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A Bias for Action: How Effective Managers Harness Their Willpower, Achieve Results, and Stop Wasting Time
In "A Bias for Action", Sumantra Ghoshal and Heike Bruch reveal that only 10 per cent of managers act purposefully to get truly important work done. "A Bias for Action" shows that great managers produce results not by motivating others, but by engaging their own willpower through a powerful combination of energy and focus. Bruch and Ghoshal provide simple strategies for bolstering individual willpower and action-taking abilities, and explore ways to marshal the willpower of others to encourage collective action.
Helpful advice without too much Harvard clutter!
By Lou Min
- November 15, 2004
I was an avid fan of Harvard Business School Press (HBSP), and their brand of management summaries and knowledge. However, over the years, I've become disillusioned with the HBSP editoral style and model of publishing management/general business books.
Funny how many of their titles are written by Harvard Business School professors. Basically, the professors -- Olympian guardians of all management ideas and "know-how" -- are writing books telling practicing managers (middle to senior level) how to maximize their leadership styles and their corporate profits.
Anyhow, I believe that HBSP has recently released a rather improved book, "A Bias for Action," written by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal. It strives to explain the idea that effective managers aren't necessarily busy managers. Busy managers being those who find comfort in just being active, without a vision or long-term goal for their group or team. It asks the question: what can we do as a managerial class... read more
An Executive Coach and Leadership Primer
By A Customer
- April 15, 2004
Required reading for anyone who aspires to success in business. The first half does the job on an Executive Coach. The second half explains why some people at some companies can transition from good to great -- and provide more insight than the Collins book on the process. I like the authors approach -- based in accepted scholarly theories -- and not just another bunch of stories from personal experiences (although there are a good many of those here too). Notwithstanding, I'm recommending this to my clients and associates; and, I've already instituted certain changes with the expectation of being more effective.
Not Just a Collection of Cliches
By Benjamin Rossen "Benjamin"
- December 25, 2005
I purchased this book when it first came out, and skimmed through the first few chapters. At that time I thought it was another collection of motivational cliches; the kind of rubbish one finds in Robbins' Unleash-the-Real-Man-In-You pulp motivationals. So the book drifted about from desk to desk for quite a long time, mostly unread.
A few things changed, however. I found myself needing to motivate personnel after several missed deadlines, and high absenteeism; including among them lead programmers and team champions. Despite my experience in project management and a background in counselling, I was floundering for a while - seeking carrots and sticks, and unsure of how to get the best out of my people. Then I read Peters' and Waterman's "In Search of Excellence", Collins' and Porras' "Built to Last" and Roberts' "The Modern Firm." (the last of these being the best of this genre; very strongly recommended).
Finally I returned to "A Bias for Action" and this time... read more
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