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Palgrave Macmillan

The Engaging Manager

The Joy of Management and Being Managed

ISBN 9781137273864
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In this new collection of articles on managing and being managed, Adrian Furnham, author of Bad Apples, offers an engaging and witty look into the world of being an engaging manager.

Based on strong research, this book offers a substantial introduction to the joy of management.

ADRIAN FURNHAM is Professor of Psychology at University College, London, UK. He is also an Adjunct Professor at BI: the Norwegian School of Management. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals, has received many awards, and has
been recognized for the past 20 years as the most productive European psychologist. He is the author of over 1,000 journal articles and more than 70 books, including successful, popular management books. He acts as a consultant to a number of bodies including HM Government, Emirates Airways, major banks and also a number of multinational corporations. He writes a regular column in The Sunday Times and is a frequent contributor to BBC radio and television. He confesses to being a well-adjusted workaholic who cycles to work and does not have a mobile phone.

A Good Send-Off
A Victim of Downsizing
A Work Prenup
Acting the Part
Action and Reaction
Alumni Activities
Assessing Management Potential
Boss Intolerance
Capacity and Performance
Computer Pains
Cupid among the Cubicles
Don't Feed the Trolls
Double De-Motivation
Early Adaptors
Entrepreneurial Managers
Fashion Victims
Female Negotiators
Gendered Working in Job Ads
Green Work Place
Hourly Payments
How to Get a Job
Hypocrisy at work
I'm OK
Journeys To Work
Leap Year Antics
Motivating Your Staff
Mystery Shoppers
Negotiation Skills
Off Duty
Passive Aggressiveness
Pathetic Prizes
Pay at Work
Real Merit Pay
Relationship Building
Religion at Work
Retail Detail
Rigour vs. Relevance
Safety at Work
Sconsable Offences
Serious Assessment
Sex at Work
Smells At Work
Splitting at Work
Staff Surveys
Survey Results
Switching Off After Work
The Dark Side of Happiness
The Importance of Conscientiousness
The Marshmallow Test
The Personality of Referees
The Power of Priming
The Undeserving Rich
They F**k You Up, Your Supervisor and Boss
Truth in Interviews
Under and Over Staffed
Why Go to University?
Why Change Programmes Don't Work
Work and Longevity
You're So Vain


'To read The Engaging Manager is to find yourself faced with a smorgasbord of titillation; at one and the same time, witty and deeply challenging. The collection of essays takes you on a journey through a kaleidoscope of thought-provoking concepts. As you read, you are enticed into questioning yourself; to challenge the thoughts and drivers behind your own attitudes and behaviours; to see yourself as others see you. In order to answer the question 'Am I a good and motivational manager?', pick up the challenge, and read this book.' —Paul K. Winter, Director, The Worldly Leadership Foundation
'In a world where information must be in short bursts to get traction, be that binary code or sound bites, it's great to have key lessons from the real world of management delivered so effectively and succinctly and in a way that together forms a roadmap forpersonal and professional success.' —Chris Roebuck, Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership, Cass Business School London and former Global Head of Leadership, UBS
'What makes a good manager? Read this collection of essays and find out...I recommend this book to all those hoping to develop their practice and career.' - Greta McGough, Nursing Standard
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