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March 11, 2008

First, break all the rules

I just finished First break all the rules by Buckingham and Coffman. Here's what I want to remember:

Focus on a person's strengths, minimize their weaknesses, don't change people. Here are the questions they correlated with excellent managers at a wide variety of companies.

Base Camp: What do I get?

1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
2. Do I have the materials and equipment to do my work right?

Camp 1: What do I give?

3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?
4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, care about me as a person?
6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

Camp 2: Do I belong here?

7. At work, do my opinions count?
8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?
9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
10. Do I have a best friend at work?

Camp 3: How can we all grow?

11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
12. This last year, have I had opportunities to learn and grow at work?

Loved the book, highly recommend it.

Posted by Chris at March 11, 2008 01:56 PM