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The Guru Guide: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers by Joseph H. Boyett
  • Author: Joseph H. Boyett
  • Title: The Guru Guide: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers
  • Size PDF ver: 1718 kb
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  • ISBN: 0471380547
  • ISBN13: 978-0471380542
  • Pages: 400
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  • Category: Business & Money
  • Subcat: Management and Leadership
  • Language: English
  • Rating: 4.5 of 5
  • Votes: 599
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 20, 2000)
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The Guru Guide: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers
"A savvy guide to the ideas driving business conversation."-Fast Company The one book you need in your drive to succeed If you're striving to make your mark in the business world, you don't have time to read all of the business books that hit the bestseller list- but you do need the essential information they contain. You need to keep up with the latest business trends and understand emerging ideas and new terminology. You need concise, penetrating explanations of today's most advanced thinking on business management and leadership. You need The Guru Guide(TM). In this easy-to-use primer, two internationally respected business consultants provide an executive summary of the most effective and successful management ideas put forth by the leading business thinkers and doers of our time: Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, Michael Hammer, Peter Senge, Margaret Wheatly, and many more. They also give you: * Clear explanations of essential business terms, concepts, and theories * Profiles of more than 75 top management figures and their ideas * Cross-links to issues on which these gurus agree and disagree * Insightful commentaries and real- world case studies * Quick-reference charts, bulleted lists, chapter summaries, and other creative quick-learning tools To make the most of the powerful ideas that can brighten your business future, start reading The Guru Guide(TM) today. "It's tough to keep up with the latest management thinking. This book can help . . . and stimulate you to go to original sources of the greatest value."-Joseph B. White, Dean, University of Michigan Business School

Reviews num: (7)

This is a most useful guide, overviewing many major "thinkers" one would run into in an average MBA program. Sortof a bluffer's guide without the yellow cover. Well worth the $$. Authors crisp and precise.

I am a seasoned life long student and professor of this stuff.
When you get promoted to manager but don't have time to study business. Provides a good primer to leading and guiding people.
A good summation of a lot of business theories, many of which really never needed much more than the essay that sums it up.
It a book sure looking into.
Used for school
This is truly great reading! Top management thinkers' ideas arranged according to topic (as opposed to more "intuitive" organization by date/period or by author/thinker).
How I wish I'd come across this book during my graduate school days at the Asian Institute of Management. Truly unfortunate I think, that many MBA's will receive their degrees after having read only a handful of the great thinkers' works (depending on who's ideas are perhaps being pushed or espoused by the business school in question). "The Guru Guide" is essential reading ESPECIALLY for the MBA/MBA wannabe since it not only presents and summarizes lead management gurus' ideas but provides an excellent and convenient forum for juxtaposition and critique as well. For instance, how Michael Porter's ideas (highlighted by masteral degree programs at AIM) on competitive strategy were later disputed by Mintzberg, then by Hamel and Prahalad, who later received the same from Treacy and Wearsema, and so forth.
I recommend this book for MBA's and non-MBA's alike, anyone interested in management concepts. Key insight? With every idea, there's always a counter idea ... with every "best way", there's always an equally valid "other way"...
I wish I had had a copy of this book when I was completing assignments for my M.B.A. It is one of those "oh-so-simple" ideas that has, nevertheless, previously failed to surface. The authors obviously practise management themselves (and for clients), and also obviously did the research necessary to flesh out their concept. Not only do they summarise many strands of management thinking, they also declare their own "bias" wherever they make judgments on the material. Furthermore they provide an acceptable academic referencing throughout, and a thorough bibliography. I do not know of a better reference for management thinking. To top it all off, it is easy to read. An extraordinary achievement. While I am sure that everybody who reads this will offer their own quibbles on choice (I have a few myself), I do not know of any more cogent guide to management essentials. I hope this book is published in a new edition every two years or so. I know that it will save me an enormous amount of research and reading if it is.
Apparently this book got rave reviews. So how come I hadn't heard of it? When I saw it on the bookshelf a couple of years ago I picked it up with great anticipation. The idea of getting the current best ideas for the top management thinkers of the last 20 years sounded great. As I skimmed through, it was well organized and the topics relevant. I decided to spend my money and buy it. You have to understand that I have been successfully cutting back on all of the professional books that I buy.
It was an easy read and some of the synthesis was very good. I can even see how I might reference the book occasionally. Never the less, this is the first time I have rated a book so low. As an individual in the field of organizational development and management change, it wasn`t as comprehensive as I would have liked. For the lay person, I am not sure that it is helpful enough. The material on high performance teams was useful. Other than this chapter, it is not clear to me what a manager would get out of this other than more theory.
I was glad to see most of my favourites: Chris Argyris, Charles Handy, Henry Mintzberg, Edgar Schein, Margaret Wheatley, Marv Weisbord. But where is Rosabeth Moss Kanter and why does Michael Porter get 15 pages - more than Warren Bennis? John Kotter is referenced a couple of times but not enough on his work regarding leadership. For that matter, the work that James Kouzes and Barry Posner have done beginning with The Leadership Challenge and followed up by Encouraging the Heart: A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others isn't even alluded to in the book. This is a grave oversight.

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