Sep 19, 2011 |
I've read the book, seen his presentation, and highly recommend his approach to personal success and leadership. ( )
  jpsnow | Feb 28, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743261658, Hardcover)

Following the success of the landmark bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham offers a dramatically new way to understand the art of success.

With over 1.6 million copies of First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman) and Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton) in print, Cambridge-educated Buckingham is considered one of the most respected business authorities on the subject of management and leadership in the world. With The One Thing You Need to Know, he gives readers an invaluable course in outstanding achievement -- a guide to capturing the essence of the three most fundamental areas of professional activity.

Great managing, leading, and career success -- Buckingham draws on a wealth of applicable examples to reveal that a controlling insight lies at the heart of the three. Lose sight of this "one thing" and even the best efforts will be diminished or compromised. Readers will be eager to discover the surprisingly different answers to each of these rich and complex subjects. Each could be explained endlessly to detail their many facets, but Buckingham's great gift is his ability to cut through the mass of often-conflicting agendas and zero in on what matters most, without ever oversimplifying. As he observes, success comes to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications, and orient their decisions around it. Buckingham backs his arguments with authoritative research from a wide variety of sources, including his own research data and in-depth interviews with individuals at every level of an organization, from CEO's to hotel maids and stockboys.

In every way a groundbreaking book, The One Thing You Need to Know offers crucial performance and career lessons for business people at all career stages.

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Reveals the individual keys to becoming an outstanding manager and a great leader and to achieving personal career success.

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