Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review # 143: Mondays at 3- A Story For Managers Learning To Lead by Greg Giesen

Now announcing the newest department manager of DataDump Corp: Justin O'Brien!
     These are not the words Justin expects to hear when he is called into his boss's office. Nor are they the words his co-workers anticipate. Sure, he is good at his job, but does he have any idea how to "lead"? His entry-level attempts at management, compounded by his boss's MIA status, leave his department vulnerable to morale decline, as well as a lack of productivity. But just as he gets to the point of calling it quits, he discovers a workplace advice columnist called "Ask Dr. Mac" and sends in the letter that will change his life, and career forever. With Dr Mac's guidance, Justin becomes the manager, and the man, he never knew he could be. 
     This book is a must read for all managers, as well as those seeking leadership positions. I was hesitant to read this book at first because its length, (447 pages), and subject matter. I was under the impression that this would be another dry "self-help" guide about management techniques, but I was mistaken. Greg Giesen has written an easy-to-read-and-understand story that everyone can relate to - problems at work, lack of motivation, relationship qualms and general uneasiness as related to the work environment. His characters are dynamic and realistic; flawed, but willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The story-line is filled with real-life situations including how to deal with inter-office squabbles, how to connect with employees, how to earn the respect of employees or peers, how to boost work ethic, and how to deal with stresses in and out of the workplace. I learned just as much about management and life skills from Dr. Mac as Justin did, so I know that those seeking advice on managerial positions would do the same! I was also impressed by how the book was set up in parts, and how the dialogue evoked the amount of emotions it did. I admit, I laughed, teared-up, and rolled my eyes with Justin and Dr. Mac throughout the whole book. Overall a great resource for business managers/employees, as well as for those seeking life advice - great story with many lessons to be learned!
Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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