Book 22 of Year 2017 – “​​The Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook” by​ ​ Harvard Business Review Press

Official Title – The Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – 336 pages

Reading Time – 6.5 hours

Style/ Plot – ​This book is divided into 5 parts:
1. Developing a Leader mindset;
2. Managing yourself;
3. Managing Individuals
4. Managing Teams; and
5. Managing the Business.

It provides coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with stress.

For example, it lists 4 sources of stress (Role strain, Problem-solving fatigue, Isolation and Imposter Syndrome), the symptoms and solutions. There are action items provided at the end of each chapter for the reader to undertake,

I particularly like how the book defines Influence as “helping to create positive and productive outcomes for your organisation, with and through other”.

Favourite Quote –  People are likely to perceive you as untrustworthy when you clasp your hands, touch your face, cross your arms or lean away from a conversation”. I didn’t know that!

Recommendation – ​This is a definitely a book for all managers and leaders to read. Not only do the action items provide a process for managing/ leading effectively, it is also a go-to guide for people in new positions.

Rating – 4/5


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