Managing For Success: Practical Advice for Managers

Steven Smith
Cambridge Hill Press (2014)
ISBN 9780989748803
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (4/14)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Managing for Success’ by Steven Smith on Blogcritics.

“Managing for Success: Practical Advice for Managers” by Steven Smith is an easy to read guide with very much needed advice. After being in the corporate world for many years as a manager and a managed resource, I can relate to all the points presented in this book. Smith begins by making a very true affirmation about how most employees are promoted to managers because they excel on very specific technical skills, and because of this are expected to take on all managerial functions with very little or no training at all. In fact, and I can be witness to this, they are quickly trained or oriented by people who had been promoted into their positions in the same way. This lack of importance given to the managing functions training is what creates most of the productivity problems caused by lack of team motivation, a high turnover rate, performance, and general poor resource management within the department.

Smith exposes in his book the premise that simply investing in the training of managers and supervisors on specific skill sets such as planning, motivating and coaching, delegating, hiring, evaluating, department culture building and work environment enhancing, will provide a department or even an entire company with successful managers, which in turn will have a positive effect on productivity as goals are more likely to be reached.  

I found “Managing for Success” refreshing, easy to read and very helpful for my own company’s managing needs. This is due not only to the quality of the content but also to the way Smith presents his advice. Each chapter is well written, simple and right to the point, providing the reader with practical and realistic problems and solutions that can be applied immediately. At the end of chapter, Smith summarizes with take away bullet points for the reader to refer to quickly when needed.

“Managing for Success: Practical Advice for Managers” by Steven Smith is exactly what the title describes. I definitely rate this book as a must read for all professionals who aspire to be or are currently in a managerial position.   I found much advice that I will be using in my own management style and know everyone that reads this will do the same! 

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